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I'm fucking sick of seeing "Support Our Troops" everywhere. "I know you're against the war but right now you need to be supporting our troops... so quit speaking out against the war."


Ok... first of all, even if the troops were aware of the fact that I'm against this war, they certainly wouldn't be dumb enough to take that as me being against them, would they? I mean, one of the reasons I don't want the war is because I don't want anyone, including them, to be killed over this shit.

Second, what the fuck does it mean, anyway, "Support Our Troops"? You think that by waving some fucking sign at the freeway overpass you're contributing in some way? Just walking around saying "Support Our Troops" doesn't really do anything for them. If you really wanted to support them, you'd go out there and do their laundry, or make them lunch, or pick up a gun and kill you some Iraqis.

Or maybe the best way anyone can support our troops is to take them out of this war and quit risking their lives unnecessarily.

Anyway, here's a task for you all. It's not easy to do, could result in an ass kicking or two, but is guaranteed fun. I promise to do this too. From now on, when you see someone with a "Support Our Troops" sign, go up to them and ask them "How?" Conversations should go something like this:

Me: "How?"
SOT: "How what?"
Me: "How shall I support our troops?"
SOT: "Huh?"
Me: "You want me to support our troops, but I don't know how to go about doing that."
SOT: "Ummm.. send them some cookies!"
Me: "Oh... so like when they're in the hospital, they can have fond memories of their last solid food?"
SOT: "Go away. I have guns."



Mar. 27th, 2003 04:45 pm (UTC)
The "support our troops" crap is just more of the same bullying tactics used by the right to silence the opposition. The whole idea is echoed in the "uniting around the president" garbage that they are also espousing. Somehow they hope that by sidestepping the ACTUAL argument that people against the war make, that people will forget that they have an argument. You know, it changes the discussion from "why are we killing people in Iraq?" to "why do you hate our soldiers?" The first question often gets lost in the shuffle. The has worked pretty well in the whole Israeli/Palestinian debate. Anyone who questions the policies of the current Israeli government is automatically tarred with the "anti-semitic" label. It's pretty funny when they use this against someone who's Jewish...