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  •  Not everybody. Sometimes war is a force that gives (2+ / 0-)
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    us meaning as the book by Chris Hedges puts it.  The glorification of the Marine Corps for example is regardless of any single incident or war or time period; it is just a wonderful group that exists apart from time and place except for the fraternity it represented and for the many vets to whom it was the most important thing in their life or any part of their lives that they could be most proud of.

         That is a true statement of their feelings and for many,  
    deservedly so.  That espirit de corps, that fraternity or sorority now as the case may be is being called on to get them through some difficult times.

    This is a crucial fulcrum or tipping point in our history as a country. CanisMaximus  wrote:

    But every vet I know would do what they were asked to do again even knowing they would come out damaged either physically or mentally. Even knowing that they would not personally agree with either the reason or the outcome. They would do their duty.

    Wrong viewpoint!   The people volunteering as an entire class, walking out of a shop or a farm and impelled to volunteer, younger, older people in WW 2 knew there was a dramatic and obvious challenge. there was no debate and uncertainty any more.  The situation was obvious to practically every sentient being.  It wasn't a con, or deception that made them join, it was cause a critical worldwide definite cause and solution. The espirit
    de corps came naturally, as it has many times before.
    The difference now is the attempt to ignore the cause and purpose and substitute the trappings, the bonding as if that were sufficient to cover the downsides and the purposes of what the enterprise, the war is about.

    If you don't agree with the reason or the outcome why on earth would you still do that job? Is it God's will? Is there a zeitgeist that says America will rule the world?

    If you believe that you are in for a rude and nasty awakening.

    If you think that you and a bunch of other people can just show up on Wall St, camp out and have any effect whatsoever.... well, you will be run off in 20 minutes., you will leave town having wasted your effort 6/18/11.

    by BeeDeeS on Mon Jan 16, 2012 at 11:54:52 AM PST

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