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  •  May I suggest a better target? (3+ / 0-)
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    dirkster42, terryhallinan, PSzymeczek

    We've made a cult out of the uniformed, and rendered ourselves a chubby, television watching Sparta.  The fault is not in the people who wear those uniforms, for the most part, but in a culture which holds up submission to big, unbearably brutal and expedient machines an ideal of human accomplishment and expression.  From the first bit of news in the morning to CSI before bed.

    I agree with many of your points but am bothered a bit because I saw a very very young man -- not much more than a child -- in a suit, on the street, with two alumnum legs to the hip and a help a veteran sign a couple months ago and I can't get it out of my fucking head.  The biggest price for these wars is going to be in the young men and women who come home now, and many of them aren't going to be able to fit in and do a 9-5 no matter how we slice it.  Calling them all "heros" is absurd, a grotesque lie in a host of ways, but pointing out that they are not heros is a good way to forget them.  Which I think we are already working hard to do.

    ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

    by jessical on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 06:35:55 AM PDT

    •  They're not heros, they're victims. (3+ / 0-)
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      Calling all soldiers, wounded or intact, heros is ultimately just another form of exploitation and abuse. These people won't benefit from heroization, or be more likely remembered. In fact they are harmed as powerful jingoistic elements in society use this manufactured hero worship to justify and promote more, bigger, and more prolonged military adventures for their own greedy gain. Every new war and campaign puts soldiers back into harms way and further bankrupts the nation, inevitably defunding vet services and generating millions more recruits who can't make a living otherwise.

      •  agree (2+ / 0-)
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        dirkster42, quill

        but I'm not sure that your view or mine matter at all in the discourse of a dying empire.  

        On the upside, "hero" has already become absurd.  The military is way too big, applies it to everyone, and the word is obviously overused, even for Fox watchers I think.  The harder problem is that it is very very difficult to find a moral frame for the waves of "Johnny Get Your Gun" 20 year olds, so the word will continue to be used by the news and punditry in general, because every single one of these contains a truth too terrible to be said in public, on the air.  It is much easier -- indeed, the only acceptable and approved course -- to call them heros.

        ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

        by jessical on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 08:20:15 AM PDT

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