I'm getting sick and tired of this incessant nattering about the need to "support our troops" in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is especially noxious here in southern Utah where a disproportionate amount of National Guard troops have been placed into full-time front line combat for extended tours of duty. They have un-wittingly been drafted to fight in a war that has nothing whatsoever to with protecting Utah or even the United States for that matter. This bloody invasion makes us all much less safe in every respect imaginable, especially in the way that it corrupts the moral framework in each of our souls. It is a rotten cancer that threatens us with its insidious nihilism and blatant blood lust.
If I don't support the mission, how can I possibly support the troops?
It all reminds me of the demoralized and frozen German soldiers on the Russian front in the brutal winter of 1941-42. Clothing drives were held throughout Germany because the Nazis had not allocated winter clothing for their troops. Hitler arrogantly believed that they'd already have conquered Russia by the late fall of '41 and thus would not need to provision the army for winter. The German people were then asked to support their troops with donations of blankets, boots, socks and coats, even though they knew in their hearts that they were in a futile fight against a country that had not attacked them and was about to bring utter ruin to their Reich in one of the biggest counter-offensives in world history. Most Germans, by then despised the war and were weary and weak, but by God they supported their troops!
I refuse to buy into this way of thinking and never will. You always reap what you sow.
After U.S. troops failed to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which had been the Bush administration's primary reason for invading Iraq, one of the president's alternative rationales for his war has been the so-called magnet rationale. It goes like this: Even though we failed to find WMDs in Iraq, we'll make Iraq the central front in the war on terrorism by making U.S. troops a magnet that will attract the terrorists to attack U.S. soldiers in Iraq rather than people in the United States.
But the magnet rationale raises an important question: Why is it moral to use an innocent country for such a purpose, especially when the targeted country is going to be thrown into chaos and destruction and tens of thousands of citizens of that country are going to be killed and maimed in the process?
This is obviously the latest ruse to cover the truth about the most hostile and violent invasion of an innocent civilian population since Vietnam. My support will always be in the form of a wish that all of the soldiers come home now and never be dispatched to a foreign country again.