Sunday, June 04, 2006

You Hate the Military. So You Bash the People who were Recruited. Brilliant.

This is actually a quote from someone who believes that the Bush Administration was behind 9/11, and decides to blame those not in power for the war on Iraq.

"The 'enemy' insurgents of Iraq, Fighting for their rights, Sacrificing their lives daily, not because they can but because they WANT too. and because they are doing it for their country. Those are the people i respect.
That is TRUE patriotism.
Not the lazyfuck american shithead who couldnt get a job so he joined the army and got shipped over to iraq to fight a war he has no clue about. Fuck Him.
I'm happy a worthless shithead like that would die."

I believe that the US government was behind 9/11. I am opposed to war with Iraq, etc. But insulting people in the military?

I am a pacifist, so I oppose any type of military.

The "lazy American shithead who couldn't get a job so he joined the army" is one of the high percentage of poor people in the US; a lot of them wanted to go to college, and the army promises scholarship money. LAZY?! Couldn't get a job so he joined the military? What on god's green earth makes you think that that's lazy?

So anyone who grows up without the privilege of being a middle-class snob is a lazy shithead if they do ANYTHING to help themselves besides get a shit job at MacDonald's. Jesus Christ. Are you one of those Randian Libertarians who believes that poor people are all lazy fucks who just need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps? Wow, so that explains why so many minorities are poor and join the military. Cause minorities are lazier than the rest of us.



The truth is:

Military recruits come from poor areas.

"Students who experienced recruitment harassment were predominately lower-income and/or minority students."

The military is a form of economic discrimination, sometimes called economic conscription or an economic draft, that forces lower income people into the military.

" During the Gulf War, over 50% of front-line troops were people of color. Overall, more than 30% of enlisted personnel are people of color while only 12% of officers are. GIs of color are disciplined and discharged under less than honorable conditions at a much higher rate than whites. When recent studies showed a slight dip in young African-Americans’ interest in the military (which was already disproportionately high), the Pentagon reacted with a new ad campaign. They’re now using special Spanish-language ads to target Latino youth, sending fancy recruitment vehicles into lower-income and minority communities, and advertising using hip-hop. The recruiters’ lethal result: tracking high-achieving young people in communities of color into a dead-end, deadly occupation."

Hey, good thing for the military, really. It weeds out all the pathetic poor of this country. Social Darwinism all the way!

2 comments:

ifaluk said...

Right on yo, its capitalism's fault poor people go into the military because there's unemployment and shitty wages. Sigh. Some people do really join because they believe in it, though. I know its crazy.

Benjamin said...

Classism & other forms of categorical thinking are unfortunately challenges that we must all be constantly on guard against.

It is not uncommon for a reaction against much of the socialisation that the armed forces encourage to become confused with the people themselves.

There are many qualities of the "Military Tribes" that I myself reject completely, but we must retain our sympathy for those involved, and the terrible environment that war creates.