March 26, 2007
Be Patriotic, but be Realistic...
So, I just heard a news story about this, "Support Our Troops Day".
I really like this idea. We have various veterans days, and an Armed Forces Day, but nothing (unless I'm wrong) that spotlights the individuals who are fighting/serving right now. However, it made me think about a statement I've heard so much of for the last 4 years. People have said that people need to "support our troops in Iraq because they are defending our country."
Maybe it's because I'm against this war, but I hate that statement. Let's be realistic here. Our troops in Iraq are not defending our nation whatsoever. They are, on the other hand, defending our interests (whether those interests are right or wrong in your eyes). What are our interests in Iraq? Well, to cover the obvious, oil. To cover the not-so-obvious, looking like heroes. Imagine if were are the country that leads the charge to create stability in the Middle East. Awesome, but not realistic.
You know, there was an attack on people who used war-terms for sports. "Football is like going to war." "It's a real battle out there." "We killed them." Those suddenly became not so cool to use, but if that's the case, then let's be patriotic, but be realistic about what we say about the real war in Iraq. The troops aren't protecting us, they are protecting our interests. I just don't think it's worth all the innocent lives.