Happy Fuck the Troops Friday! Fuck you for voluntarily signing up to receive money stolen from citizens as a paycheck, you welfare whores. Fuck you for voluntarily signing up to participate in the killing of humans for corporate profit. Don’t kid yourselves into thinking you’re defending any…
Okay, I’m going to reply as calmly as I can manage, even though if you said that to my face, my first response probably would be to slap you, then start yelling. But I’m going to try to be as civil in my response as I can be.
I’m going to start with the disclaimer that I am speaking about the Canadian military, as I am Canadian, as are the people within the military services who I talk to and get to ask questions regarding what they do. Keep in mind, however, that the Canadian and American military tend to get together on plenty of missions, and do a lot of the same things.
So I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you don’t know much about what the military does other than what gets publicized on the news or in the papers. Well, I’m sorry, but you’re seeing about 10% of what the military does. I hate to burst that particular bubble, but there it is.
Now, a lot of the army’s forces is spent on peacekeeping, as it tends to be through the UN and they tend to stay out of country’s business to regain sovereignty. Meaning that you are right, the troops are there not to protect our freedoms, but the freedoms of the people in those countries. Are you aware of what happened in Rwanda? That’s what happened when we didn’t take the “offense” when we should have. I’m sure the millions of people are very happy that those “welfare whores” didn’t take action and only stood by with their guns. I’d tell you to ask them, but they are dead. Oops.
Now, I’m especially going to assume that you don’t know what the Navy does, as most people don’t. Well, good thing I know so I can tell you. Tell me, how many stories of freighters being stolen by pirates have you heard within the last year? Probably not very many, I”m willing to bet.You can thank the naval forces for that, because they are the ones who deal with the pirates and make sure all of the citizens on those boats make it home on a daily basis, because it pretty much happens daily. But I’m willing to bet that you didn’t know about that.
To be honest, you can protest what the troops are doing, you can hate what their objectives are, I don’t care. I myself have objections with what they do, but I have to tell you, the men and women doing it are better people than you and I could ever be. They not only face physical trauma, they face years of emotional trauma, and don’t tell me that they don’t, because I sleep beside a petty officer with night terrors and flashbacks. They put a lot on the line for next to no pay, recognition, or reward. So if you honestly think of them as welfare whores, fine, but don’t you DARE think you have a clue as to what they do. Because, in actuality, you don’t.
For starters, you presume to know a lot about what I do and do not know, which is pretty ignorant considering you do not know me at all.
You realize the Rwandan genocide would never have occurred if not for imperialism, statism, militarism, nationalism, and a bunch of dudes ‘just following orders’ who colonized the place and created the racial tensions in the first place, right? So the same sort of people and institutions you’re supporting now are the ones that are responsible for the entire mess in the first place.
As for the freighters/pirates, instead of stealing money from citizens to fund global police forces, the shipping companies could simply hire security forces of their own to protect their ships. Because why should you or I have to foot the bill to defend a fucking oil company’s tanker from getting hijacked?
I feel sorry for people who volunteer to join the military and end up broken people as a result. It’s definitely a tragedy. But it’s a completely avoidable one, especially considering they willingly signed up for it.