You are not a unique and beautiful snowflake.
It's called the MILITARY for a reason, stupid.
Today I read an editorial in the San Francisco Bay Guardian titled Humanity's true heroes by Tommi Avicolli Mecca.
[ archived here, because we all know how those links tend to go away, or change, or whatever ]
Like most other things I write about here, it angered me.
I'm sick of hearing these people piss and whine about things that have gone down in the military since the United States decided to start swinging it big club of military might around, when the fact of the matter is that civilians have zero say about what happens inside the military.
Didnt hear it? let me repeat:
Pissed off because a member of the Armed Services is going to possibly spend time in jail because of something they did (like giong AWOL)?
Too damn bad. You have no say about this.
Pissed off because someone got captured during a military action because their CO screwed up?
Too damn bad. You have no say about this.
Now you're all gonna get pissed off because "I'm a citizen and I pay my taxes!"
You are correct. You HAD your say long before this happened. You voted. You chose the people who are in direct control of the military. That's your job. Maybe next time around you'll choose a little wiser, neh?
What? Didn't Vote? Then fuck you. Fuck you straight to hell, because you really have no right to talk about a god damn thing. You have the least dangerous job in the political process, and you didn't do it. Fuck you.After that, as far as the military goes, Zero say.
Why? Because the military IS NOT part the governemt. Its job is not to govern a state. The military is a tool of the government. Period. Like all tools, it has one job. The job of the military is fairly simple and straightforward. The military is a diplomatic tool, generally used only after all other diplonmatic tools do not work. The job of the military is to exert the will of the government through force or threat of force.
That's it. The government exerting its will through force.
Force is applied with Violence. Typically the military tries to use controlled violence, because it tends to get your point across better, but that's not always possible. All violence contains at least some possibility of killing people. A side effect of applying force on a large scale is that people are going to die. It's a fact, and has been used to decide arguments between people and groups of people from day one. If force didn't hurt and/or kill people, people wouldn't pay attention to it, plain and simple.
Contrary to what many people think, the job of the military is NOT to give you a little hobby that will also give you a bucket of college tuition. The job of the military is to take people, and train them to be a part of a giant machine that exerts the government's will on others through controlled violence.
Back to Tommi and his whiny little ed peice:
Tommi: The military has chosen not to deal at all with Funk's application for C.O. status or his admission that he is queer.
It's not the military's job to deal with the fact that the man decided that he is a CO (conscientious objectors) only after he heard it was his turn to do his goddamn job and report for duty.
He had plenty of time to file for CO status before being called up. He had plenty of time to shout "I'm a big motherfucking homosexual! I Love Men! Kick my ass out!"
But he didn't. Why? Probably because there was no actual violence going on and he needed the money. The money the the government was giving him in exchange for supposedly signing up to put his ass on the line.
But when his ass was in danger, he decided to not hold up his end of the bargain.
Tommi: Conscientious objectors are nothing new.
True. Fact of the matter is, filing as a CO was allowed to help save the government the time and money it would be using to train a man back in the day when people were DRAFTED into service. It wasn't the governmnt being a nice bunch of guys.
Last I checked, all of the 20 year-olds in the military today are volunteers.
Volunteers who swore the following:
I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT I WILL SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC; THAT I WILL BEAR TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE TO THE SAME; AND THAT I WILL OBEY THE ORDERS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE ORDERS OF THE OFFICERS APPOINTED OVER ME, ACCORDING TO REGULATIONS AND THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE. SO HELP ME GOD.He swore to that oath, and then when it wasn't convenient, he wants to break the contract?
Sorry, but no.
Also notice: ACCORDING TO REGULATIONS AND THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE
This isn't civilian law, kids.
Let's not forget that he basically is trying to give the shaft to an organization that fought to protect his rights more than a couple of times. Rights like the right to walk down the street holding his boyfriend's hand and not be legally stoned to death because of it.
Tommi: Killing is the most vile act humans commit. Killing is permanent.
This is true. This is also a fact that people should have learned by the time they're old enough to volunteer for military duty and take the aboe oath. If they didn't it is NOT the fault of anyone but his parents for not doing THEIR job.
People need to start showing a little responsibility for their actions.
Tommi: You can't turn around a week later and say, "Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to kill that civilian. Bring him or her back."
Now you're just being a dick.
And, fact of the matter is, civilian deaths happen to put a hell of an accent on whatever point you're making, morally right or not.
Tommi: Critics of Funk say he shouldn't have gone into the Marine Reserves if he didn't want to kill. Ignoring the facts that the military runs misleading recruitment campaigns showing only the "glamour" of being a soldier and that Hollywood routinely glorifies military life, making it impossible for anyone to grow up with a realistic picture of war
Look, I don't like the fact that the military as bought into the whole "Marketing" thing in order to get people to join, either, but you are missing the main point:
If a person that's old enough to enlist does not understand that by joining the military they are putting themselves in harm's way, and just may possibly have to harm others, THAT IS NOT THE FAULT OF THE MILITARY.
They're not referred to as Armed Forces because of cool uniforms.
[ By the way, I really wonder how many people would really be in the military if we relied upon just those that joined out of a sense of duty, and not because they couldn't get cash dong anything else. ]
Tommi: Funk went into the military and then realized exactly what he was going to have to do.
And he should of acted then.
Tommi: He talked to chaplains who told him to just shut up and do his duty. That didn't stop his conscience from acting up.
Correct. You signed up, you took the oath (TWICE, by the way), and you didn't ever have the balls to formally file as a CO until the shit hit the fan.
Too goddamn bad. Time to take your lumps.
Mr. Mecca, You complain about the military and how it's taking advantage of this poor little boy and his lack of understaning and lament about how bad war is, but have you ever thought about warfare and who's to really blame?
Yes, I know you marched against the war. You did your part and made your voice heard. Good for you. Really.
If more people gave a damn, ripped themselves away from the television, and got a little involved, we probably wouldn't have even had this conflict in the first place.
24 Jul 03
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