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GUEST,josepp BS: 'Heroes' or Mercenaries? (193* d) RE: BS: 'Heroes' or Mercenaries? 29 Apr 12

What GUEST 1664 is saying is that the military goes where the govt sends it and that govt is elected by the people. Even though the invasion of Iraq was unethical, the VAST majority of Americans believed it was the right thing to do at the time and only turned against it when it became painfully apparent that Bush had his head up his ass. But so did the people who elected him--twice.

If you don't like the missions that the military does DON'T send them there through the power of your vote. If you voted for Tony Blair--like it or not--YOU are part of the reason Britain went into Iraq alongside America. So think carefully before you vote in the next election. If you don't care what the military does, then fine. But if you're going to come on places like Mudcat and raise a fuss over the actions of our military in other countries, think first about you might have done (or not have done) that might have prevented it.

As for military personnel being made uncomfortable for refusing to obey an illegal order, I'd much rather have a clear conscience 20 years down the road than to hate myself for being too gutless to stand up for what I believe in. The guys who refused to participate in the My Lai massacre may not be regarded as heroes but they also don't wake up screaming and covered in sweat because they bayoneted babies and shot old ladies pleading for their lives. I think most of them can live with that.

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