I dont think the question was about the war. thats a whole different issue. the question is aobut supporting the people ther. I would be on the side of the soldiers. No matter what you think about the war, those men and women are risking thier lives for a situation that is here, like it or not.
Hi John, I saw that petition too. dont know who initiated the petition but I didn't join. Our military are heroes when they are protecting the people from harm, promoting equality and helping others rebuild, so yes, they are Heroes.
I don't want to open a can of worms but the term hero has been overused in our society today. When a soldier does something over and above the line of duty that makes him a hero; you are not a hero just because you are in the military. They are courageous and should be supported, but they are not all heroes.
As with any other large group or organization the military no doubt contains its fair share of nasty shits and twisted scumbags, those that join the military for reasons other than to protect those they love. Being a soldier is a job, but if that soldier acts heroically whilst performing that job, then they become a hero.
* And no, acting heroically does not necessarily involve being blown to pieces, bad people can be blown to pieces too.
What's over and above? If a firefighter runs into a burning house and saves a child, we could say they are doing what they are trained to to, therefore it's not over and above. I'd still consider that behavior heroic.
I think the reasons they believe they are fighting for are an Individuals choice ( and to some extent a country's culture) and far be it for me to judge.
I wanted to add to Brenda's comment too , I understand where your coming from, to die a hero might seem like an honor but any grieving family will tell you if they had a choice it wouldnt be honor they would choose ,it would be their beloved alive!
I guess being called a hero somehow acknowledges the death wasnt in vain,unlike the bad guy who has lost the will to be good, or care too much about consequences. So soldiers dying are called 'heros' and bad guys dying are called 'dead'
I just don't agree that all soldiers ARE putting their lives on the line for others, joining the military is a career path, bringing benefits and financial gain. In my opinion soldiers often do what they're told to do, right or wrong, e.g. The Chinese soldiers that slaughtered many thousands of innocents at the order of Chairman Mao during his reign were still Soldiers, were they heroes? What about the American soldiers who 'supposedly' raped Vietnamese women left right and center, heroes? The soldier that goes against his orders in order to do the right thing, now that man would be a hero to me.
I think people who choose to become soldiers know the risk yet take the option. Military might have a financial gain and other benefits but not all of us want to become a soldier? Do we. As a soldier you are at a higher risk of dying in your job. The first thing Soldiers are told is about discipline and to take orders. Imagine every soldier thinking morally and making decisions for them selves. That would be disastrous (there would be no army). It is like a knife - you decide if you want to use it to cut vegetable, fruits or you want to stab someone. I am not defending soldiers who did wrong deeds nor claim them as heroes but the rest of them, to me are!
On a lighter note my husband loves "Heroes" episodes(and even I end up watching it). I guess if some of these "heroes"/soldiers were able to go into the future(like the Japanese guy in the "heroes" who travels back/forth in time/space) and realize that they were being lied about the WMD then how many would have still put there lives at risk for those lies?
My sons love that programme too, my youngest (almost 18yrs) commented , everyone thinks they are all fighting for the right reasons dont they mum ,and he's right , every country has their own hero's. Mines at work right now
You just proved the thesis - their freedom fighters (and yes, they call them freedom fighters) are your terrorists.
On a serious note, I tend to agree to CW-girl point of view, too many times I saw in my life certain people and organizations moving back and forth from freedom fighters to terrorists, depending on who tells the story or when the story is told...
Of course soldiers are heroes, if it wasn't for our military here in the U.S. we would not be able to live how we live today. Without them we would not exist. I am proud of our soldiers and shame on the people who are trying to have it removed from facebook.
I certainly do, and I certainly didn't mean that 'Of course Amercian soldiers are heroes' is what I was thinking, but felt that's what those making those kind of statements wanted to say, as you and others have pointed out above, even terrorists are soldiers of another side.
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