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What's Wrong With Society These Days lll

Updated on December 17, 2011

I May Write to the Right, But What's Left?

Okay, okay! I'll stop when someone pays attention!
Okay, okay! I'll stop when someone pays attention!

Must They Walk Alone?

Walking alone with his shadow, a soldier returns home to an uncertain future.
Walking alone with his shadow, a soldier returns home to an uncertain future.

I Promise!

Okay, I know that this is supposed to be a blog about social injustices, social commentary and telling it like it is. But there is just one or two more things that need to be said about the state of our armed forces (Canada and the USA). Why are we fighting wars where we aren't welcomed? And you can't say that it's because of terrorism, either!

Answer me this and I promise this will be my last anti-government-as-the-military's-boss blog.

A Soldier Comes Home...

As if it's not horrific enough that most of the soldiers returning home from some foreign conflict or another has seen the worst that war, poverty and abject terrorism inflicts upon humanity. No, they must also endure the pratfalls that await them when they return, if they are lucky enough to not be in a pine box when they do get back home.If they were smart enough to get 3rd party insurance coverage, they may just be able to get the treatments that they need in order to reintegrate back into society as a wage earner.

For the lucky ones who do come back in one piece, and were able to retain their sanity (how? No idea!) they may have saved up enough money to buy a car, put a sizable down-payment on a home and get themselves ready for the next stage in their lives. Many will become police officers, continuing on with their unselfish service to society (why? No idea!). Do they get enough money for what they have been put through? Not a chance!

Now, when a soldier dies in combat and has a family living on the base, their families are given a very short amount of time to vacate their home. The soldiers gave their lives so that we could prosper, and in doing so put their own families in a financial tight spot, to say the least. Immediate families of fallen soldiers should be given a lot more than what they are now getting, and it's not about their families getting rich; it's about their families knowing that their loved ones gave their lives for a country that cared for them as much as they cared for their country.

What's wrong with society these days?

A Misplaced Sense of Service?

If only the flag would return the favor!
If only the flag would return the favor!

No, no. We salute you!

It never fails to tug on my heart strings as well as my sense of entitlement. I am living in a free country with great medical benefits, all thanks to those who gave their lives, their sanity and their futures away in order to fight in a foreign land. Most of the time, where they serve they aren't welcome, even if the despot government asked for military assistance. Now, 9-11 may be a different kettle, but it still rings true that the citizens of the countries where our fallen heroes gave the ultimate sacrifice didn't want them there.

Okay. So, you don't want us fighting for your country, for your sons and daughters, for your future? Fine, we'll pull out, finish off the terrorists and come home.

Too bad the politicians, most of whom had never seen warfare, let alone been shot at or had to kill another man, woman or child are the ones calling the shots. If they had, maybe they would know exactly what the soldiers have given to their countries, and what their countries owe them. The battles and wars that are being fought today are a long way off from being anything remotely similar to the World Wars, Vietnam and Korea - they are much, much worse. We are sending our sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters to fight in countries where they aren't wanted. To stabilize societies that don't want to be stabilized.

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Was that honor or cowardice? I know he had some of the smartest people on the planet willing to kill and entire peoples, but how? Was he a master manipulator or just a devil in disguise?

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      R. J. Lefebvre 5 years ago

      Marc,

      Hitler was not a man of honor, he would never participate in a duel.

      Ronnie

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks for dropping in, RJ and Red!

      WWll was a necessary evil as far as taking out Hitler and his genocidal compatriots, but the original war was needless. Roosevelt should have just asked Hitler for a duel, like Red suggests, and had done with it with only 1 or 2 people dying, not millions.

      I'm not suggesting that militaries be done with, there is a need for the armed forces, especially with terrorism and drug cartels. But, there is no need for the countless money spent on finding better ways to kill people.

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      Ann Marie Dwyer 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      If warring world leaders had to face a gentlemen's duel, I would guess there would be no more wars.

      Red.

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      R. J. Lefebvre 5 years ago

      marc,

      These wars are about military product manufactures, we would have little need in their products without wars. I can understand some wars, as in WW-2. President Rosevelt had no choice but to prevent Hitler taking over many countries which could have threatened a large part of the globe beyond their occupation at the time.

      Ronnie

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks Geor...

      My uncle was returning from his 3rd tour in WWll, when he came out of the Halifax airport, he was struck and killed by a drunk taxi driver. Live through the horrors of war just to be cut down at home by a drunk driver before you can even see your family...

      I totally agree with the politicians - put them in a room, and the one that survives gets to be President of Earth for 30 days, then another all-out brawl. Maybe this way we would rid ourselves of their type..

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      geordmc 5 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

      Since I have two sons in the military I share your concerns. I also think that if these moronic politicians want a war then THEY should get off their useless asses and go fight their own damned war and leave MY kids out of it!!!!!

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