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Seeing Delusional Cogs For What They Really Are

Many, so-called, decent human beings make their livelihood doing things that are not in their best interests. A good example of such delusional cogs are soldiers who serve in the armed forces of various countries. While I do not detest them nor believe that war is always a bad idea- it is obvious to any objective observer that most wars are not fought for principles or against evil but to benefit a few at the expense of many.

The idea that war is a racket is not new. There is ample evidence throughout history that countries, including the USA, don’t really care about their soldiers or veterans. In that respect, the exceptionally good treatment of WW2 and Korea veterans was an exception. Unless you are in the armed forces of a developed country that seldom engages in war, being a soldier is a bad deal.

Today over 30 marines died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. What I am going to say about that event is not pleasant. So here it goes-

Why is the USA involved in Afghanistan?

Though I see Pashtuns and other Afghans as a bunch of greedy boy-fucking morons, the question still stands- Why? Have they attacked the USA? Will killing them, their kids and destroying their opium crops make us safer? Will funding local warlords make us safer? Sure, a few of them once hosted some people involved in planning the attacks of 9/11. But aren’t most of those people dead, broke or living in Pakistan?

Given that Pakistan is the main portal for recruiting, training and finding Muslim terrorists- isn’t killing Afghans sorta useless, and counterproductive?

Therefore, aren’t US armed personnel in Afghanistan kinda like ‘legal’ murderers? Killing those who don’t attack or try to harm you first is murder.. isn’t it? We certainly don’t excuse those who participated in the Holocaust or Japanese atrocities in China just because they were patriotic people following orders. So are Americans soldiers special?

Would it be wrong if I said- “Today 31 delusional murderous cogs in an imperial machine (which will never benefit them) deservedly died in a fiery helicopter crash in Afghanistan”.

Comments?

  1. August 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    That’s pretty much the impression I got while I was in Basic Training.

    Don’t get me wrong, if anything, the military is great at simultaneously attracting both the absolute best and worst society has to offer (most of them falling in the middle, slightly leaning towards worst). Met some great people there.

    But really, yeah, everyone that was there in Basic Training was either in it for welfare (money for school, family, get out of their parent’s basement, etc…), or to attract hotter bitches (bragging rights, chest-thumping privileges, dick-waving, etc…). It was amazing, one look across the hundreds of recruits for an INFANTRY training ground, and more than half of them were just middle aged “regular joe’s” down on there luck, while the rest were hilariously transparent nerds/socially inept “omegas”. What was even more sad was that I was 21, and I was one of the youngest guys there. Most were 25 and up.

    The only guys there that had any real sense of “brotherly camaraderie” were the homosexuals. Some of them basically acted like bitches with dicks. And that “camaraderie” was obviously a cheap guise for wanting to get in the other recruit’s pants.

    I was eventually kicked out for medical reasons, and I’m honestly kind of glad I was. I wouldn’t have been too happy dying for this shit pot of a nation, anyway.

    I had some fun though, if nothing else…

  2. August 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    some of the guys who go in are just meathead bullies–think the kind of guys who become cops, just a little more ballsy. That was my cousin and he is a serious a$$hole.

    The above guy also posted-some of them don’t have allot of opportunity other places in society so they wind up there…. Saw a documentary awhile back on a combat unit. Some of those guys were high school dropouts-didn’t really want to be there. The military keep on “recruiting ” them to stay in with recruiters saying things like, “Whatcha gonna do? Go live in mommy’s basement and work at Dairy Queen? Is that yo’ plan? Cuz ya’ sure ain’t got what it takes to get through college….” “the economy is terrible, stay here where ya’ got it all covered.” Doesn’t seem like a career that attracts allot of independent thinkers….

    So depending on your views of society, they were either exploited men with limited options or men who liked to fight and had it coming. (I think you are picking the later.)

  3. AnonymousDragon
    August 7, 2011 at 5:37 am

    The chimp in the Whitehouse is a fool.

    Most people who enlist in the military in developed countries are mercenaries. They come from the lower rungs of the socio-economic scale. They tend to be smarter than average (according to AFQT scores), realize their chances of getting killed are very, very slim, and want retirement benies, education benies, etc.

  4. Commander Shepard
    August 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Both you and your commentators make good points. What’s really the alternative tho? The military is basically a jobs program. It’s at least keeping people productive, provides some degree of social advancement, and helps develop technologies. Where else could the money go? To tax cuts for the rich? More handouts to oldsters? More cash to baby mamas? As unpleasant as things are they are for the best. This is the rare instance where I’m in agreement with our ruling elites.

  5. P Ray
    April 30, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    The idea that the military exist solely to promote the interests of the rich and powerful is something those in charge like to squelch, with lofty talk of ideals, peace operations and applause from the wretched masses.
    If you have to follow orders (regardless of their stupidity), do things against your principles, sacrifice others without their knowledge and even use euphemisms to get through your day … you’re a slave, no two ways about it.

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