What do you think of the military?

@bhbirdie6 (1771)
United States
October 15, 2006 9:49pm CST
I'd be interested to hear everyone's thoughts on this. Particularly with the war in Iraq and what's been happening in Iran and N. Korea.
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@EagleEyes (646)
• United States
27 Oct 06
I think the military is doing the best job they can do. I think we all owe them (the ones serving now and all who have served in the past) a huge Thank You! If it wasn't for them we wouldn't have the freedom we have now. They are real life Heros! I would like to say "Thank You" to their families also.
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@bhbirdie6 (1771)
• United States
27 Oct 06
I agree. Thanks for the comment.
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
26 Oct 06
I think it is sad that we need a military. We need law inforcement here too. I truly wish everyone could get along and that we didn't need either one. But in reality we have to protect ourselves. All countries and all peoples need protection from police or the military.
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• United States
27 Oct 06
I haven't thought much about the military because personally that mentality has never appealed to me. What I especially don't understand is how a lot of the people fighting in the military are completely interchangeable with regards to what country they are fighting for. They just want to fight and have no knowledge of why it is they are fighting or for what. I don't think there has been a war worth fighting for in my lifetime. There have been fights, but never a war, and surely not one the US was involved in. Some people get it, some don't...as far as I'm concerned, anyone, Dumb Enough, to want to be in the military should be allowed. To kinda quote Bill Hicks.
@bhbirdie6 (1771)
• United States
27 Oct 06
I think that the military does involve quite a bit of indoctrination but I wouldn't go so far to say that everyone who wants to join the military is dumb for it. And I think any time bombs or gunfire are exchanged on a consistent basis, that qualifies as a war. So the short exchange that happened between Palestine and Israel early this year was a war. There's a war in Darfur right now and there's been serious unrest in Uganda for a long time. The US hasn't gotten involved in these but there have been wars. How about the war in Rwanda? Which the UN did intervene in.
• United States
27 Oct 06
my husband is in the army. people who do not support our troops need to enlist, go through what they've been through, and then they might have a little respect for the men and women who lay their lives on the line for them.
@bhbirdie6 (1771)
• United States
27 Oct 06
I think almost everyone has deep respect for the men and women who join the armed forces. I think a little less respect is given to those who carelessly throw lives away simply because they can and they are in control.
• United States
28 Oct 06
Every man and woman that signed up knows what they are getting into. My husband knows what could happen to him and he believes he is doing the right thing and I married him knowing the same thing and I stand by him 110%. These men and women do NOT deserve to be ridiculed by people who believe the war is not right. They are giving their lives for us and we should band with them not against them. If you don't believe in the war, fine, but please don't take it out on the men and women who believe in what they are doing.......... their job.
@srhelmer (7031)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
27 Oct 06
Those who criticize the military take their freedoms for granted. Americans who criticize the United States for getting involved with other countries' conflicts should read their history books and learn about how France and the Netherlands lost soldiers fighting in our Revolution and wonder what would have happened if they wouldn't have made that sacrifice.