Monday, July 12, 2010

How to Be Unpopular in One Easy Lesson

Another Australian soldier has died and the media is in overdrive about him being a sacrifice and and a hero fighting for his country. Bullshit!

Okay I say right up front that the death of anyone is sad and obviously affects their family and friends. My comments are not meant to take any of that away.

But in this country people in this country CHOOSE to join the military where they learn to KILL people. They are WELL AWARE of the risks that are involved. They are receive FINANCIAL REWARD to be in the danger zone. Their families certainly are well looked with things like free rent and FINANCIAL COMPENSATION they die at work.

That differs so much from the experience of the average Australian who is contributing at least as much to their future of their country. Their families are not compensated, they have to pay for their own funerals, their expense roll in regardless.

These are not sacrificial warriors - these are men who CHOSE a violent career. There are more people who die on building sites or farms or truck drivers than who die fulfilling their need for violence - are the soldiers more "important". Not to mention those who die of cancer or young people who suicide or children which. Where is the equal help for their families?

Stop martyring those who have made a choice.

Image: "Sacrifice" by grigjr

1 comment:

admiyo said...

Mountaingirl

All life is valuable. It is just as sad when a man dies on a construction site as on the battlefield.

Many people chose the military for financial reasons, but the pay sucks, the hours are long, and the work is brutal. I speak of the US Army, but it has been true of being a soldier since Christ was a Corporal (to use an old Army expression).


But signing up to be a solider, even more so than getting drafted, means that you volunteer to put yourself in harms way. Not just to be a killer, but to stop killers. To be willing to make that hard decision, to die or watch another die, or the kill, in order to, hopefully, take a bad situation and give it the chance to heal.

The US and Australian Armed Forces have a long history of interoperating. WHen I was stationed in Hawaii many moons ago, my roomate headed to Australia to conuduct bilateral training missions with the Australian Armed forces (Kangaroo Hop, I think they called it). We share more than just a common language. WHile both countries have often fallen short of their values, it is people who make the hard decisions that keep pushing those values forward. Peace protester amd Soldier alike often work to the same ends.