Mr. Anonymous Special Snowflake at 12 something today wrote:
“Nothing honorable about killing people half way around the world that never did anything to us. That’s not self defense, that is murder. Furthermore, you were paid to do all of this with money that was extorted from me and my family at gun point. Adding insult to injury, you did the opposite of upholding your oath. You attacked people who never harmed you or your family, and instead let the very people that extort, kidnap, assault, and murder all of us,continue to do their evil. Not only did you not defend your oath, you actively worked against it on many different levels. I understand that you have bought the ticket and took the ride, and now you are stuck defending the jingo mantra for the rest of your life, or be subject to truth that will be embarrassing to you and hard to deal with. My advice, let the truth in and move on, continuing the good guy military role that will honor his oath is a lie. A deadly lie that not only has helped to kill millions, but to only further enslave on”
So please tell me, Mr. Anonymous how much courage it takes to regurgitate jingoistic talking points straight out of the Media Matters playbook? Sitting and doing nothing in the face of evil, (and Iraq had some very evil men), does not make you morally superior. I will say that I do not have to justify my existence to someone whose crowning achievement, thus far, is showing up to comment on a blog. You may sneer at people who have done more than you ever will from the safety of your room and go tell everyone that shares your limited worldview how brave you were. But it does not make you brave. Going somewhere far off to defend a people you will never see again just because it is the right thing to do, again and again, and again, is courageous. Being afraid and going anyway is brave. Shooting spitballs at better men than you whilst enjoying relative peace and prosperity is absolutely pathetic.
To be clear, I am not offended in the slightest by this comment. I smacks of passionate naiveté and willful ignorance. I hope that in the fullness of time when this special snowflake has seen more of the world and understands history a little better, they will remember this comment and how completely devoid of reality it is. If not, meh, doesn’t matter. I and my brother’s and sister’s don’t need his approval.