Memorial Day is the one when the people and leaders of the United States reveal the extent of their hypocrisy. All claim to honor the men and women that “serve” the country, but little is done for veterans upon returning home from serving in needless wars. Many profit from war, but soldiers do not. Insult is always heaped upon injury. Lip service helps no one, beyond the illusion of good feeling provided the one mouthing platitudes.
The worst are the ones that never served in the military, much less fought in a stupid war. The punishment for hypocrisy should be a year in combat duty at the front...as it is currently defined. I’d like to see jerks like Lindsay Graham, Ted Cruz, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Riley, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannitty, and their ilk endure months in a forward fire base. You can pick the theater of operations.
I do not know why people are surprised by soldier’s behavior and subsequent local population outrage. The country in question is interchangeable.
Why do people believe that soldiers are angels and heroes? Most are poorly educated, lack manners, cannot think, and are trained to hate anything foreign, be it religion, nationality, or politics. The US Constitution and Bill of Rights might promise freedom of religion and separation of church and state, but do not fool yourself: Christianity is special. Given the ranting in the country about (the Christian) god’s chosen people and His/Her/It’s blessing said chosen people and concurrent ranting about the evils of Islam, soldiers’ actions are to be expected and even understandable (and welcomed by Fox News and talk radio fans).
There is a direct line between My Lai, Abu Ghraib, and numerous other military crime scenes in history. Burning another religion’s sacred texts is understandable for American soldiers, who are constantly bombarded with vitriol from conservative talk radio blowhards, conservative politicians—each vying to out-conservative the other—phony preachers—who seek to increase awareness for their personal fundraising by burning a Koran—and assorted pundits, each hoping to raise awareness for a blog.
Don’t blame soldiers for the sins of the country and the state of society…or human nature. The lowest common denominator seems to dominate behavior, the country is striving to achieve new lows.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.