Thursday, September 09, 2010

Support the Troops!(TM)

They are not saints.

The uproar over the decision of Carlos Beltran, Oliver Perez, and Luis Castillo to forgo the team visit to Walter Reed has gone beyond nonsensical. I'm not talking about these Mets players not being saints. No, I am talking about the United States military. I have had it with the glorification of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines by a nation that has no concern for why these troops are fighting wars in the first place. I have had it with God Bless America(TM) in the seventh inning and the "Proud to Be an American" with soldiers on the scoreboard to standing ovations. Our troops are not saints. Some of them are good people. Some of them are great people. Others are scumbags who are only in the military because they couldn't make it anywhere else in life.

These are scumbags. Their names are Andrew Holmes, Michael Wagnon, Jeremy Morlock and Adam Winfield. They are four of
twelve American soldiers [facing] charges over a secret "kill team" that allegedly blew up and shot Afghan civilians at random and collected their fingers as trophies.

Five of the soldiers are charged with murdering three Afghan men who were allegedly killed for sport in separate attacks this year. Seven others are accused of covering up the killings and assaulting a recruit who exposed the murders when he reported other abuses, including members of the unit smoking hashish stolen from civilians.
These are not isolated incidents. Many atrocities have been committed by these glorified folks that would make any real Christian - or any good person - disgusted. Yet many who call themselves Christian think this is ok, that the US military can do no wrong.

Somehow, the notion of US soldiers being akin to gods has taken root in the unthinking masses, and now, three baseball players are being crucified in the press for not worshiping at the altar of the BDUs. Why should baseball players be expected to visit wounded soldiers who may be great people or may be scumbags like Andrew Holmes? What's more, Perez and Castillo are not even Americans, and Beltran, while technically an American citizen, is Puerto Rican, a country where many don't call themselves Americans, either. Why the heck should they be expected to visit the wounded soldiers of a country not of their nationality?

How many of those outraged at the Mets players have visited wounded troops?

People who join the military have various reasons for doing so. Some do it to defend the country. Others do it for college money. Still others use it as a means to escape a life of crime or to get out of poverty. Soldier is a tough job and an honorable profession, when, in fact, it is done in an honorable manner. War is abhorrent, waged by the maniacal minds of the unjust, insecure, and ignorant. Sometimes, defending one's country from ruthless psychopaths is necessary, but war should NEVER be waged as a choice, and it is never glorious.

A visit from Carlos Beltran is not going to give a soldier his leg back. Enough with the outrage. If you want to be angry about something, be angry that soldier was put in the situation where his leg was blown off in the first place. If you truly supported the troops, you'd be taking action to prevent them from being put into situations which might force a trip to Walter Reed, altering their lives forever.

2 comments:

Today: 110kg - Goal: 85kg said...

Hey Sister D. When I finally manage to pull myself away from enquirer.com and Hal McCoy's blog and Fox Sports Ohio, looking forward to your overflowing, bubbling, long-awaited childish late-summer-that-means-something-because-we're-leading-the-division joy and excitement, I have to say that it saddened me to see you depping. Hey, nobody can win everything. To be honest, we probably won't get to Oz this year. But we're on the road to Oz, and that's infinitely better than 4th, or even 3rd place, huh?

Regarding THIS post. I agree completely. It surprises me that no one has commented (negatively) your thoughts. I've been thinking the same thing for years now. Being older than you, allow me to shed some light on some recent history. Vietnam didn't exactly sit well with the '60s generation as I'm sure you're aware. I was USAF from 1980-88. When I enlisted, people thought I was crazy - military service was simply not popular yet. I wonder if the BDU-idolization is based on two things: an inate fear of a return to a feeling of apathy toward the military, and a new generation (or two...I'm getting old) that have a different mindset - enabling them to separate the military from the government...(?) Regardless, the political correctness of this idolization is sickening. Nothing less.

Regarding baseball and all this... I am a traditionalist. I don't see the need for more than the National Anthem and Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Anything more is superfluous. Let baseball be baseball. I don't need religion or politics or any other form for propaganda forcefed down my throat when I PAY for an evenings entertainment!!

I live in Norway, as you may recall. Am planning a trip home next summer. A friend and I are thinking of driving around and watching baseball games in Pitt, Clev., Detr., Chitown, Milw., St.L (yes, even the evil empire) and of course Cincinnati. I'm trying to think of how I can disappear for American the Beautiful, or God Bless America (or whatever they sing, ruining the 7th inning stretch), but be back in time for a hearty rendition of Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Would my buddy notice a pattern if I zipped off to the toilet with 2 outs in the top of 7th every game?

Thanks for this post. I'm glad I'm not the only person in the world with the ability to think critically. And as far as the Reds are concerned. Buck up, young lady! They need you!

Today: 110kg - Goal: 85kg said...

PS. Gary Maloy wrote that long post... I have some work to do with my profile, I see.