Monday, December 11, 2006

A Blog War!

Noel Gallagher and Timboy may think me a romantic idiot or a gun loving loon, but I see our soldier's plight a little differently. Fighting is a profession that can be taken on for financial or altruistic reasons. Some join up for money or the absence of a better option; some join up for love of freedom and country. Our government may have a skewed view of our national interest, yet soldiers deserve our respect and admiration for their willingness to defend it, come what may.

Certainly, there are problems in the armed forces. There are problems with the way the government uses the armed forces. There are ethical dilemmas to be faced and grave consequences to be weighed. 'Grunts' often join looking for the thrill of battle, not exactly an honourable reason. At the top of the ladder, motives aren't always clean. None of this takes away from the bravery and honour displayed by every man and woman who signs up.

War may often be fought in vain and for the wrong reasons, but in the gravest circumstances it is not immoral but a moral imperative. Let's respect those that express a willingness to face this hard truth by joining the armed services.

Lest we forget.


Blogger timboy said...

Given the prospect of fighting in imperialist wars at the moment, joining the military is not a choice to defend Australia or a set of values.

you are volunteering to kill other people when asked.

Nothing moral about that.

6:48 PM  
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