So I’m sure that everyone has seen the yellow ribbons everywhere. There needs to be no explanation of where this troop supporting phenomena originated, why it exists, etc. This is known to pretty much anybody who is reading this. And I’m sure I don’t have to tell anyone that all these people buying multi-dollar yellow ribbon car magnets are giving their dollars to a chinese car magnet manufacturer instead of to their precious troops who need support. Because giving money to them is taxes, and taxes are no good.
So originally I thought was most people thought. Just because you are against the war doesn’t mean you don’t support the troops. And its true. You can be against the war and simultaneously not want the troops to die. Wanting them to come home alive is a form of support, and wanting their time in that terrible place to be shorter, safer and better is supporting them. And it is not contradictory to both support the troops as people and also believe that they should not be there.
After long and hard though I have come to two conclusions. The first is that we should support the troops. The troops are mostly good people, like you and me, who just happen to join the military for whatever reason. They don’t want to kill innocents in Iraq, its not their fault. And a good military, the kind of military that protects freedom, is the kind of military we have. It does not act on its own volition. That means we never have to worry about military coups of our government. It also obeys orders very well, which is also good because that makes it very efficient and powerful, moreso than any technology we have. And that’s exactly the kind of military we have and need, one that while comprised of people is basically a perfectly obedient tool. Obedient as a hammer, as powerful as a pile driver and as politically involved as a squirrel (or other woodland creature). But the military is made of people, and those people in doing their job as best they can need our support so they don’t feel like the tools they are.
The other side of me says, Fuck the fucking troops. The troops are people. And they were sent to Iraq to overthrow a soveriegn nation against the vast majority of the world. They kill innocent people, have incited more terrorism than they prevented and generally made the world a shittier place. Yes, some blame must go to the people at the top who decided we should have this war. In fact, a lot of blame goes to those people. But these troops are in favor of it. Anyone who is over in Iraq doing their job can only fall into two categories in my eyes. One possibility is that they agree with the Iraq war, and they are doing it because they want to and believe in it. I do not support that belief, so I do not support those troops. The second possibility is that they are against the war, but are too cowardly, and continue to act contrary to their beliefs. Or they so strongly believe in the previous paragraph that they continue to do so. Both of these mindsets are either cowardly, stupid or basically lacking in will power. And while these are good people I cannot support them because I can’t respect someone who lacks will power. So I don’t support those troops either.
This leaves only the troops who disagree with the war and have acted in accordance with their disagreement. Most likely these troops are no longer troops. I’m not sure exactly what they would do, but I imagine it means they go to military prison, get discharged or some other such thing. What it does mean though is that they have elected to do something else other than fight the Iraq war because they believe so strongly against it. And I say that I fully support these people. However, they are no longer troops! So in fact, there are no troops, in the Iraq war, that I can support.
There may be troops elsewhere in the world who I support. I can support the troops who are bringing aid to poor countries. I can support the few troops fighting drug lords in Columbia and other areas. There are plenty of troops I support. But the United States troops and troops of other nations who are fighting the war in Iraq I cannot support. And those are the troops which are definitely implied by “the troops” on the yellow ribbons.
So I can now safely say FUCK THE TROOPS. Fuck them with big rusty nails those murdering, cowardly, evil sons of bitches. I don’t necessarily want you to die, because I want no man to die. But I do not condone your actions. If you want my support you will have to change your ways and do something else. Thank you, and good day.