This post from Ben Jones @ HPANWO really made me think, and if you haven't read it yet, check it out.
It got me thinking about Veterans day tomorrow, and how I've said privately to my wife "They're sending those boys to fight in Iraq for no good reason." I realized tonight I was only part right.
Iraq is a sovereign country that never attacked the United States, and we invaded and occupied it anyway. I've talked to a few people here who are like parrots who repeat what they hear on the television without stopping to think about what it means. "They are fighting for freedom."
My response would be "So if we win the war in Iraq, America will finally be free?" To which I would get a stare akin to a deer caught in a truck's high beam headlights.
"Support the troops!"
To which I would say "Does supporting the troops mean sending them to a war for no good reason without the proper equipment, then not providing them with the proper medical attention and educational benefits when they come home?" Then they would either tell me how Iraq attacked America on 9-11, or they would just walk away, not wanting to think about the truth, because if they did, they might find something they don't like.
While it's true they were sent for no good reason, something good may come from their efforts. The Bush administration's bizarre action of attacking Iraq and using 9-11 as an excuse opened the eyes of many people. When the "opposition" party Democrats were voted into congress, and they refused to end the war, it opened more eyes up to the fake left right paradigm.
I remember when I was in the matrix, it wasn't easy waking up and realizing that a lot of the things I believed in was a lie, but I believe I am a better person for it. I want to say god bless the troops who are being used as pawns in a chess match. I no longer think they are fighting in vain, but by putting themselves in harms way, they are opening up the eyes of the people and allowing them to see the evil cabal that put them there.