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Soldiers get a bad rap which makes me feel disappointed in the nation. Speaking of soldiers what do you think of the phrase: “Support the troops, not the war”?
and i feel disappointed along with you. i feel like bainter’s perspective on politics is (at least vaguely) similar. really, i think it comes down to the fact that there are bad people in the world in most every sort of profession, of most every type of belief, of most every race, ethnicity, culture, financial situation, etc. (this is all assuming that you could have some sort of mutually agreed upon subjective measure of “evil”. good and bad are just social constructs, a way of interpreting the world in terms of merit and/or usefulness toward a future ideal.)
support the troops: i feel like this might sometimes be a generalization. different troops are in different places doing different things. i feel like we ought to support the individuals (and even groups really). i don’t know how to explain this idea very well.. but i do feel that they deserve our admiration and support.
don’t support the war: i don’t know where i stand on this. theoretically, i can imagine a situation where i would personally find war justified and i would support it. intellectually, i find this terrible and would ideally not have any war. but realistically, people (and so nations of people) do stupid things like wage war, and it becomes an immediate non-trivial decision where to “not decide” whether to fight is to “decide not” to fight. so this would seem to vary from war to war.
it seems to me that the intent of the statement is something like “be humanitarian. support the people, not politicians. down with big government.” or something along those lines. but what does “support” mean? what if the soldiers support the war? can you defame the war, but glorify a soldier fighting it? if you don’t support the war, are you opposing the soldier fighting it? i don’t know the answers to these (or even if there are answers..)