To defend a country? Whose country? The one you wish it was or the one it really is? Which country? The one where the locals hate you or the one where the locals try to cage you?
You’re under attack and it’s your duty? First define “attack” then define “enemy” and you’ll find the need for “duty” without a uniform is just as high as duty with. You may not need to send him/her if half the enemy is here.
So that you fulfill a life ambition? Like being either shot at by the enemy and sniped at by the home enemy? Like risking 10 to 20 years if you pull the trigger even if you are in the middle of Iraq? Like spending your time suspended from duty, suspected and investigated for months? When, if you read your local paper, criminals are getting away with holidays and rehabilitation centres….
A family career? Change family.
These things should not happen. People join because somewhere in their hearts they want to be heroes for their folks and good examples in their communities. They want to be seen as rightful citizen (oh Romans!). Those are, ultimately, the people that will defend my right to write this, with their lives.
With our taxes and meek participation to the civic and later political debate, we sponsor, vouch and often even legislate to finance our opponents, home and away. At the same time in which he/she fills the application module, some guy is stroll driving down the boulevard (sunglasses on) consuming a few of the bullets they’ll shoot at him. But I support the Boys! That’s why I fill the tank, vote left, buy “those” newspapers, occasionally play the anti-Bush tone at talk shows, Bulgarian parliament style.
How many enemies, including our direct selves, do we really face to defend a shared notion of freedom? Are we sure we are fighting all the wars at the right places? A lot of this war is not in uniform but luckily that son/daughter will still decide to go. Have some respect for heroes.Three British soldiers cleared of Iraqi's death