No place for heroes

January 28, 2008 at 1:18 AM (Military, Navy, Rants, Social Commentary) (, )

The military has become a job that Americans don’t want to do. People in general have a terribly misguided opinion of the grunt work required for a profession like this. I suppose it is really a extension of fear people have of the Iraq war, after all, soldiers are dying every week. But should fear make you ignorant of the facts?
War has always been sensationalized, but the people who work in and close to the war machine, they are simply people doing their jobs. For many people it is more than a job, a sense of duty and patriotism affects their lives, the kind of stuff that gets kids killed over there. It’s sad really. Nationalism has become a bit of a dirty word around these parts and understandably so, but I doubt the Republicans are sending off their sons to fight in Iraq. So who is more patriotic?

Recently, the people I’ve told honestly think that I am going to die in the war. Normally it wouldn’t bother me, but fear and ignorance lead up to something that does make me sadface.

Society has no place for heroes. Only the dead ones get that title. So what does that make me? Am I destined to be chopped liver?

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