The thing that gets me (as an Iraq War vet) is these people have zero chance of going to war, I seriously doubt many of them even know anyone in the military who has been to war, and except for their protesting (which is, of course, voluntary) this war has minimal impact on their lives at all! Yet they must be heard! We all must pay attention to them!! They don’t like this war that affects them almost not at all so, by God, they will be as disruptive as possible because they are right and everyone else is wrong and the hell with 25 million Iraqis they are willing to abandon to death squads and religious tyranny! To hell with the military who have died, let them die for nothing, it’s what they get for being baby killers! The extreme arrogance and smug self-righteousness of these people angers and disgusts me.
Is your logic about only vets having the right to oppose the war based on their experience giving them a superior insight, or is it that their service grants them a right to object by removing any doubts about cowardice?
Both arguments are forlorn in my view. All Americans are involved in a war being fought by American forces. Just like for abortion, if they have a fundamental belief that it is wrong and unjust then they have an obligation to oppose it. Few would claim that only those involved in abortion have earned a right to comment on its legality.
I think that the insight that our vets have gained into the futility or otherwise of the war is interesting, and their views should be given a serious weighting because of that experience – but let’s hear from all Americans, and the world, about whether we should stay there.
> The thing that gets me (as an Iraq War vet) is these people have zero chance of going to war…
Tell me, the people that currently know the most about the War, your former comrades, are they even allowed to criticize the War publicly? Not really, right?
> I seriously doubt many of them even know anyone in the military who has been to war…
The anti-war protesters I know go to lectures and events where they meet anti-war veterans and anti-war people who have been to Iraq during the War. They get to hear from extremely biased people (sure), through their own biased colored glasses (I’ll give you that one too), but that doesn’t mean this makes them completely ignorant about the situation there or completely ignorant about the needs of the American soldiers or the Iraqis.
> To hell with the military who have died, let them die for nothing
Does this mean you would have supported the anti-war protesters if they had been able to stop the Iraq War from the get go? They would have saved many American military lives if they had succeeded then.
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