Johhny Electriglide wrote:
I see that 'animal friendly' never apologized for calling me a bomber and killer, when I saved many lives.
Then you have 'right to left' who confuses support of anti-communist forces with supporting terrorism.
Johnny, it wasn't my intention to join a forum and start swinging in the first week; but this statement you made earlier:" The USA is anti-terrorism, while Iran and others are known supporters of terrorism" can't be allowed to just stand unchallenged! The USA is anti-terrorism in the sense that it is the hub of a commercial empire that faces no major adversaries on the battlefield, so it only fears what theoreticians call asymmetrical warfare -- terrorism! And what grinds my gears is that it is called "terrorism" when the violence against mostly civilian populations is conducted by enemies of America, or American interests, while terrorism conducted by U.S. forces directly (drone warfare) or proxy forces (take your pick: the tin pot dictatorships set up by the CIA in Latin America, Africa, and many parts of Asia) is ignored if there is no press attention, or given a different label if it does show up in the news.
As for Iran...if you were objective, you would have to admit that Iran is more a victim of U.S. and Israeli terrorism than a perpetrator. I can't think of one recent terrorist incident that has been blamed on Iran by the U.S. and Israelis, which has not been shown to be either fraudulent or just plain lacking any evidence to back up the charge. While on the other hand, Iran has been subjected to terrorist assassinations of their nuclear scientists by the Israelis, and two cyber war incidents are traced right back to the Obama Administration...the same one that declared last year that they would consider any cyber attack on U.S. infrastructure as an act of war. So, who are the real terrorists these days? Looking at the big picture, specifically how the issue of military forces play into the larger story of the natural environment; the destruction caused by governments projecting power with military force, and the huge ecological footprint of just maintaining large military infrastructures in peacetime, leave me of the opinion that there is no good reason to join the armed forces today. As we are seeing with the most recent homegrown terrorist plot - the FEAR Militia, who's known members were recently arrested, the enemy is not something out there, it is something created when dysfunctional men come back home and bring the war with them.
As for me personally, I did one five year stint with the Canadian Armed Forces back when I got out of high school. But for full disclosure, that was back in the 70's, there were no significant hot wars going on at the time...even U.N. peacekeeping missions which Canada used to be a major contributor to had gone quiet. So, I spent most of my five years over in West Germany waiting for that Soviet tank invasion that never arrived. For most of my adult life I have been lamenting how the Canadian Forces are ignored and disrespected; but now that we have a Conservative Prime Minister who is following the American example of posing in front of troops and using the "respect our soldiers" motif to instill the same kind of knee-jerk nationalism in Canadians that is common south of the border....I find myself wishing public attitudes turned back to the way they used to be!