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  1. Spare Me

    11:48 pm

    This is a valid distinction. However, let’s not make unfounded assumptions about the US military’s honor based on caricatures. Don’t let true examples of heroism or self-sacrifice blind you to the parallel realities of Abu Gharib, or this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/21/afghanistan-trophy-photos-us-soldier

    There are sick, murderous fiends in both camps. That fact alone doesn’t make the sides practically or morally equivalent, but it does emphasize the need to avoid hero-worship that places all service-members above reproach. It also raises serious questions about the selection and training processes used by the US military.

    Systematic torture and abuse should not happen. You don’t get to stand on a moral pedestal when you’re part of such a system, even if you’re not personally guilty of it.

  2. prawns

    11:17 am

    @spare mac
    This war is not about security, terrorism, heroism, etc, but about natural resources there.