I cannot stand holier-than-thou attitudes on War. The reason being because people prove to be too stupid to wield chance options responsibility. In America in the Vietnam War, we went to war over idealism. A case, from my point of view, of believing our own hype. Who knows what would have happened exactly if we had simply stayed out of it. We learned a lot of unfortunate military lessons through that war – but is that alone worth the cost? I cannot see anyone saying yes.
So the war was bad – Americans didn’t get why our friends and family were dying over there. And the anti-war movement began to catch. And you know who suffered for it? The Troops, the Soldiers, the kids who just wanted to fight for their Country like the heroes we grew up hearing about (WWI – WWII). It was about fighting for your country, because you loved the lifestyle, you loved the freedoms. And then it came a time when it wasn’t volunteer – it was a choice of honoring the draft or not.
As these kids came home, after time spent in hell simply dreaming of home. They were met at airports with people yelling at them, calling them names, throwing things, rocking cars they were trying to leave in. These individuals had fought for a country they believed in. Were they in the right? *shrugs* Each individual has their own reasoning. Was the Government in the right? I don’t think so. I think it was handled very badly. But for these individuals, these people, these human beings to be scorned, to be blamed, to be punished, when they come home for situations and reason that are beyond their control? That is just wrong.
War is never a good thing. It is a horrid thing. And while a side can prevail over another, winning always comes at a high cost. The reason this sticks out to me today is because for the past few years we find ourselves in a similar situation. A unwanted war where good young people have been and are dying. People do not agree with the use and tactics. Which is indeed a debate subject with multiple views, but two facts remain. People are Dying. And self-righteous ignorant a-holes are pointing the finger at soldiers.
I fully Support Our Soldiers. By Our I go beyond America and include any Country which is or has been involved in the current Middle East strife. American, Canadian, British, UN, whoever. Soldiers tend to have their own reasons for signing up, these often revolve around family and personal values. I haven’t met a soldier who signed up simply to go kill some people – are they out there? I am sure. But my experience has been decent human beings, with people who love them, just trying to get by in the world. And I support them having all the support they need. Family, friends, strangers, and especially your Government which you are serving.
I do not support and did not support how America handled the whole Middle East issues over the past 11 years. I felt there had to be better options available. But I do not know, I don’t have a seat in the White House. What I do know is that blame with political decisions rests with the Politicians not the Soldiers. You don’t blame the messenger. To do so is ignorance.
Jedi are entitled to their political views. I have seen some horrid stances and comment made by “Jedi” and there is little I can do about it. They have the right to think that way. But when you have stances which cause you to point fingers and belittle good human beings, to bully people who have been and are already going through enough, you are no longer a Jedi. Because that is ignorance over-riding Jedi thought (objectivity, knowledge, guidance, diplomacy, etc.).
To condemn people for the decisions of another? There is nothing just about that.
Hate your Government if you must – but Support your Troops. And if you cannot do that, if you dislike the government so much you must blame all involved (which would include tax-payers) – go move to the country they are fighting. I respect those people a lot more than the ignorant on facebook making piffy remarks on their new iPhone highlighting their nativity.
Objectivity – Knowledge – Awareness – Learning – Wisdom; I just do not see anything in the Jedi Philosophy which would lead one to condemn human beings without being directly involved with the situation. Without evidence, logic, I just can’t see a Jedi putting the blame where it doesn’t belong. There is an argument for and against the military actions within Jedi Philosophy. A Jedi can make a strong case either way. But nowhere would that pass judgment on individual soldiers without intimate knowledge of said individual soldier. Thus at no time should a Jedi spit in the face of those serving with their personal political views.
Funny enough, it is always the Jedi that extol Compassion that I have these issues with. I guess it is that forgotten line of the Jedi Code – There is Compassion; Unless you act counter to my religious and political views. *sigh*
Stop with the judgment, start with the acceptance, and be kind to those that have not personally given you a reason to be anything else.
Day 8: Judgment was originally published on 365 Jedi