(One last Memorial – promoted by buhdydharma )
I’m not really very impressed by arguments that one group of ‘warrior’ should be remembered, or another one –currently honored– should really not be.
In fact the last thing I personally would want if I had died in some Smedly Butler-esq American war, is a politician tossing a wreath my way–along with say 100,000 other dead and buried young men. Especially not when the very same politician is ramping up one war, and paying lip service to ending another. Better to stop creating more deaths.
More to the point though, and entirely — I mean entirely missing from the discussion is the dead civilians.
Anyone remember those folks?
You know–the one’s most likely cooking breakfast for their children at 8.15 one morning long ago:
Or the one’s that starved in the 1990’s in Iraq, during the embargo. Or the estimated 1,000,000 that died there in the last 8 years.
And certainly the Native Americans that Meteor Blades speaks about. But for me not because they were soldiers, instead just the opposite, because mostly they weren’t: yes, they were defenders, but civilians most or all, in todays terms we’d call them collateral damage in other words they happened to be on something “we” wanted.
And, if we honor only those that ‘fought’ , then do we not dis-honor those that died who were only cooking their children’s breakfast at 8.15, or in a tepee long before that day even ? Or this very morning in Afghanistan?
I find cooking breakfast more honorable.
Our society — in instilling honor on those killed fighting wars is only attempting to create more fighters, to say to our young “yeah, you might die, but it’s for a higher purpose…and we will honor you for it…”
( yeah, I know big incentive– once a year you’ll get a wreath somewhere in the general vicinity of your grave, if we can find enough pieces of you to bury that is)
We have the capacity to do better. And for me at least that starts with first honoring those just trying to live out their lives.
/ Peace out