Things That Piss Me Off

From a chain-spam I just received.

This picture, captioned as such:

You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything. He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.

Oh, is that why we were over there this week? I guess next week we’ll go back to “fostering a vibrant democracy that will spread freedom throughout the Middle East.” Some people might say we actually went over there looking for a certain three-letter acronym but those people would be insane, seditious and hateful of the troops.

The letter closes:

If you support your  troops, send this to 7 people.
If you don’t  support your troops well, then don’t send this  out. You won’t die in 7 days, your love life  won’t be affected, and you won’t have the worst  day ever. You don’t have to email this. It’s  not like you know the men and women that are  dying to preserve your rights.

Ah, nothing like a good ol’ binary choice. Either you spam 7 inboxes with this pro-war propaganda or you don’t support the troops and have no appreciation for “the men and women that are dying to preserve your rights.” Right to what, exactly? To send snide politically-charged spam that reads as a last desperate attempt to prop up the decaying husk of the pro-war narrative? To cheerlead yourself for having the moral certainty and philosophical bravery to continue thinking things you find comforting in spite of all available evidence? To use the cherished troops as a bludgeon to try and win a political argument?

Because if someone can actually explain how our little Iraqi and Afghani misadventures are making us more free then I don’t have to bother thinking up an impressive-sounding thing that I’d do in response because we all know that isn’t going to happen.

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2 comments
  1. Your blog is quite insightful. I like how you have a sarcastic edge towards things… From living in this world so long I don’t blame you.

    But related to your blog post, I find it funny how people think because you don’t support the war you’re unpatriotic and don’t support the troops. I support the individual, just not what the government is doing.

    I’m gonna follow this more often.

    • fauxpopuli said:

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoy it. For the most part it’s just a more-convenient way to email a couple friends but I certainly don’t mind if someone else reads it too.

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