US MILITARY TRIBUTE
This was sent to me by a friend.
I watched it.
Comments on why this video is Bullshit.
This is a video that is being sent out to the Masses. I got it a few days ago and am flabbergasted that people fall for this Bullshit. All of a sudden being ‘antiwar’ is ‘not supporting the troops’.
What does ‘Support the Troops’ mean anyway? One can certainly be anti-war and still support the Trooper they Love without supporting what the Trooper is doing.
This is how I supported my Brother who was in Iraq for 2 years:
I kept in touch with him through Email, IM and the occasional phone call. I sent him links with information on why he was there in the first place. He read them and told me what he felt. We discussed it. I pitched in and added to the Care Packages that were sent to him by the rest of my Family.
My Brother knew every step of the way that while I was there for him, I was AGAINST THE WAR.
Here are the reasons why this video infuriates me.
The Intellectually Challenged Sheep listen to the Corporate Media (FOX CNN, Glenn Beck, ETC.) and the Rhetoric spewed out like Blood from a Cheap Thriller such as Bush’s “with us or against us” BS. They eat this Sentiment up.
Support the Troops? Why doesn’t the US Government support the f*cking Troops? The Government sends its Troops to the Middle East, often with Substandard Equipment; Shitty Intel; and a Brainwashed Notion that they (the Troops) are actually fighting for Amerika’s Freedom.
And speaking of Supporting the Troops, what about supporting the Veterans that come out of the Middle East very much different than when they went in? Veterans are refused or given inadequate care. Is this how they are rewarded for ‘serving their country’? Perhaps if the Corporations and their puppet (the Amerikan Government) stopped raping and pillaging the Rest of the World, it could afford to give Health-Care to its Veterans & its Civilian Citizens. But the Slave Owners that use Money like a dangling Carrot do not care about a Healthy Populace. It is better if the Masses are of Ill-Health. Sick People do not start Revolutions.
Amerika got its Freedom 200 years ago when it spanked England’s Hiney in the Revolutionary War. That was the last time Soldiers fought for Amerika’s Freedom.
The US government has been taking away those Freedoms ever since.
The Patriot Act is just another nail in the Coffin.
*Note – the term Troop or Trooper will be used to include all those in the Military.
I took the Liberty of writing down the text in this video so that one may analyze the author’s writing without the Nickleback Music (a band that attracts a 14 to 35 year old male demographic) and the pictures of Amerikan Troops looking lonely, anguished, and pitiful. Each sentiment can then be addressed without the Music & Images i.e. smoke and mirrors.
But first, let’s talk about Style. The writing, which is not very good (there are spelling & grammar mistakes), and many of his ideas/statements seem forced as you will see) This video seems have been made to reach the Masses -there are over 180,000 hits at the writing of this essay – thus a Rebuttal of this Nature was begging to be drafted.
The video text is also written in 2nd person.
2nd person narrative is difficult to pull off even for The Greats like Hawthorne, but if it is done well, this type of narration allows (or forces) the reader to imagine him or herself within the action of the novel or in this case, the text. One effect of writing in second-person (and frequently exploited by the Corporate Media) is a strong accusatory tone, which can be achieved if the Narrator condemns or expresses strong feelings about the actions of the focal character (“you”). This technique can also be used effectively to place the Reader in unfamiliar, disturbing, or exciting situations, which this video indeed attempts. How many of you have been in the Military? For many of you, I assume your exposure to the Military (especially in combat situations) is rare. This puts you at the Mercy of the Author.
For the uneducated or the unaware, the Author may achieve what he set out to do; which is to make you feel Guilty for not ‘supporting the Troops’. The Scholar, the un-brainwashed, and the Thinker can wade through the Grey Area (though the Grey is as wide and thick as the smoke from Amerikan bombs dropped on innocent civilians in the Middle East) and distinguish, or at the very least, find a not so comfortable medium between Supporting the Troops and Supporting the Military.
Please keep in Mind that the Troopers the Author is talking about do not represent the majority of the Military who are NOT in a Combat Situation. This short video is talking about Troopers that have signed up to join the Military and subsequently got called to ‘Service’.
The Video is called:
US Military Tribute – Far Away – Nickleback
You can watch the video here:
Watch it. Read this Rebuttal and then watch it again.
1. “You stay up for 16 hours and he stays up for days on end.”
* Sometimes Troops do stay up days on end. That is what they are trained i.e. Brainwashed to do. But this is generally for Missions. When not on Mission, they sleep like anyone else does. The Author is also lumping everyone together here. There are many that stay up for days on end doing dangerous/risky jobs – Doctors, Truck Drivers, Those in the Peace Corps, News Reporters in Hostile Environments. I’m sure there are also Innocent Civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan that have been staying up for days on end since Amerika invaded their Country.
2. “You take a warm shower to help you wake up. He goes days or weeks without running water.”
* The Author is assuming that everyone in Society gets running water and warm showers. Indeed, I remember the Water Truck arrival and the great feeling of being able to wash my Bits in a miniscule shower after days in a Combat Situation or in field training. I know Tree Planters that also have gone days or weeks without running water. And let us not forget the Homeless & Poor in Amerika the Free, many of whom also do not have running water.
3. “You complain of a headache and call in sick. He gets shot at as others are hit and keeps moving forward.”
*This statement is suggesting that Everyone is a lazy, undisciplined or that Everyone has a job to call in sick to. Disobeying an order in a Combat Situation to ‘move forward’ can also result in the death/shooting of the Rebel Trooper by his Superior.
4. “You put on your antiwar/don’t support the troops shirt and go meet up with your friends. He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.”
*He still fights for your right to wear that shirt?
This is Bullshit. The Author is lumping ‘antiwar’ and ‘don’t support the troops’ together. They are two different Animals. He does not acknowledge the Grey Area at all. He is also Patronizing those who are Anti-War Demonstrators with ‘go meet your friends’ undermining the impact of a Rally/Demonstration.
I also smell photoshop with that photograph.
One question you may ask yourself is, ‘how is the Amerikan Trooper fighting for your Right to wear that shirt, especially in another country?’
5. “You talk trash about your buddies that are not with you. He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.”
*This statement is discombobulated. Talk trash about your buddies? Why? Who does this? If you’re talking trash about your buddy, perhaps he was not your buddy in the first place.
Many of us may not see our buddies again for numerous reasons; Physicians prescribing the wrong pharmaceuticals, for example; or cancer patients that live in a country (like The States) with terrible Health Care. Any dangerous job has the risk of not seeing your buddies again because one of you may die.
6. “You walk down the street staring at all the pretty girls. He patrols the streets searching for insurgents and Terrorists.”
*I won’t even address the patronizing ‘pretty girls’ statement.
The word ‘insurgent’ is tossed around the English Lexicon like marbles in a bag and is often confused/synonymous with the word Terrorist. How are Citizens (the Iraqi People for example) fighting an Invader (like America) make them Insurgents? The People are fighting an Occupying Entity on THEIR LAND. Amerikans did the same thing in the Revolutionary War; they fought an Enemy (Britain) off their Land using Guerilla Tactics. The Native Americans did the same thing, but failed in getting the white man off their Land. This statement is ridiculous.
7. “You complain how hot it is. He wears his heavy gear not daring to take off his helmet to wipe is brow.”
*The Trooper also complains how hot it is and could die if he takes off his heavy gear. Why? Because he chose to be in the situation he is in. One should never wish Ill upon another and one prays to bring the Troops home safe. But this is a fluff statement designed to tear-jerk.
8. “You go out to lunch and complain that the restaurant got your order wrong. He doesn’t get to eat today.”
*One complains about their order being wrong because they pay for their order. The Trooper – unless there are extenuating circumstances – gets at least 3 MREs a day, paid for by You the Tax Payer. Everyone goes without Food now and again for whatever reason. The Homeless and Poor might go days without Food. I’m sure no Trooper is looking into garbage-bins for their food like the roughly 500,000 (and growing) Homeless in The States. This statement is another fluffer.
9. “Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes. He wears the same things for weeks but makes sure his weapons are clean.”
*Maid? How much of the population anywhere has a Maid? This statement tells more about the Author than anything else. It is another patronizing, weak statement.
There are a few reasons why the Trooper makes sure his Weapons are clean.
Here are two of them:
1. The clean Weapon will save his Life (often at the expense of another’s Life). 2. Weapons are property of the US government and are routinely inspected. Troops are disciplined if their Weapons are not clean.
10. “You go to the mall and get your hair re-done. He doesn’t have time to brush his teeth today.”
* Again this statement is Patronizing. It assumes/leads you to believe, that all the Troops don’t have time to brush their teeth, which is ludicrous. It also presupposes that Everyone goes to the mall not to get their hair not done, but to get it re-done. A useless statement.
11. “You’re angry because your class ran 5 minutes over. He’s told he will be held over an extra 2 months.”
*And you better believe The Trooper is angry too. This is a weak statement. Please note that when a Recruit signs up for X amount of time, he is actually signing up for double that time – the 2nd half being Inactive. The Trooper is still on call if his Country ‘needs’ him.
We all know this when we sign the dotted line.
12. “You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight. He waits for the mail hoping there is a letter from home.”
* Aimed at the young man demographic and assumes that Everyone has a girlfriend. However, if you want to support the Troops, mail call is one way to do so. If you know someone in the Military, by all means send them mail. The Troops are Human Beings, and your letters & packages delay him in turning into The Machine the Governments needs to fight its Ridiculous Wars.
13. “You hug and kiss your girlfriend like you do everyday. He holds her letter close and smells his love’s perfume.”
*Another aimed at the young man demographic. This statement seems to try to give the Trooper that Chivalrous Knight feeling. Something right out of a Romantic Novel or the Movies. It’s a fluff statement.
14. “You roll your eyes as a baby cries. He gets pictures of his new child and wonders if they’ll ever meet.”
*This assumes that most in the Populace are insensitive. And what is more important; Duty to Country or Duty to Family? I say Family. Your Country does care about you. What has your Country done for you? Don’t say build roads, that is your tax dollar. Remember a government is an entity design to SERVICE its Citizens.
The Trooper looks at a picture of his New Born Baby?
That Trooper should do everything in his Power to get back to his Family regardless if it defies protocol.
15. “You criticize your government and say that war never solves anything. He sees the innocents tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.”
*This is a loaded statement. Thomas Jefferson encouraged us to Criticize our Government whether you believe War solves anything or not. He is lumping two very different animals together here.
To date numbers wounded & killed in Iraq:
|Since war began (3/19/03):
|Since “Mission Accomplished” (5/1/03) (the list)
|Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03):
|Since Handover (6/29/04):
|Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09):
Besides Troops. Here are other stats of those killed:
|Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq
|Journalists – Iraq
|Academics Killed – Iraq
There have been 1,366,350 Iraqi Deaths since the Invasion.
Thousands upon thousands of Innocent Women & Children in Iraq and Afghanistan have been Slaughtered. Through-out History, what has war solved; especially the ones Amerika has been in? What did it solve at all? And since when does a People wanting an Occupying Force out of their Country of Birth; an Ancient Land that they love, torture their own people?
The United States doesn’t Torture or Kill?
Does anyone remember Guantanamo Bay?
This statement is Empty and is used to tear-jerk.
16. “You hear the jokes about the war and make fun of men like him. He hears the gunfire, the bombs and the screams of the wounded.”
*I have not heard too many jokes about the War. If anyone of you can share a good joke about War, please share. If you are squeamish about putting it here for the Masses to see, please send it to my inbox.
How are ‘men like him’ made fun of? Does anyone have any clear examples? This statement is weak. The Music & Images give this statement it’s ‘meaning’ or perhaps more accurate; its Feeling. Without the Smoke & Mirrors, this statement is absurd.
17. “You see only what the media wants you to see. He sees the broken bodies lying around him.”
*A statement I can agree with. The Masses only see what the CORPORATE MEDIA – who control the news and the TV air-waves – want you to see. Because the Internet is an Anarchistic Entity, we are also able to see the broken bodies, including the ones the Amerikan Troops made broken.
18. “You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don’t. He does exactly what he is told even if it puts his life in danger.”
*This statement is aimed at the under 18 demographic – presumably living with their parents. The Trooper does ‘exactly what he is told - i.e. obeys orders - because he lives in a Perpetual State of Fear (whether it is an Enemy or his Superiors) and is often Brainwashed.
Note that in a Combat Situation, you can be legally Shot for Disobeying Orders.
19. “You stay at home and watch TV. He takes whatever time is given to him to make a call, write home, sleep, and eat.”
*This statement is also presuming that the Majority of the Populace is Indolent. Of course, this statement has some validity; the stereotypical couch potato need not go out-of-doors for his Entertainment. Glued to the Television, brain set in Alpha-Mode, the Corporate Media does the Potato’s thinking for him. How does one suppose that Bush, arguably the worst President in Amerika’s History, gets elected twice? Retardom.
20. “You hang and American flag in front of your house. He gives you that right by representing this country.”
*This assumes that all Amerikans are hanging flags. Again, we must look at the Demographic here. Flags are flown in pockets of areas. Besides State Institutions, one may find flags in the majority of yards in small conservative – often Protestant – towns.
Though many Immigrants show gratitude to Amerika for their Freedom, seldom are they displaying the Stars & Stripes. <ore often than not, they are hanging their own Country Colors.
One must again ask, how is he fighting for the ‘right’ of American People to do anything?
21. “You are proud to be living in the land of the free. He is proud to fight for your freedom.”
*The Land of The Free? Amerikans have been slowly losing their Freedoms since War War II. The Patriot Act is a debilitating Document that suspends all these Freedoms. Because of the Patriot Act, the Constitution (described by Former President Bush as “a damn piece of paper”) and The Bill of Rights have basically lost their Power. And again: how is the Trooper Fighting for our Freedom in another Country?
22. “Your happy to be home with your family. He is lucky to see his family for the first time in a long time.”
* Yes, he misspelled ‘you’re’. He assumes that all Americans come from Happy Families. He also seems to forget that at least ½ the American Population does not see their Family on a regular basis. There have been times that most of us have not seen our Families for a long time. This is another statement, coupled with the Smoke & Mirrors, that is designed to knee jerk.
23. “Your happy that your country is considered the home of the Brave. He is the brave one that gives it that title.”
*I wonder if the average person notices the ‘your’ being used for you’re.
Once upon a time, Amerika could have been called the Home of the Brave. The Native American Warriors or ‘Braves’ that fought the White Man would certainly give Credence to this statement. The Trooper however, representing the Amerikan Government in lands far away, is not perpetuating this statement.
Instead, of Amerika the Brave, it is Amerika the Bullier; Amerika the Invader; Amerika the Occupier.
And is the Trooper brave or afraid or apathetic?
Food for Thought.
At the conclusion of the film, there is this final statement:
~Whether you are for it or against it is irrelevant. The reality is that our men and women are still fighting and dying for us. All I ask is that you thank these men and women for their time and service for this country and think about what they go through.
~Created by Mike Haydanek
~”Whether you are for it or against it is irrelevant.”
* He doesn’t clarify ‘for or against’ what. But if he is talking about the Multitudes that are against the War in Iraq, how is that Irrelevant?
“The reality is that our men and women are still fighting and dying for us.”
* How are these men dying and fighting FOR US. The Troopers are fighting and dying for the interests of Corporate Amerika. This is very sad indeed. Their only Sin really is their Ignorance. The subsequent Evil i.e. the Murder of fellow Human Beings is a result of this Ignorance/Sin.
The Trooper, Indoctrinated through the Public Education system; Plagued by the Corporate Media; and Brainwashed in the Military Deprogramming/Re-programming Institution – AKA Basic Training – (you know, ‘break you down to build you back up’) is too psychologically weak to Resist.
“All I ask is that you thank these men and women for their time and service for this country and think about what they go through.”
I do have Empathy for Anyone Suffering (and this includes Animals): the Single Mother with 3 Children who cannot afford oil for most of the Winter; the Homeless Person in the street whom also might not survive the Winter; and yes, the low-ranking Trooper in a Combat Situation in Freezing Temperatures.
Those in Combat Situations do Suffer and go through a Great Deal physically, mentally, psychologically and (one hopes) Spiritually.
I pity them, I feel for them all. Unfortunately, while they might be ‘doing service for their country’, let’s not get this confused with ‘protecting our freedoms’. They are two separate meanings.
Knowledge is Power. Question Authority.
COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE TAKEN FROM FACEBOOK:
Misconstrued, bias, unthoughtful, fictional, judgmental things are the predominant means of communication, what is being communicated, how its being communicated, from whom and to whom is being communicated. Fighting it will be an endless battle so we must rely on self education to be the critical dam that slows the rapid flow of such ‘disinformation’.
Who cares what nickleback says about anything? It’s not like they are the most relevant social commentators. Put it like this, when big news happens I don’t think many people are like “Oh my god, what should I think about this? Quick, someone phone Nickleback!”
LOL.. right on Andy… I think he just used the song though… not sure what N.B’s political views are…
What they say is pretty much true. A whole lot of mostly poor, young, naive Americans are going through hell. Victims of the oligarchy. I support them and I sure would support them if they were to realize what they were actually fighting for and decide on Mass to stop fighting.
I enjoyed the spot-on breakdown of the silliness of this infantile song. Hopefully there will be more than a few of our brothers and sisters in the armed forces who break free of the indoctrination to become thoughtful, critical thinkers like yourself (as an ex-military guy). I still feel especially bad for those young people who signed up for the nat’l guard like many generations before them when Bush-Cheney were in charge and were used big time, in a way that was virtually unprecedented in terms of their lack of proper training, lack of adequate equipment, etc. That and the stop-loss thing, the unbelievable lowering of standards, etc. I really do feel for these young people who IMHO are often in over their heads and then often come back with serious issues that are usually not addressed, with the result being increased rates of suicide, spousal violence, depression, physical and mental health issues, etc. It doesn’t have to be like this…
Last year around this time my son was a senior in HS, he has never been a good academic sudent, but a great kid, never being in trouble, he got calls, letters, they (army-navy recruiters) even approached him in school along with his friends in similar situations to sign up. They promise them the world, they purposely look for kids who are not moving on to college and are “less fortunate” (poor).
I feel for the kids they are training and sending away. The government is looking at these kids as if they are disposable,, as if they will never be missed by good society. I support them, I dont support our governments war, and I would gladly stand in front of an 18 year old who has no idea why he is even there, except that the gov’t is telling him that he is a good person for doing so.
I think Christine sized up the situation pretty well. I really feel for these kids, I could have been one of them if things had gone differently.
One thing that seems to stick out to me is that how can anybody “give” you your “rights”? You’re born with them and have them for the entire period of your life. They’re not something that your government decides to give to you when you “support their war” or jump through one of their other hoops. They’re also something that the government cannot take away through the guise of making you “safer”. Someone who gives away their rights and freedoms for a false sense of safety deserves neither freedom nor safety.
Notice I got all my “your’s” and “you’re’s” right.
I watched this today. Posted by Elias on the Pat Robertson thread. Although my coal-powered, 20-year old computer took all day to download it, I managed to avoid my wife and son long enough to get it all under my belt. A good watch if you haven’t seen it yet. 10 steps to closing an open society. Just like a fitness program.
I’m also very tired of the rhetoric -supporting the troops means only engaging in conflict when there is no other way to protect citizens from invaders. It means taking care of them when they come back F’d up from the horror of it. The number one group of homeless Americans are -of course- veterans.
They’re screwed into joining, they’re screwed into fighting people who are only trying to protect their sovereignty, and they’re screwed when they come back with PTSD, can’t get health care, and can’t function in society.
Support the drama support your mama and support the account of the lamas and osamas and hari ramas and in the bahamas and don’t forget the commas and the comas… Lennon was right when he said… nothing’s gonna change my world.
Actually he said:
God is a concept,
By which we can measure,
I’ll say it again,
God is a concept,
By which we can measure,
I don’t believe in magic,
I don’t believe in I-ching,
I don’t believe in bible,
I don’t believe in tarot,
I don’t believe in Hitler,
I don’t believe in Jesus,
I don’t believe in Kennedy,
I don’t believe in Buddha,
I don’t believe in mantra,
I don’t believe in Gita,
I don’t believe in yoga,
I don’t believe in kings,
I don’t believe in Elvis,
I don’t believe in Zimmerman,
I don’t believe in Beatles,
I just believe in me,
Yoko and me,
And that’s reality.
The dream is over,
What can I say?
The dream is over,
I was dreamweaver,
But now I’m reborn,
I was the walrus,
But now I’m John,
And so dear friends,
You just have to carry on,
The dream is over.
Paul, some people need the pap and the schmaltz to get themselves through it. Let them have it. Not everyone has has the years to reflect upon and process the things you have in order to cometo the conclusions you have now. You know it isn’t easy for any of them or any of their loved ones, and if pap like this helps them get through another day, I ask you to just try to stand back and not judge.
Peace brother. ♥
How in the hell can you say that the troops are fighting for our freedom. The point is they are fighting for the small group who have a vested interest in controlling the riches of the Muslem countries. They should never have been there in the first place. Why can’t we learn from history (Viet Nam, Panama, etc, etc). We keep repeating horrible mistakes that have taken millions of lives. Tell me, why can’t we all just respect each other and get along.
Amen sister,we dont get along ,because we havent learned how to handle indifference.
there are the orchestrators of these wars and they are the few at the top but the reality of war is played out in the lives of the people fighting and their families and the rest of us who ar watching. i think for the men and women that are fighting and trying to survive, they have no choice but to believe in the cause no matter how missguided. in a life and death situation if you don’t belief in what you are doing then you will probably not survive. i believe there are so few truely guilty people in a this wa or any warr. the troops are fighting for their survival. ideals like freedom and truth go out the window when someone is pointing a a gun at your head. I also think that the few at the top rely on this reaction from the troops. they know that in a war winning is dependant on the willingness of the troups to put their lives on the line. and on the strength of their conviction. they know what they are fighting for. to survive and come home. in order to this they have to win or become traitors to their country. my question is , how do we acuse the few at the top without blaming the troups who are the ones actually doing the killing? very complicated indeed. veterans from the vietnam war came back and were called baby killers and some took their own lives, the guilt was too much. they survived but lost themselves in the process. wars run on long after the fighting stops for the men and woman that fought it.
If we pull out of Afghanistan, can we at least leave T.V cameras setup in the football stadiums so we can watch them hacking off womens heads for doing stupid stuff like begging or scrounging for food?
Peace… At what price?