Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hero - redefined

Bravery and drone pilots, Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com, July 10, 2012
"The Pentagon is considering awarding a Distinguished Warfare Medal to drone pilots who work on military bases often far removed from the battlefield...

"So medals would be awarded for sitting safely ensconced in a bunker on U.S. soil and launching bombs with a video joystick at human beings thousands of miles away.
"Justifying drone warfare requires pretending that the act entails some sort of bravery, so the U.S. military is increasingly taking steps to create the facade of warrior courage for drone pilots..."
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5 comments:

  1. This is stunning Norm. If I was an old decorated soldier, which I'm not, having been born too late for any of the "good" wars - assuming any of them really were - I would turn in or flush down the toilet all my decorations. They would be totally devalued and debased if they start handing them out to acne infected soldiers sitting on the other side of the planet playing video games that just happen to rain death on mostly innocent (collateral damage) folks trying to enjoy a wedding or funeral for the last bunch of collateral damage in their village where death rains from the sky.

    Hell, this makes me almost ashamed to be human.....

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  2. hi Norm...they've got to do something eh? A lot of those armchair warriors are coming down with Post Traumatic Stress Depression.

    It apparently isn't easy killing people thousands of miles away while sitting in an air conditioned trailer in Las Vegas, munching on a cheeseburger.

    http://www.npr.org/2011/12/19/143926857/report-high-levels-of-burnout-in-u-s-drone-pilots

    But yes, our video game culture is desensitizing people to violence, and making killing easier...

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  3. You have got to be kidding, medals for playing games, o.k. they kill people via long distance. But medals. These people don't even come near anything which requires bravery. they just need to be good at video games.

    O.K. maybe they should qualify for WCB when they develop repetative motion injuries. A medal, never.

    How to devalue medals for real bravery.

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  4. The "Eye's" relative served in Bomber Command in WW2 and for his efforts won a DFC, he never wore the medal, except for two occasions, nor did he mention his "scrap of metal" to very many people.

    He knew what Bomber Command had done, by taking the war to the German people and was somewhat ashamed later in life of the thousands of people he killed.

    This is not a moral story, nor a story to condemn the past, but giving medals to "boys with toys" hunkered down in office complexes seems to me a tad too gung-ho; at least my relative faced the fury of flak and the ominous night-fighters.

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  5. My Dad served in WWII and flushed his medal's down the toilet.

    He was in live action but did not want to talk about it.

    My mom was in the underground and never even told me, I learned from my uncle who spent WWII in a German POW camp.

    None of the above had medals that they were proud of...

    War is hell on earth those little bastards that kill from afar with no risk to them selves better suffer from stress or they are not human...

    Just US drones boy's paid to get a body count.

    1 2 3 what are we fighting 4,
    Don't ask me I don't give a damn,
    Next stop is Vietnam,
    5 6 7 open up the pearly gates...

    Arlo Guthrie nailed it back then,

    Now just substitute Afghanistan for Vietnam,

    Hell boy why stop there? Syria, North Korea, Yemen, where ever your masters point you... It's a game right?

    A very disgusting one...

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