again! i did say later that i understand to and from work etc, but wearing it when not suposed to or for no aparent reason. read on b4 u get at me.
Alright, I haven't said something contraversial for a while. Firstly, I agree with what someone else said earlier - NO ONE should be abused randomly in the street because of what they're wearing/their religion/what career they chose.
Then again, I don't think military servicemen should be wearing their uniforms out to be given "special treatment" by the general public (which I think is what Gordon wants if he's encouraging us all to be "proud" of our military personnel) because of the fantastic job their doing. I mean honestly, should everyone else be wearing white feathers...?
If you work in the army, that's your job. If you want to march round in your uniform I don't think it's right for you to get beaten up for it but you should be expected to be associated with the policies that go with the government you work for. I work for the government too and most days I get the general public blaming me for something that Gordon's done recently. If I didn't like it, i'd quit my job.
And the other issue is at the moment, let's face it, military people are a terroist target. You don't see MPs/civil servants going round with t-shirts going "I WORK FOR MI5! PLEASE KIDNAP ME!"
im sick of the armed forces being hailed as some kind of heroes and people implying that we as a society should feel indebted to them
this is not 1940 and we are not having our liberty threatened by any invading hordes of fascists.
the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are absolutly nothing to do with us or our 'freedom' and the claim that what is being done out there is somehow protecting us from terrorism at home doesnt stand up either im afraid, in fact the reason we face the threat of domestic terrorism is perhaps directly because of our governemts decision to get involved in these overseas conflicts.
so im sorry but whatever the sort of papers that are read by the great unwashed may monosyllabilcally rant about 'our boys', but they are not 'heroes' from my point of view nor am I indebted to anyone.
the point is i think at what they said is, you choose to go into the forces, unlike in WW1 for example. im not saying you choose to go to afghanistan etc etc but if you joined today or last year for example you know there a high chance that you will end up there. i know a guy whos in iraq for example and he signed up because he knew he WOULD be going there. i understand that they give their life for this country, wherever they may be based and im not doubting that. im just saying that instead of decreasing the respect we do have for them at the same time we should highten the respect we have for people of all other forces including medical and teaching. without any of these none of us here would be where we are now.
They kill people for money.. is that something which deserves a great deal of respect?
I have wore my uniform when returning home on a Friday evening and called in tesco on the way to pick up food for the parents and other half. Got a few funny looks and a few smiles but no negative response. Anyone who does direct abuse my way is acting in a discriminative manner. I live in a democratic society, I can wear what the hell I want (excluding birthday suit). To oppose that is undoing the hard work that our nation and armed forces have battled for.
^ Yeah, freedom of speech makes you sick doesn't it.
Should a real war come up in which we truely need to defend our country there'll be nuclear missiles involved and we'll all be screwed anyway. In the unlikely event nukes aren't involved conscription will come along and most able bodied people will be out there fighting anyway. And then I'd fully support them, because they didn't choose to go into such a situation.
The army is a military force, it has a damnsite more guns than nurses running around saving children, building schools and defusing landmines. Soldiers are trained to kill people, everything else comes second. Non-conscription soldiers chose to kill people of their own free will, knowing what they'd be going in for.
I didn't ask them to fight for me, I don't support any of the causes they're fighting for and I'll be damned if I'm going to take responsibility for them, in any form. I contribute taxes and that helps pay their wages. I would never be rude or unpleasant towards a member of the military for the sake of it, but nor would I feel any desire to offer them additional support. That's up to the government, not me.