A couple of my recent articles have directly challenged the concept of unconditional support for our (sic) troops. It should come as no surprise that this sentiment is typically greeted with unrestrained hostility. The most predictable knee-jerk reaction involves the accusation that I might hurt the "movement" by alienating soldiers and their families. Some go even further and declare that returning soldiers are doing more for the "movement" than anyone else (especially obscure writers like your truly). These critiques are flawed for many reasons:
1. They are not only assuming the
existence of a perplexed mass of fence sitters just waiting for the
right moment to pick a side, they also believe these fence sitters
actually care (or even read) what someone like me writes.
Reality check #1: There's a huge
difference between a minority of sincere Americans making
well-intentioned gestures and a tangible, functional, effective
movement capable of inciting/inspiring/demanding social change.
Reality check #2: Americans wield more
influence and power than any people on the planet but, while the vast
majority of humans in this world live in abject poverty, we live our
lives in such a manner as to threaten every living being on the
Mickey Z. is the author of several books, most recently 50 American Revolutions You're Not Supposed to Know (Disinformation Books). He can be found on the Web at: www.mickeyz.net.
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