Monday, November 10, 2014

Military scolded: ‘You don’t protect my freedom’

Military scolded: ‘You don’t protect my freedom’

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in time for Veteran’s Day on Tuesday, a leftist writer at has
penned a column saying it’s “childish” to honor America’s men and women
in uniform as “heroes.”

In a column titled “You don’t protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy,”
writer David Masciotra argues it’s been 70 years since American
soldiers fought a war about freedom and “forced troop worship and
compulsory patriotism must end.”

“Put a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and
Americans will worship him,” Masciotra writes. “It is a particularly
childish trait, of a childlike culture, that insists on anointing all
active military members and police officers as ‘heroes.’”

Citing police brutality, sexual assault in the ranks and alleged
murder of civilians by the U.S. military, the author claims calling
today’s troops “heroes” “betrays a frightening cultural streak of
nationalism, chauvinism, authoritarianism and totalitarianism.”

“Even saluting a Marine, while holding a coffee cup, is tantamount to terrorism,” Masciotra insists.

His reasoning continues:”The war in Iraq was clearly fought for the
interests of empire, the profits of defense contractors, and the
edification of neoconservative theorists. It had nothing to do with the
safety or freedom of the American people. … Wars that are not heroic
have no real heroes, except for the people who oppose those wars.”

Masciotra even goes so far as to suggest Americans “should do
everything they can to discourage young, poor and working-class men and
women from joining the military.”

And rather than give soldiers the blanket title of “hero,” Masciotra
suggests America start using the term for teachers, hospice workers and
social workers.

Several social media outlets, like Twitter, have erupted with criticism of Masciotra’s column.

Even television personality Montel Williams was incensed over Masciotra’s screed, launching a Twitter campaign demanding apologize for the column.

Williams has blasted out several tweets, including the following:

  • “This piece by @DavidMasciotra is as offensive to #Veterans as it is intellectually dishonest.”
  • “Glad someone fought to defend ur right to prove ‘stupid is as stupid does’ from cheap seats.”
  • “I’d encourage you all to let @salon and @davidmasciotra know just how offensive this piece of mindless stupidity is.”
  • “@Salon owes #veterans an apology. This is as asinine as it is offensive, intellectually flawed.”
  • “Is this really @Salon editorial position? An apology is owed.”
A quick survey of the @Salon and @davidmasciotra Twitter feeds finds
several sources taking up Williams’ call, though @Salon has yet to issue
any kind of response. The Twitter handle @davidmasciotra does not
appear to be linked to Masciotra himself.

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