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I dunno, I’m a little bit suspicious about the way the US Army works. First there was seeing the recruitment thing at Coney Island. There’s also one in the middle of Times Square, too; like, “Hey Mom, can we go to Virgin to buy CDs, Hershey’s to buy ‘candy,’ and then I wanna sign up to go kill some Iraqis.”
I know Michael Moore kinda covered this in his last film, but it’s just too weird seeing it in real life.
Last night I was watching a show called Mob Scene on the Discovery Channel. It was about the mafia – re-enacting various moments of John Gotti’s career, that kinda stuff – and was presented by the actor who plays Bobby Baccalieri in The Sopranos.
All fine, I’m kinda into watching stuff like that. Then the ad break and, as seems quite common here, before the commercials began there was a short “sponsored-by” message. This show, about a seemingly very violent criminal world, was “brought to you in part by the United States Army.”
How fucked up is that? The army sponsoring a show about illegal crimes? Isn’t that just a bit too much?
Or am I, as I’m sure Bill O’Reilly would contest, just a crazy, terrorist-huggin’ Communist?

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August 5th, 2005 at 12:23 pm

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  1. Really? That is weird. But also unsurprising. But maybe they’re hoping to catch people who are interested in violent stuff but then get them to sign up to dish out some violence on behalf of the country??


    5 Aug 05 at 20:02

  2. That is way fucked up. It is as fucked up as Bill O’Reilly himself.

  3. You see, I think I’m kinda a pacifist. Pretty much everything goes better when we smile and behave nicely. It’s the route to whatever you want. HOWEVER, I can’t rely deny that there are occasions when well-targeted violence is necessary, i.e. to protect people from violence and harm. Ideally, you’d see the stuff coming and nip it in the bud, but that ain’t always possible, and I think it’s better to use new violence to prevent the original violence than to let the original violence happen, and have people get hurt/killed.

    I think this scales to international affairs. Ideally, you use diplomacy, and economics, and subtlle political destabilisation and stuff. But then sometimes you drop the ball, you miss things, and you’ve got Hitler marching on Europe and it’s time to saddle up and, unfortunately, kick a whole bunch of ass. Or you’ve got somewhere like Sudan or the Balkans, they’ve gone to hell in a handbasket, you should have noticed it before but you didn’t, so you very badly need soldiers to go in there, kill some mass murderers, and generally take control.

    So, from all that, I’ve decided that modern nations need armies.

    And if we need armies, we gotta recruit soldiers. I sure as damn hell don’t want to do it, but I really, really want some other guys to do it. I feel a bit better when I think that the army instills solid discipline, and makes you a pretty capable individual (physical fitness, engineering, handling conflicts, whatever). But, ultimately, however much I disagree with what the government of the day happens to be doing with the army, I really, really want it to be there.


    6 Aug 05 at 13:45

  4. I’m not denying we need an army, but I just think that if someone wants to be a solider, fine. Otherwise, leave people alone. Their advertising is pretty fucking cynical, and there’s no doubt that they just need bodies to fill out the ranks so more and more folks can go off and get dead just cos some cunt in the Whitehouse says so.


    6 Aug 05 at 22:53

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