Another interesting (to me, at least) exchange of letters between George Paine of Warblogging.com and Robert Purdy, a US Army helicopter pilot recently returned from Iraq: More from the Third ID.
Warblogging.com is an antiwar site, so I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that most of the people who comment there are going to have a field day with someone like Purdy, who is unsurprisingly pro-war in his attitudes. But still, I find myself cringing at some of the snide comments people are making toward him. This guy is risking his life, okay? In defense of our collective life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Yeah, I happen to agree that the people who sent him in to fight this particular war were wrong to do so, but that’s not Purdy’s fault.
Maybe you believe we should build a world where he wouldn’t have to make those sacrifices. I happen to think so, too. But guess what? We haven’t built it yet. In the meantime, he’s putting himself on the line to stand between us and the bad guys. It’s not his fault if the people giving the orders are self-serving chooms. That’s our fault.
So show a little fucking respect. I’m not saying you have to agree with his political views. But acknowledge who he is, and the personal sacrifices he’s made on your behalf. You can at least be polite. Can’t you?