Thank a vet, but not for war...Submitted by domenicsidoti on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:24
Another year brings another Holiday that makes me slightly uncomfortable, the honored Veteran’s day. This celebration makes me uncomfortable because it requires unquestioning admiration for causes that I don’t fully endorse. Phrases like “Keeping us safe from” and “preserving democracy for” assume that the cause of the vets was some noble defense of personal freedom.
This veteran’s day provided yet another example of the kind of things that make me question this socially unquestionable in the form of a special about Vietnam on the History channel. This special was part of a series running all morning to commemorate the day. I watched a bit of it before it was time to start my own family’s veterans day celebration and was bothered by the same things that always bothered me about this war, the simple question, “but why?”
All dads I know experienced this war. Even if they weren’t conscripted to fight in it, they were always thinking they might soon be. The Federal government gave itself the right to force you into a war for reasons you couldn’t quite grasp. Years later, we still really don’t.