Thursday, May 24, 2007

Soldiers, No Fags

Nope, I won't apologize for the ugly word, if you want to talk about "don't ask, don't tell," and the military you either can play nice and get absolutely no where or you can put things in the terms they're really about. It is not a soft issue, it is an issue of military unit cohesion and discipline. That's what they say, anyhow. Somehow it seems a bit more like politics than unit security. There is a bond in military service, along with other dangerous occupations, that bond develops through shared risk and shared values, not sex. There are informal rules of behavior within any such organization which cannot be violated without risk, but these rules are known to all members and seldom violated.

The military has fired 58 Arab language specialists for being gay. It is really difficult to understand how their gayness balances against our national security needs for Arabic speakers. It apparently also mystifies Rep. Marty Meehan who has sent Rep Ike Skelton of the Armed Services Committee a letter signed by 40 members asking the committee to hold hearings regarding the linguists.

There is something much more offensive in the policy than the word used to illustrate it, there is a concept that the sexual orientation of a citizen affects their ability, capacity, or moral fitness to serve their nation. Their nation. It is not an issue of "us" versus "them," it is an issue of the United States of America against all comers, our nation. This is just plain stupidity and rank bigotry.


Anonymous said...

There is no room for FAGS in the military! If you let them in the service there will be NO room for real men and this Nation will suffer for it! Remember Hippy Dippy Fags do not fight Wars, Real men do. If you have only Fags we are done for!!!

Anonymous said...

Right-- because all soldiers are straight? No. There are and always have been plenty of gay soldiers. The ancient romans and greeks had gay soldiers-- in fact they were an elite fighting force.
We don't need to look back to the ancient world: we can already see our soldiers working with other militaries in Iraq that DO allow gay and lesbian soldiers: Britain, Australia, Canada, ALL of our NATO allies do. Not to forget Israel, one of the more effective militaries in the world.

Based on exactly what rationale do you think that Gay men or Lesbians can't make good soldiers? Sheer bigotry.

70% of the American people support overturning DADT. That's a majority of religious people, and even Republicans according to latest polls.

You my friend are out of touch!

Anonymous said...

piss on the ancient romans and greeks.homo originated in europe.

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