Thursday, March 31, 2016

A Tomb for the Stupid and Servile Soldier


There is a global tradition that has been around for close to a century now, a tradition calling for building tombs for the Unknown Soldier and for honoring them on a variety of special occasions, including special visits by heads of states to each other’s countries, holidays commemorating Independence and other such national celebrations.

Personally, I think it’s about time we started another tradition: building tombs for the Stupid & Servile Soldier, the soldier who blindly obeys commands even if they break the Honor Code and the Geneva Conventions, the soldier who is willing to fire at civilians when he is commanded to without much thought, the soldier who will put the wellbeing of the leader over the country, who feigns ignorance when told about his violations, who proffers excuses upon excuses to justify the unjustifiable, even while taking pride in it, the soldier who fights, and occasionally dies, heroically in the service of evil. There has never been a paucity of these soldiers, and it’s about time we made sure that they are remembered so that there will less of them in our future. Our children might be thankful for it.