"I'd give my life for my country!"
What a black and white and relatively simple statement.
Why would you give your life for your country?
Is your live worth giving or could it be better used doing something else (e.g. becoming a teacher; researching a cure for cancer and/or pathogens; mentoring a child, etc.).
Is you information correct? Do you trust your government enough to give up your life?
Is there such a thing as a just war? How do you know it is just?
What about propaganda from the government? “Mission Accomplished!” Ring a bell?
First of all, I am grateful for all veterans! One of my favorite quotes is "If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading this in English, thank a veteran." I would give my life for not only my country, but for the freedom of others in extreme cases (e.g. fighting Nazi Germany, and the Empire of Japan, fighting to set the slaves free--yes I know the Civil War was not about that issue directly... so don't lecture me on that war. lol). I kind of think saying, "I'd die for my country," has a nationalistic component to it. Is one American’s life worth more than one Iraqis' life? If not than why aren't more people concerned about the death toll of Iraqis (civilians and soldiers) right now?
Blind patriotism and nationalism scare the shit out of me. Life is life, and mine is not more valuable than a German's or an Ethiopian’s life.
So, would I fight for my country and die? Possibly if the war was just and had no hidden agendas-- freeing those in Nazi concentration camps must have been fulfilling (and scaring too I can imagine)
But in the Iraq war we have uncertain information/data/evidence- was Hussein connected to 9/11 and/or Al Qaida (sp?)? Is the Middle East better off now with him gone? Or will an power hungry Iran sweep across the boarder to occupy a relatively weak Iraq when we leave?
So the last war I can say for sure I would have fought in is probably WWII (if I were alive of course)... I'd need more evidence before I’d say otherwise for every war/military conflict since then.
As for taxes... we need them. The government need to tax people. What we need is better ways of controlling spending. Instead of spending billions and billions of dollars blowing up two countries and piecing them back together we need to concentrate on education, education, social programs, responsible environmental regulations, research, education, research, and other stuff I am forgetting since they are not as important to me as the issues I just listed.
That is my opinion on this thread... I could have written much more and given more evidence, but I have to go!