[SPORK] Loving The Troops

Jeff Bone jbone@deepfile.com
Thu, 20 Mar 2003 13:00:55 -0600

On Thursday, Mar 20, 2003, at 12:40 US/Central, Russell Turpin wrote:

> But all this crying that they're just duped
> kids is pretty demeaning. To them.

Nobody's crying that they're duped kids.  There's a difference between 
"knowing" and "expecting."  Think about it:  everybody knows they're 
going to die, but most people don't really internalize the notion until 
sometime in their late 20s or something.  Kids are kids, Russell --- 
assuming rationality of anybody at any time is probably a bad bet, 
assuming it of somebody under 30 is probably almost always a bad bet. 

Bottom line is that given the sweet deals we as a society make to 
entice them to join...  for many of them entering the military was the 
best option they had.  Period.  End of story.  Are you really going to 
blame them for pursuing their own interests, for taking perhaps the one 
option they had to avoid working in a supermarket all their lives?