Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Letter from a Conscientious Objector? What a "Good American soldier" should be doing; disobeying orders.
Recently, again, some people insist that the individual US soldier cannot be held responsible for the US militarism and imperialism and killing of brown-skinned people 24/7. I think they are wrong.
Any soldier fighting on foreign soil is a criminal. Bar none. That includes Japanese soldiers in China in WWII, German soldiers in France and the Balkans and Russia in the same war, and that includes ALL US forces stationed overseas and in combat in foreign nations.
Another commentators wrote something along the lines of "regular German soldiers were not put on trail at Nuremberg" after World War II in response to my insistence that "Just following orders" is no excuse... Nobody remember the ten thousand conscientious objectors in American who fled the Vietnam War?
By the way, the utter notion that "regular German soldiers weren't tried at Nuremberg" is completely false. There were over 1,800 Germans put on trial at Nuremberg; even lowly prison guards, businessmen, radio commentators, and magazine editors were tried at Nuremberg.
Anyhow, I got this from a friend, and thought you'd enjoy what a "Good American soldier" should be doing; disobeying orders.... Or shall we be selective in our wars and ideas? Maybe you're right! Nanking was a very bad thing in China, but not all the Japanese soldiers there were bad guys. Some of them were trying to do what is right (Yes, I'll bet there were - and they were shot if they tried to desert.)