Baculus Posted May 29, 2005 Share Posted May 29, 2005 I have a friend who is a National Guardsman in a Maryland bridge-building unit. He's already spent a decent time in Iraq (and is slated to return next year), and has been under fire under several occasions. But, he's been getting grief, according to a mutual friend, at his wielding job, being told that he's not a "real soldier" because he's a guardsman, truck driver and equipment operator, and that Iraq isn't a "real war." That was the part that made me most incredulous - some of these folks feel that Iraq isn't a real war, whatever that is supposed to mean. And their attitude of the National Guard shows the complete ignorance of their role in the current conflict. My friend, John, has had his truck hit by an RPG, has had rounds whiz over his head, and his sarge had a dude RPG round bounce into his vehicle. He spent a good deal of time in areas that were hostile. I don't understand the mentality that, somehow, my buddy suffers as an adequate soldier, or that somehow Iraq is merely some weekend wargame. I told our mutual friend that these idiots at John's work should go to the Washington Post and see the names of the number of soldiers, many of whom are in support roles, that get killed or injured by IEDs. But I guess, to these fools, since they didn't fire their rifle at the enemy, they aren't being a real warrior, eh? I have no idea if these guys at his work would be considered right-wing or left-wing, but it shows a severe lack of appreciation for events and the men and women involved in them. (Some folks don't seem to take the hazards of war seriously enough, and some don't have an appreciation for those who have performed in war. It goes for both sides.) Some people here probably know my stance on the events leading up to the war, but it made me extremely angry to hear of my friend being insulted in such a fashion. And, yes, my friend has already come to blows over such ignorance being direction toward him. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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