Yesterday, there was some tiffing on my Facebook wall from people who perceived my anti-militaristic political satire to be disrespectful of individual soldiers. Their perception was a misperception. I respect soldiers as I respect all humans, by way of their inherent worth. Though I do not admire any human who commits to becoming a killing machine, and who who signs away their right to say, “No, I will not kill,” I nevertheless respect their choice. How could it be that I abhor what they do yet respect who they are? Though, at the outright that seems contradictory, is not. Those citizens who sign up to become soldiers are generally very young, and have been reared in a system that indoctrinates their minds and hearts to believe that others our government says are bad, are bad, and deserve to die, and that their brave killing of those others will bring them glory and honor. So it is, I know that citizens do not sign up to be soldiers so much out of malice or a rot in their heart as they do out of attachment to an illusion placed inside them by the powers that be. In this way, I find it impossible to put any real blame upon the citizen who decides to become a soldier. The blame I place squarely upon the shoulders of the ruling elite and their demagogic, pro-militaristic, propaganda that completely white-washes the darker, gory, thankless truth that it is to be a soldier. Given the truth of the situation, where our youth is getting continually tricked into risking and even giving up their lives and often their sanity, I find the subsequent betrayal of these soldiers by our government in the form of cowardly, narcissistic, profit and power motivated political moves like the sequester, to lack utterly any quality of humanness. Thus, in spite of my passionate commitment to anti-militarism, I support each and every soldier, getting, at the very least, what he or she was promised by our government. Beyond that even, I not only support, but actively fight for our soldiers, each and everyone of them, to get the care they need when they come home, and the proper care and resources they should be getting while they are in combat. I see absolutely no conflict in fighting for an end to all human violence while at the same time fighting for the dignity of all human beings.