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The Military - a necessary evil?
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Posted 6/18/12
It is getting to be more like what you describe buy we are not there yet. Without a military other countries would do as they wish. China would swallow smaller countries at will ( pretty much happens anyway but not Taiwan so far).
Posted 6/19/12
Did I try to eat my leg last night?
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Posted 6/26/12
for me, i do see the military as evil abuse of power.
i think there should just be a shinsengumi like in gintama...
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Posted 6/26/12
There are times when reason simply will not work. Sometimes broken individuals come to power (Hitler) and other times the cumulative rage of a population cannot be quelled with reason. For all times when reason and negotiation fail, the military is needed. Not only then, but any time the temptation to annex, to convert another land to one's own way of thinking, to "help" another nation a military is needed. Every time a scarce resource can be taken by force, the military is needed. Even as a deterrent the military is needed -- every nation needs a military at least large enough to make the price of occupying that nation higher than the benefit.

The military also serves in other capacities -- it can work as a deterrent to prevent crime (coast guard and drug smuggling), it can work to aid the population (the US military often provides support after disasters such as hurricane Katrina), it can strengthen a generation by teaching it's members teamwork, strength, determination, real world awareness and technical skills.

The fact that you can even ASK if a military is necessary shows just how much of a child you are. You obviously never met anyone who honestly wanted to kill you. You have never known fear. You have never known despair. Is the military necessary? YOU BET YOUR ASS THE MILITARY IS NECESSARY -- it is the only reason you can be safe and naive enough to question if it is necessary.

Welcome to real life -- not everyone is nice. I had a coworker who was a child in Vietnam. He was adopted by American parents shortly after the war. He told of how men came to his village one night, broke in his neighbors door, dragged the family outside, raped the wife and daughters while the husband was forced to watch, and then executed the parents in front of their children. This REALLY HAPPENED. Things like it happen in far away places because our military prevents it from happening here. It is the kind of thing members of our military prevent from happening to you. They fight and die in far-away shitholes keeping people like that preoccupied so you don't get suicide bombed or raped and publicly executed for owning the wrong book. Some armies, even ours, have been misused; however, the members of our military are all volunteers who CHOOSE to risk and give their lives so you can continue to be stupid children.

Now go talk to my friend who witnessed his neighbors being raped and executed and ask him if he thinks militaries are necessary.

And yes, I spent 6 years in the military.
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Posted 6/26/12
it's ironic.

they make war to have peace; they kill to protect. who knows? military have different agendas at times. some times they kill to overpower an opponent, some times they kill to defend themselves.

it depends on the military itself.
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Posted 6/26/12
As soon as I finish my invincible supervillian fortress you'll all be fucking glad you have the military.

Not that they'll withstand my army of nightmarish creatures for long.

My country has an army, but I doubt it would do much good if we ever were invaded, we're so small. All we could probably fight off would be a few African countries.
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