William N. Grigg shared the following exchange, between he and an unappreciative reader, on his Facebook page. I wanted to share this here, because it’s an important view into the thought process of many Americans and their misguided reverence for the U.S. military.
The anonymous reader:
“This article is just some anti-war [BS]. I think [Chris Kyle] is a true American hero and I bet any money you would never risk your life to go and fight for our country –”
–sneers yet another boldly anonymous jock-rider borrowing the supposed glory of an individual who specializes in killing, from a safe distance, people who have done nothing to harm or threaten our country.
My variety of “anti-war [BS]” is broadly comparable to that of James Madison, who described war as the “greatest” of “all the enemies of public liberty.” Fighting for the government that rules us is decidedly not the same thing as fighting on behalf of the country, especially when this involves — as it always seems to — invading smaller, helpless countries that haven’t harmed us and pose no plausible threat.
As someone who would eagerly fight to protect my home, family, and loved ones from all enemies foreign and domestic, I honor those who risk their lives to kill foreign invaders. That description doesn’t fit Chris Kyle, does it? It does, however, fit many (if not most) of the people he killed.