The other day I blogged about how men had the right to be angry with feminism, and the misandry in our society. See it here.
I commented about how the military has been traditionally all male and because of that, soldiers are viewed as nothing more than cannon fodder. Soldiers are taken for granted; their lives have zero value. They can go be blown to bits for whatever agenda in some rice paddy or foreign hell-hole.
When there was a shooting in a movie theater in Colorado during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises twelve people were killed, dozens injured. CBS Evening News devoted their entire half-hour to covering the story. Their anchor, Scott Pelley, was immediately whisked by their corporate jet to the scene. Dateline covered it in a show called “Tragedy in Colorado” with Ann Curry on location. The media dubbed it a “national tragedy” and President Obama ordered the flag lowered to half staff for six days.
President Obama commented about how “the entire American family is heartbroken.” Wolf Blitzer labeled the incident a “horrendous tragedy”. Politicians pulled their ads in reverence to the dead and demanded more gun control.
Let’s compare and contrast this reaction to the response when 30 American males, 22 of which were Navy SEALS, were killed when their helicopter was shot down by the Taliban in Afghanistan, August 2011. The SEALS onboard were part of SEAL Team 6 who risked their lives to capture and kill Osama Bin Laden, our #1 National Enemy that we had been hunting for ten years. That’s who those guys were. American heroes.
They were the absolute pinnacle of warrior that our military can produce. They were the elite forces, the best of the best. They were a national treasure. Their deaths were a national tragedy. But did anyone call it that? No. Why not?
Because they’re military men. They’re cannon fodder. They were expected to die, and when they did—no big deal.
President Obama made a statement about the loss of those soldiers which included this: “Their deaths are a reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices made by the men and women of our military and their families, including all who have served in Afghanistan.”
But, this is some of what Obama said about deaths of the theater goers: “The people we lost in Aurora loved and they were loved….They had hopes for the future and they had dreams that were not yet fulfilled….This, I think, is a day for prayer and reflection.”
What, the dead soldiers didn’t have hopes and dreams for their futures? We didn’t need to take a day to pray and reflect on losing them?
President Obama didn’t order all the federal buildings to lower the flag to half staff for the soldiers like he did for victims of the theater shooting.*
No politicians angrily demanded a re-examination of our efforts in Afghanistan, which also happened to be the deadliest day in the ten-year war. No news station spent their entire half-hour reporting on the crash. No news magazine anchors rushed to Kabul to host a show called “Tragedy in Wardok Province”. The soldiers’ deaths were covered by the national media as if they had no more significance than a gas price increase.
This just illustrates how little our society values our military men. They are expendable. People getting randomly shot in a movie theater have more value than our brave soldiers willing to sacrifice their lives for us.
Our society views service members as non-human. It’s like they don’t have loved ones, hopes and dreams. They are expendable “troops” and “units of soldier” who can just go die for some political agenda. Hey, that’s what they get for joining the military, right?
There’s a saying that gets repeated often: “You can’t place a value on a human life” because human life is priceless. So, when are our military men going to have this view applied to them?
UPDATE: One of my readers pointed out that men between the ages of 18-25 must register for the draft, but women don’t have to.
*Source: Half Staff Notifications