Soldiers are the scum of the Earth? Really, ya think?

Yea, not only are they trained mass murderers, but they’re rapists too: female soldiers are more likely to be raped by their fellow murdering colleagues than killed by enemy fire.

At the heart of this crisis is an apparent inability or unwillingness to prosecute rapists in the ranks. According to DOD statistics, only 181 out of 2,212 subjects investigated for sexual assault in 2007, including 1,259 reports of rape, were referred to courts-martial, the equivalent of a criminal prosecution in the military. Another 218 were handled via nonpunitive administrative action or discharge, and 201 subjects were disciplined through “nonjudicial punishment,” which means they may have been confined to quarters, assigned extra duty or received a similar slap on the wrist. In nearly half of the cases investigated, the chain of command took no action; more than a third of the time, that was because of “insufficient evidence.”

So, has rape become more heinous a crime than murdering innocent people now? Thank you to the immoral assholes at the Los Angeles Times.

10 thoughts on “Soldiers are the scum of the Earth? Really, ya think?

  1. thusspokebelinsky June 25, 2008 at 21:50

    The rape and overlooking of it is disgusting and absolutely loathsome, as is the purposeful ignorance of the mass murder committed by the military.

    However, if you desire to recruit people to the cause of anarchism, you might avoid making blanket statements about all soldiers. I’ve watched you condemn them before but held my tongue until now.

    Believe it or not, most soldiers are working-class folk oppressed by state capitalism who are struggling to make a livelihood somehow. The military provides a free or reduced-price college education and the promise of valuable job training. Most of them are indoctrinated by the public education system, social forces, and the military itself (hooray for the video game America’s Army!), so they also see the military as a way to do good in the world. They’re told they can actually help the Iraqis, and they believe it.

    I know both people who have considered joining the military and people who have been in the military, and all of them had the best of intentions. One of my best friends from high school considered joining the Army Reserve because he couldn’t pay for college. Along with the need-based financial aid he’d receive, he’d be able to attend NYU, his school of choice, for free. Otherwise, he’d have to pay $40k per year, and he is no rich kid. I strongly urged him not to join, and fortunately, he decided not to, but he couldn’t go to his first-choice school, and he’ll graduate with tens of thousands of dollars of debt. To blame this kind of person seems to me a subtle case of blaming the victim. You wouldn’t blame the FLDS polygamist women for accepting their system, would you? Had my friend not been in an anti-war environment like San Francisco, I can only wonder what would’ve happened…

    Of course, there are those of them who just want to shoot them some ‘raqis and rape them some women, but it is a mistake to attribute this to ALL of them. And perhaps more importantly, it’ll reinforce the perception that anarchists are crazy extremists (and that libertarians are just rich white boys with no connection with the common people).

  2. Francois Tremblay June 25, 2008 at 21:58

    Oh gee Belinsky, I’m so sorry for generalizing about trained murderers. Next time I will endeavour to see the bright side of organized murder, like… they’re such good people. I mean sure they commit genocide or play a support role in the genocides, but hey, they’re good people! Say whatever you want about the guys who dropped the nukes on Japan, but they were good upstanding citizens, and that’s what’s important.

    And of course, as an Anarchist, the last thing I want to be labeled is an extremist! We Anarchists always follow the rules and play the game. In fact, that’s what attracts people to Anarchy: knowing that we’re exactly like everyone else.

  3. thusspokebelinsky June 26, 2008 at 22:54

    Personally, I think intent does count for something. Blame them for being ignorant and blame those who obviously are evil, but don’t attribute malicious intent to everyone.

    There is a difference between a thoughtful radical and a crazy extremist. We want to be perceived as the former, not the latter, if we are to spread the cause of anarchism. Sadly, people’s perception of anarchism ain’t so great:

  4. Francois Tremblay June 27, 2008 at 02:50

    But I *am* a crazy extremist.

  5. thusspokebelinsky June 27, 2008 at 16:58

    Bah, I don’t think you’re crazy!

  6. Francois Tremblay June 27, 2008 at 22:43

    Well, relatively speaking. I suppose I am not crazy in any absolute sense.

  7. cork1 June 28, 2008 at 15:09

    “Believe it or not, most soldiers are working-class folk oppressed by state capitalism who are struggling to make a livelihood somehow.”

    Would you use the same argument to defend Nazi soldiers?

    A ruler has no power without a bunch of sheep that do what he says.

  8. thusspokebelinsky June 29, 2008 at 23:43

    I’m not asserting that their status as oppressed working-class folk excuses them from attacking innocents. I’m just saying that malicious intent (and the label “murderer”) shouldn’t be attributed to those Germans soldiers who simply fought enemy soldiers, and fortunately, such intent wasn’t attributed to them after the war. If I remember my history correctly, only those who attacked innocent civilians, like those operating the gas chambers, were charged with crimes. Should the soldiers be condemned for being ignorant? Sure, but only as much as you can condemn people for their ignorance.

  9. Francois Tremblay June 30, 2008 at 01:30

    Come on now, are you saying that a guy shooting at a crowd full of innocent people doesn’t know he is killing innocents? That the guys who drop so-called “smart bombs” don’t know they are killing innocents?

    I don’t believe you.

  10. cork1 June 30, 2008 at 01:31

    The problem with that, though, is that it helps to condone and excuse their crimes. Rationalizing their actions encourages the brain-dead “support the troops” mentality, which just gets us into even more wars and gets more innocents killed so that corporations can rape the third world even more. Is that really something we want?

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