Tuesday, 1 April 2003
|1709 - Just what did he *THINK* the Marines did?!|
Forwarded from alt.books.tom-clancy:
SAN JOSE, Calif. - With his sister carrying his duffel bag and his mother holding his hand, a 20-year-old Marine reservist surrendered to the military Tuesday and declared himself a conscientious objector.
Wearing camouflage fatigues, Lance Cpl. Stephen Funk turned himself in at the locked gates of the Marine Corps reserve center where he was assigned, weeks after refusing to report when called up to active duty.
"They don't really advertise that they kill people," Funk said. "I didn't really realize the full implications of what I was doing and what it really meant to be in the service as a reservist."
current mood: curious
How the bloody HELL did he get thru boot camp? USMC's whole sell is that their people are employed to fight and win wars by killing other people. USMC actually TELL their recruits this in boot camp, unlike USAF, where we had to hear this from the AF Chief of Staff in order to have it sink in. They're even trained to kill people with grenades and guns in boot camp!
Still, even tho the TIs didn't say it, we knew we were in the military, no two ways about it. We were also told right out that our business was defense -- be it actually defending, or fighting and winning wars. Those that thought it was just another job and were surprised to find otherwise were canned for fraudulent enlistment.
"Conscientious objector?" What a cop-out. He should at least be charged under UCMJ for "Failure to go," perhaps "Failure to obey lawful orders" too.
Are you sure that's not an April Fool's Day prank?
I'm reminded of this sketch from "Monty Python's Flying Circus", which takes place in an Army colonel's office:
Pvt. Watkins: I'd like to leave the Army please, sir.
Colonel: Good heavens, man, why?
Watkins: It's DANGEROUS!
Watkins: There are people with GUNS out there, sir!
Watkins: Real guns, sir! Not toy ones, sir! Proper ones, sir. They've all got 'em. All of 'em, sir! And some of 'em have got tanks!
Colonel: Watkins, they are on our side.
Watkins: And grenades, sir! And machine guns, sir! So I'd like to leave, sir, before I get killed, please.
Colonel: Watkins, you've only been in the Army a day.
Watkins: I know, sir, but people get killed, properly dead, sir, no barley cross fingers, sir! A bloke was telling me, if you're in the Army and there's a war you have to go and fight.
Colonel: That's true.
Watkins: Well, I mean, blimey, I mean, if it was a big war somebody could be hurt!
Colonel: Watkins, why did you join the Army?
Watkins: For the water-skiing and for the travel, sir. And not for the killing, sir. I asked them to put it on my form, sir -- no killing.
Colonel: Watkins, are you a pacifist?
Watkins: No sir, I'm not a pacifist, sir. I'm a coward.
Colonel: That's a very silly line. Sit down.
Watkins: Yes sir. Silly, sir. (sits down)