Celebrating Murder in the Military
by Andrew Mason
by Andrew Mason: I
Forgive You and My Apologies
in a recent blog
post, asked if there was a culture of violence in America. The
answer is, undoubtedly, yes. We begin worshiping these symbols of
empire in our public indoctrination camps (public schools). We recite
the pledge of allegiance ad nauseum and as result, are instilled
with a sense of nationalism, or that "we" are better than
"them". Some of us, like me, believed we should "serve"
this nation by joining the military.
The culture of death is undoubtedly
seen in the United States military itself. Once I put on the uniform,
as an agent of the State, I became part of an entity that blatantly
celebrates death and destruction. As a member of the Armed Forces
this is witnessed first during basic training, before we are sent
overseas to kill for the empire, where drill instructors yell obscenities
meant to create a collectivist mentality and a sense of honor in
killing among recruits. I can easily remember one of my drill instructors,
during marching training, yelling, "I want to hear you march
like storm troopers! Let those heels bring death and destruction".
Yes, my boot camp platoon was told to march like Nazis, albeit,
there was no goose-stepping. Towards the end of basic training and
continuing into our career as "uniformed tax-feeders",
we begin to sing cadences while running. Here are just a few verses
"Left, right, left,
right, left, right kill!"
"Left, right, left,
right I think I will!"
"…Napalm sticks to
kids! Napalm sticks to kids like glue!"
also posted some other cadence verses here.
There are many more of these snuff songs anyone can find with a
simple Google search.
Now, for the majority of
the non-psychopathic society killing someone is a serious matter
not to be celebrated. If I were running down the street wearing
Nike shirt and shorts while bellowing the effects of Napalm on children,
I would be labeled as a psychopath by most anyone and at some point
probably forced into an insane asylum. Now, add me to a line of
soldiers or marines wearing camouflage utilities while running in
formation and many Americans might honk their horns and say "God
Bless, you!" Of course, members of the armed forces must be
perpetually ready to kill foreigners without remorse. Cadences help
reinforce this mindset. I now realize killing in defense of one’s
person, family, or property is the only honorable use of deadly
force and does not require a pledge or repeating sanctimonious death-worshiping
Today, I prefer
hearing songs that tell the truth about war and military service.
Ironically, you can hear these songs being blasted from barrack’s
rooms and military vehicles overseas on patrol. These are Disposable
Heroes and One
by Metallica. Some of the verses of Disposable Heroes
are essentially sung from the perspective of soldier who, by the
end of the song, realizes he really is disposable and has fought
for a lie. The other verses are sung from the perspective of a general
or other "puppet master" who is rightly calling the soldier
a "blind man" and a "servant". One highlights
the violent consequences of war and is sung from the perspective
of an American soldier who, during WWI, lost all of his limbs and
can no longer speak. He is essentially trapped inside his head with
only his thoughts to comfort him. The music video is powerful and
takes clips from the very dark anti-war film Johnny
Got His Gun (The full film can be viewed here).
Military personnel should embrace the true meanings of these songs
and reject the culture of violence that plagues them. Their lives
may depend on it.
[send him mail] is a
former corporal in the U.S.M.C. He is currently pursuing a degree
in Political Science at California State-Bakersfield. He Blogs at
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