I do not support the troops.
Many “outspoken” liberal voices claim the same thing, as a quick Google search of the above phrase will show, but upon closer inspection, these people are actually just rejecting the deification of the military, while continuing to affirm that many of “our brave men and women overseas” are heroes.
I do not believe that any soldier currently fighting in the US military can be considered a hero.
A soldier may indeed perform heroic deeds while serving, such as saving a fellow soldier’s life, however he/she simply cannot be a hero because the wars that he/she is willingly assisting and advancing are unethical and unconscionable to the highest degree.
Let us desist from this idea that one can somehow ‘be against the war but still support our troops’. War is not a sentient entity, it is an action carried out by state leaders, military commanders, and yes, the soldiers who signed up to fight in it. When a person says that they are against an objective, that means that they are also against those who actively attempt to achieve that objective. To try to assert otherwise would simply be intellectually dishonest, yet many insist on doing so because, while opposing US military intervention may be an acceptable position to hold, opposing US servicemen remains a serious taboo. But we simply cannot continue to be afraid of societal disapproval when discussing unpopular truths during these turbulent times.
I don’t think I need to discuss the real reasons the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars were launched. Nor do I need to elaborate on the causes of past and current Western interventionism in the Mideast. Nor, for that matter, the many horrific war crimes that have and are being committed by both Western forces and Western backed regimes in that region. These are well-established facts that have been proven time and time again. One may ask, is it not unfair to blame soldiers who signed up for service, unaware of these facts? Shouldn’t they be honored for their patriotism, regardless of the actions of their fellow servicemen? The answer is no, it is perfectly just to assign indictment to these people, because the only way one could possibly remain unaware of these occurrences is out of pure, chauvinistic ignorance. There are many ISIS supporters and members that do not actively participate in atrocious war crimes, and yet, I do not support or admire them, despite the fact that from a logical standpoint, I have far more reason to, seeing as how we are both Muslims who believe in similar ideals. Yet I do not, because I consider the organization they belong to to be heinous and unsupportable. The same goes for America.
I do not worship America, the military, or the patriots. Nor do I worship al-Lat, al-Uzza, and Manat. I worship God, who causes them all to perish.
“And when it is said to them, ‘Do not cause corruption on the earth,’ they say, ‘We are but reformers.’ Unquestionably, it is they who are the corrupters, but they perceive [it] not.” (Quran 2:11-12)