sights & sounds

May 29, 2010

‘the humanity of ordinary people’

Lynndie England, Abu Ghraib torturer.

From a post on Feministe about women in military. Emphases mine:

I don’t know why, but I’m a sucker for slideshows. Add a feminist theme, and I’m all over it. So I really enjoyed stumbling upon this collection of images of women in the military, starting way back with the American Revolution.

According to the story that goes along with this image, this is Sharon Hanley Disher and she’s part of “the first [family] in American history to send every member to the Naval Academy” – which is pretty awesome, I say. Her story is pretty cool, I suggest you read it if you have some time.

We’ve covered the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots) before, but what are your favorite stories of women in the military?

Needless to say, I was unpleasantly surprised at seeing military service lauded on an ostensibly progressive, leftist blog; and in my initial comment, I said as much.: (more…)

May 15, 2010

“heroism”

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From Butler Shaffer on LewRockwell; Emphases mine.:

The U.S. military is considering the creation of a new medal to be awarded soldiers who resist the temptation to kill civilians in foreign wars.  To be known as a medal for “courageous restraint,” troops may soon be rewarded for not “using lethal force” where injury to non-combatants might occur.  It was doubtless coincidental that news of this proposed medal was made sometime after Seymour Hersh’s reporting on the widespread use of ”battlefield executions” of prisoners by American soldiers in Afghanistan.

War is an insane enough activity without it being used as a parody of itself.  Perhaps the idea for such a medal arose from the history of so many Nobel Peace Prize recipients, who were honored after they had ceased engaging in statist butchery: Woodrow Wilson, George C. Marshall, and Henry Kissinger being among the more prominent awardees.  Even Barack Obama won the award, not long after assuming the presidency and as he was intensifying the war in Afghanistan. When Tom Lehrer declared that he stopped engaging in satire after Kissinger won this prize, one gets a sense of the absurdity of the war system parading as its opposite.  The derangement implicit in the Strategic Air Command’s motto “peace is our profession” is recalled. (more…)

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