I'm sorry if this has been done before.
I wanted to start a discussion about the apparent increase in tendency to venerate, in a very sweeping way, the armed forces.
I want to make a few things clear:
1) I do not think the military is innately a force for bad, but nor is it innately for a force for good.
2) I don't think, either, that all people who sign up for the forces are necessarily gun-happy idiots. Quite the contrary - the military has grand traditions and a role to play in peacekeeping and emergency work.
3) I think the wars are wrong, but not the soldiers as a basic rule
4) I can quite understand the relatives of those in the forces wish to project an image of solidarity, respect and support. That's fine with me.
5) I am not criticising any particular person, group or idea here, more just trying to sound out what is going on, via discussion.
I made this post now after seeing this:
It struck me as being two things: first, for the wives themselves, a halcyon image of the family, and on a personal level, fine - whatever floats your boat.
But it's not just for the wives. It's for us too. It's for society.
Dare I Godwin the discussion, but jesus christ, it's Volkitsch to the extreme! Very conservative imagery, to say the least.
So, to discuss:
1) Do you think there is a significant increase in public, vocalised veneration of the forces? I mean, does anyone have actual facts and figures as opposed to my vague 'feelings'?
2) Is this significantly increased over times of war in the past (say, the Falklands? I wasn't about then, and was too young for the first Gulf also).
3) How does this make you feel, and why?
4) Do you think, like me, that there is something inherently tricky in saying anyone is a 'hero' by virtue of what they are, not what they do?
5) Why can't this be discussed more openly? I've not tried it often, but I have found that whenever I want to talk about my slight unease at the veneration, rather than, say, respect, of the forces (a priori), I feel I have to constantly qualify myself etc etc.
I know I have seen bits and bobs about, but I wanted to talk about it specifically, in here.