Washington, DC (TFC) – The Fifth Column posted a simple Memorial Day message: “We salute veterans who died fighting for our freedom.” The image chosen to accompany it was a photo of Christopher Dorner. Christopher Dorner didn’t die fighting in a war in Afghanistan or Iraq. He died fighting a war in California. The war he died fighting in was a war on police corruption. In the process of his war he killed an innocent.
Last month, the Column’s most popular post was a quote about how veterans and activists need to work together to cause real change in the United States. While it was a very popular post, there was a heated debate with insults and accusations thrown by both sides in the comments section. This outlet tries to serve as a battleground for ideas. When heated debate occurs, the outlet is doing is job.
As expected, there were a number of comments under our Memorial Day post of the same nature. This article was drafted prior to the post going live to respond to the anticipated objections. Below are anticipated objections or statements, almost all of which can be found in the comments section under the post.
This guy killed a cop’s daughter. Yes, he did. By March of 2015, 210,00 civilians were killed as a direct result of combat in the War on Terror. Civilian casualties are an inevitable part of armed conflict. The question then becomes about whether or not killing a civilian impacts a person’s status in regards to being honored for their death. If you believe we shouldn’t have used Dorner’s photo because he killed an innocent, should we have used a photo of a pilot whose bombs killed innocents? A tanker whose depleted uranium rounds are still killing people? An infantryman who mistook a broom for a rifle and killed an innocent? Where is the line?
Any comment glossing over the murder of the cop’s daughter: If you’re willing to forgive this action, how can you not forgive a soldier who has come home and realized what he did was wrong? This isn’t to say you shouldn’t stand against the wanton killing of civilians in combat, but one of the main objections to working with veterans’ groups is that they killed innocents in the past. Either it is a forgivable offense or it is not. If you can only move past it in specific cases that you support, then you’re more closely related to the soldiers you hate than you probably want to admit.
He was a cold blooded murderer. In the war Dorner was fighting, cops were enemy combatants. Out of the four people he killed, three were combatants. Out of all of those wounded or killed by him, one was a non-combatant. Compare that with the fact that the police department shot three innocents in their quest to find him. He exercised more care and caution with regard to civilian lives than the police did.
Troops don’t die fighting for our freedoms. Historical hindsight is a dangerous thing. One of the most common complaints about a war is that somebody in power profited from it. This is true in every war ever fought in the history of man. That alone isn’t a disqualification for it being a fight for freedom. The last few wars were certainly not fights for American freedom, there was no danger to the American way of life posed by Iraq, nor was there any danger to the American way of life posed by a country in which opposition forces had chosen to hide because it lacked centralized government. It could easily be argued that our involvement in the War on Terrorism has cost America freedoms. You have to go back in history a very long time before you find a war that was actually being fought to preserve American freedoms. Much like Dorner, we don’t know the whole truth behind the motivations.
Memorial Day is for our troops who died fighting overseas. Actually, no, it’s not. Memorial Day’s birthplace is Waterloo, New York. It was first celebrated on May 5, 1866 to honor those who died during the Civil War. It was more than a century later, when the United States government was desperately in need of a pro-war propaganda, that it was made into a national holiday. During the Vietnam War, which by the way was another war launched under admittedly fabricated reasons, the US government needed a way to make people support a failing war effort. Since they couldn’t force people to support the war, they used the dead soldiers as pawns once again. The slogan, of “I don’t support the war, but I support the troops” began here. The caskets of the dead were used to stifle opposition to the war and silence critics.
Troops are slaves to the state and brainwashed. The level of indoctrination is high. They are taught to identify an enemy based on his uniform and condemn him based on nothing more than that. This is quite literally the same process used to generate this statement. Those who took this stance saw a US uniform and condemned him based on the actions of his peers. Not all troops are slaves to the state. Not all people in uniform are heroes. While all of his motivations aren’t clear, we do know this man woke up from his state induced coma to some degree. There is nothing that will wake a person up faster to the corruption that is systemic in our government than being the tool of its implementation. There are thousands of veterans out there who care and who would be happy to stand beside you. If someone is an addict who recovers and joins the fight, his or her past is used an example of how one can overcome obstacles. They aren’t constantly berated for their pasts. Maybe it would be wise to treat veterans with the same degree of latitude. Yes, they served a government that is constantly whittling away our freedoms, but they’re past that now. If that veteran is on the fence and is debating whether or not to get involved, how on Earth can anybody expect them to show up for an event filled with people who hate them for their past? How can anybody expect them to stand beside people who attack them at every turn?
Why did TFC go to these extremes? There is nothing more dangerous to an oppressive government than a group of young, dedicated, and active people willing to step out and call for change peacefully while being backed up by a group of men and women to whom violence is a skill. The divide between activists and veterans is one of the largest hurdles on the track to creating a free nation. You aren’t enemies. Relatively trivial issues are blown out of proportion by the media to keep you divided. If you saw the post and had any of the above reactions, don’t feel bad. It isn’t an indictment of you. The amount of time and money spent indoctrinating you into a false dichotomy is more than we will ever know.
This post wasn’t designed to troll our readers. It was designed to show the responses generated and to show that both sides are doing exactly what the authorities want them to. If you’re in this movement to belong to something or simply have a good time, ignore the post and this article. If you want to win, start cultivating veteran activists.