TurningWheels

Wednesday, April 02, 2003
 
More on our brave "CO"

Soldier Says He's Conscientious Objector

With his sister carrying his duffel bag and his mother holding his hand, a 20-year-old Marine reservist surrendered to the military Tuesday and declared himself a conscientious objector.

Since when does a Marine need to have his sister carry his seabag, while he holds mommy's hand? This guy ain't a Marine.

Funk said he's attended every major San Francisco Bay area anti-war rally since finishing his military training last fall. He insisted his decision had nothing to do with the war in Iraq.

Right, because he didn't join the Marines to serve his country. No, he joined to take advantage of his country, with no intention of ever paying his dues. So while his unit is living up to its obligations, he's hanging out in SF with his commie friends who refer to his Commander-in-Chief as Hitler. AWOL. Nice.

Funk, who grew up in Washington state, enlisted when he was 19 and living on his own for the first time. He said he caved in to pressure from a recruiter who capitalized on his vulnerability.

Yeah, I've met a couple of those bully recruiters. Sure, they put their M-16's to vulnerable boys' heads and force them to join the Armed Forces. Because that's the type of boy, er, man, they want in the Marines. It's always somebody else's fault, no? Why can't this guy just admit he tried to take advantage of the United States military, and got caught? ADMIT IT!!!

"They don't really advertise that they kill people," Funk said. "I didn't really realize the full implications of what I was doing and what it really meant to be in the service as a reservist."

They don't advertise that they kill people? So is that is their mission, to kill people? Is that what they're in Iraq for right now? If that's what this cretin thinks, then he has no place in the military. This guy obviously has NO CLUE what it means to serve ones country. He should look into the history of our Armed Forces before he opens his pathetic little mouth. What did he think the implications of the reserves were? To sit back at the gates of the military base once a month sipping lattes? What a dumb-ass. I'd be embarrassed to be his sister, carrying his bag.

Funk said he began doubting his fitness for military service during basic training last spring when he felt uncomfortable singing cadence calls that described violence and screaming "Kill, kill, kill."

Uh, so why didn't you bring it up then? Because you thought you'd get a free ride? Is it me, or is this guy a total idiot??? Now, I've never been to boot camp, but I can imagine that the point is to verify that one is fit for military service... so what happened here?

I can't grasp the concept of "conscientious objector" in an all-volunteer Armed Forces. I could understand it during a draft, or where military service is mandatory. You hear the stories of CO's coming out of Israel, usually from very religious people. But here? Come on!

As far as his parents go, how can they stand there by his side defending what he has done? Why didn't they speak up when he enlisted? His father served in the Navy-- didn't he talk to his dad for some insight? I know my mom wasn't thrilled that my brother joined the service, but not because she doesn't believe it's important to serve your country. She was worried for his safety, because in my family we are aware of the "implications" of joining the Armed Forces.

AAARGH! This guy needs to get a clue! He should be thrown in jail for sheer stoopidity.




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