Creeping Over the Pond (iluq) wrote in thequestionclub,
Creeping Over the Pond
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Support the troops

Why must we support our troops? They chose to join the military, knowing that it was a possibility they'd get sent to war and have to kill people, so how come we are so heavily encouraged to unconditionally support them? The majority of them are probably not pacifists in any way and a lot of them probably believe the wars they fight in are justified.

I know it must be scary to be in a war but they had a choice about whether or not to join the military.

And I also know people join it for more reasons than just to fight in a war, like getting the possibility to go to college, support their families, etc., but still, most rational people would figure out that they might have to actually go to Iraq or an equally scary place when they make the decision to go into the military.

Basically, what are the motivations/justifications behind the phrase "support our troops", or is it just a catchphrase?
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