Columbia University students heckled a war hero during a town-hall meeting on whether ROTC should be allowed back on campus.
"Racist!" some students yelled at Anthony Maschek, a Columbia freshman and former Army staff sergeant awarded the Purple Heart after being shot 11 times in a firefight in northern Iraq in February 2008. Others hissed and booed the veteran. Maschek, 28, had bravely stepped up to the mike Tuesday at the meeting to issue an impassioned challenge to fellow students on their perceptions of the military.http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manh ... 7vXAiAQfSN
These young people are the future of the USA? Scary thought and their behavior is disturbing to say the least. If they don't like the military that is their right and it's brave people like Anthony Maschek that make sure they keep that right. Soldiers died far from home to protect the freedom Americans, Canadians, British, Australians etc enjoy today. They don't deserve to have their memories treated in such a manner. Freedom of speech is a beautiful thing unless you abuse it and treat others in such a disturbing way.
If they don't want to enter the military it's their right but don't attack those that do. How can they truly understand the military when they don't want to listen and attack those that try to discuss the issue with them? If you want your voices to be heard, you have to be prepared to hear the opposing view. They labeled this brave young man a racist, what do they call the terrorists? I for one would like to know.
Unfortunately, as history has shown the students view is nothing new. When these men and women return from war some are treated horribly, Most support them while overseas, but when the return the opposite is true. They become invisible, some civilians want to forget what the soldiers sacrificed for their country.
Why does that keep happening? It's a good question and I have yet to hear an answer that could truly explain why people are still doing this. You love them when they are protecting you and when their jobs are done, you toss them aside and forget them until you need them again. What will you do if a time comes and they are no longer there? That is a question they don't want to face or answer.
Back to the original question: Why do Citizens look down on the Military? I don't think there is one answer to that question. Too many opinions and all lead to tearing down the soldiers instead of engaging the Government and trying to change things. It's easier for them to attack the messenger then the one who sent them.