There is a cartoon on the home page of this website. It depicts two army enlistees with four greedy looking oil fat cat types riding on their backs. I objected to using this cartoon as I thought it was demeaning to soldiers and not a good way to engage a dialogue.
A discussion about my objection ensued with a friend. Here is the gist of the exchange:
Friend: The cartoon is intended to demean only the oil industry which uses enlistees as cannon fodder while they get free labor and extremely lucrative no bid oil contracts.
Me: That’s undeniable, it’s all already happened, but do you think the enlistees in the cartoon are meant to be chumps?
Friend: No, not at all, I think it is a succinct way of saying that soldiers are seeing the light about the way they have sacrificed for the oil companies who have never had their interests or even the interests of our country anywhere on their agenda.
I went to google and found a youtube video. Thanks youtube. This one is entitled “Danzinger Cartoons” Jeff Danzinger talks for 4:19 minutes about his intent in his cartoons! So right there he said ” I depict ordinary soldiers making observations about the army, not about politics, but about the army.”
I’m glad to have an opportunity to blog about that conversation and Danzinger’s intent. I applaud encouraging soldiers to continue to make observations of their own from inside themselves about what happens around them.
Basic training pushes for a soldier not to think for themselves but only to follow orders.
International law and Nuremberg states clearly that soldiers must question the morality of what he or she actually does.