When asked by my XO to write a paper on why I joined..
December 1, 2012 in Resistance
Why I joined (Then and Now)
By: Cpl. Nicholas B. Morrow
I joined the Marine Corps when I turned 18 years of age. Like many individuals my age I possessed several traits of a young, uninformed American. Traits such as rashness, naivety, a willingness to fight and so on, all of which made me very susceptible to an underlying agenda that had been wrapped in the American flag under the guise of patriotism. In this paper I am not claiming to be a victim but merely an individual who did in fact make a conscious decision, although it was one based on uninformed opinions and overall ignorance and not factual evidence.
During my career I encountered many experiences the majority of the world’s population never gets to. Although not all these experiences have been positive and molded me as such, I had the motivation derived from a belief system the Marine Corps helped engrave in me. With the entire infrastructure built around covenants of a brotherhood with loyalty and dedication to duty, an “All for one and One for all” preset imprinted onto the mental framework of each individual newly acquainted. I have been infantry the last four years of service and gained many of the experiences previously mentioned while deployed in Afghanistan to the three most dangerous places in the theatre. Through these experiences I’ve acquired the insight needed to give a valid and accurate account on the Marine Corps’ culture: a culture indoctrinated in violence.
The transformation from recruit to marine is a three month process of changing a natural train of thought into something engineered toward violence. This process manufactures an inherently unnatural train of thought in individuals, gearing them toward the destruction of their own species; and in turn dehumanizes these people with no afterthought of the inevitable consequences these individuals will psychologically suffer. All this coupled with countless video games surrounding war and an infinite number of movies glorifying the military and worldwide intervention is nothing short of modern forms of propaganda being pushed on today’s society in order to desensitize the public to the very real and very heavy repercussions of war, both financially and morally.
It is my belief that many Americans have fallen out of touch with reality and in turn misunderstand the concept of war. Webster defines war as “A state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations” – war is a decision made by government on your behalf. In the case of myself, I realize that I am a sovereign individual, meaning that I have control over my life and actions as a free human being. With this being said I look at how America’s foreign policy has drastically radicalized and our military intervention has caused farm more harm than it has helped. An example of this is the invasion of Iraq during the first Gulf War, the US destroyed the Iraqi military and crushed their infrastructure including water purification facilities and hospitals, later following up with the imposition of crippling sanctions which were initiated by Bush Senior and sustained throughout the entire Clinton administration lasted over a decade and were estimated to have killed over 500,000 children. The Clinton administration was fully aware of these figures. By the time of the Cold War US military expenditures exceeded all other countries combined and to this day continue to grow; yet the debt ceiling keeps rising with no sign of slowing down, and the same can be said for the war tempo. This raises questions for anyone with their eyes open. Questions like: why did the United States attack Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen? Why are US operatives helping to destabilize Syria? And why is the US government so intent on taking down Iran, despite of the fact that Iran hasn’t attacked anyone since 1798? What’s next? What are we headed for?
I want to make it very clear that I am in no way anti-military or un-American. I am more of a patriot today than ever before in my life. It is not I, but the Department of Homeland Security that condemns veterans like myself in their own documents, deeming us terror threats. I look at these transgressions through sovereign eyes and see there’s a time when the operation of the machine (being the military industrial complex) becomes so horrific, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part, you can’t even passively take part. Nobody of conscious can logically argue that the war we fight today isn’t killing us on the home front; that through rash speculation and fear mongering as opposed to logic, has resulted in the severe diminishing of our liberties and freedoms as American citizens. “Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither” –Benjamin Franklin.
“We should be hesitant to go to war, not eager”-Congressman Ron Paul.
In closing, I would like to apologize for my apparent lack of oratory talents that prevent me in conveying my message in a more efficient manner, but my overall statement is this: I am far wiser and more informed today than the 18 year old who took an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, Foreign and Domestic. I intend to stand by that oath still and shake Americans of this pandemic, this affliction. The affliction of George Orwell’s 1984 where “War is Peace” “Freedom is Slavery” and “Ignorance is Strength”. I now reference a quote that many recognize quickly; “We hold these truths to be self evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights: that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…”-The Declaration of Independence. A sacred document written in 1776 by individuals who decried themselves free men of a tyrannical government; and a document that showed the power of an idea. I believe in the same ideologies and I believe that if Americans can step out of the United States of Amnesia (where no one remembers anything past last Monday), that we as a country will find these ideas applicable today. Finally I believe in an overall solution to all these wars and problems worldwide and especially the problems at home. I believe the answer to 1984, is 1776.