Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga

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Guiltless and Sickening Army Recruitment

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August 16, 2005

The army swarms the malls, entertainment centers, 42nd street, television and online youth oriented sites seeking to send naive and uncertain kids to face war and death.
Recruitment officers have quotas and their wet dream is some 18 year old who may not have gotten into college, may be rebelling against their home, may not want to go to college and is basically uncertain about what s/he is supposed to do with her/his life. And there is no fucken sense of guilt in targeting this kid. And what socio-economic background is this kid likely to be coming from? You can bet that the children of senators, congressmen, our president would never end up in a recruitment office because they are uncertain about their future.

I was checking out the ifilm site again and it’s riddled with these highly romanticized, bullshit army ads that would only function on a kid who doesn’t know any better and hasn’t been taught to be critical of our authorities and all the lies that they spread.
Every recruitment officer should be regularly informed of the army life and personal situation of each youth that s/he recruits, should be informed if that person is facing warfare, should be informed if that person has been injured or died. Perhaps then they may feel a shred of guilt at targeting the youth of our country and taking advantage of their uncertainty, socio-economic background, lack of resources, naive notions of patriotism. Of course, it’s naive of me that they would give a shit, after all most recruitment officers themselves have been brainwashed into thinking that they represent the only truth…

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October 28th, 2006 at 8:01 pm