Originally Posted by Tannhauser
Is that not a slightly rosy view of things? Some soldiers lay down their lives to protect freedoms - certainly - but a lot more lay down their lives for the territorial or economic ambitions of their countries. I disagree with DW that none of the conflicts since WWI were defences of freedom, but I think many of them weren't.
Soldiers in many conflicts attack rival civilian populations. I guess you mean 'so that the civilians of their own population don't have to die?'
And I don't think that the majority of the population hold soldiers in contempt at all. Quite the opposite. I'd say they are lauded more now than any time in the last 60 years. No public figure in the UK would dare to criticise soldiers - they would be really pilloried for it, and I bet that's true in the US too.
Nothing against the military, and nit saying those in it don't deserve our respect, but I think the view they're always defending freedom is over-reaching a bit.
Name one war, declared or undeclared, since the start of the previous century, that you believe was fought to protect the freedom of Americans, and I'll prove that it wasn't whatsoever.