Last night there was a catastrophic earth quake in Haiti.  It is quite possible that a hundred thousand people died or are dying right now, trapped under the rubble of their office or their church, their home, maybe their pharmacy or a bridge. It seems terribly sad and overwhelming. Every news report today is worse than the last.  I think that’s part of the reason I overreacted a little to the following status report on Facebook.

“It’s time to show the world that most of us support our troops. If you support our troops then please post this on your status and leave it there for one hour!! And if you don’t stand behind our troops, then please feel free to stand in front of them!!”

My response was as follows

“Sounds a little like the whole bra color deal to me. maybe if you support the troops, get a pen pal or something they’ll care about. “

to which I got the following:

“Wow!!! Pretty negative there Lisa. Been involved with Operation Shoebox since they started back in 2003. Guess I should have added a link or something…and yes, you can find a pen pal there too.”

To which I responded:

Not negative, just defensive because it almost sounds in that status report like the option doing this is essentially death, right?. I’m sure you didn’t write it, but the tone creeped me out a little. I’m frequently suspicious of rah rah stuff.

(see the logic goes from IF you support..THEN do this status thing, IF you don’t, then Go Stand in between the Troops and the enemy)

I don’t mean to be negative. I did the bra color thing and then thought it was kind of silly, and I was reacting to that. My son had a pen pal in Iraq for a long time and it was really cool. I didn’t intend to be vicious….”

What I didn’t say, because i hadn’t processed it yet is this.

It’s time to show the world that most of us support our troops.Why is NOW the time?  Are the troops like kids?  and they’re jealous that we aren’t putting them in our status reports enough?  That we’re all worried about Haiti (and what has Haiti done for us?) when we should be thinking about them? Now is NOT the time, silly. If you support our troops then please post this on your status and leave it there for one hour!!So if you don’t do this silly status thing, you obviously don’t support OUR troops. And if you don’t stand behind our troops, then please feel free to stand in front of them!! Bizarre logic wherein one is invited to be shot or blown to bits if one doesn’t post a certain status report on a social networking site.  What the hell is this?

I don’t want to fight about this, but I think the negativity started with the status report.


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  1. Aaron says:

    I found your blog while Google searching “if you don’t stand behind our troops, then please feel free to stand in front of them.” I think your blog hit the nail right on the head. Like you, I saw this posted on a few of my friends Facebook status’ and felt the same way (confused) about “NOW” being the time to show support for our troops, following the disaster that just hit Haiti.

    I’m a former enlisted United States Marine (with an older brother who also served and a younger brother currently serving, both in the Marine Corps.)
    I did not bother to “post this on your status and leave it there for one hour!!”

    If someone really wants to show support for our troops they can do so by getting on with their lives and accept the fact that our Soldiers, Airmen, Seamen and Marines do their jobs so that the U.S. civilian citizen doesn’t have to fight.
    And will continue to do so regardless of your support because they do it for reasons that the average person cannot comprehend, nor should they.

    What amazes me the most is that 99.9% of the people that follow this, “if you don’t stand behind our troops, then please feel free to stand in front of them” line of thinking have never and will never serve in any military branch.

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