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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Are U.S. soldiers equivanent to Islamist suicide bombers?

One of my favorite blogs is the one over at I know they are mostly against the Iraq war, however I was none to pleased to find an article titled, "Paid to Fight, Paid More to Die", posted there. Here's the leading paragraph, I kid you not.

"Thanks to a little-noticed item in Bush's budget, it won't just be Islamist suicide bombers whose families are limned and paid off for the death of their fighters. American warriors, too, will have a rather similar emolument: a death gratuity of $100,000 plus a $150,000 life insurance payment that goes to the person who is likely to be grieving the most. If it works for Islam, maybe it will work for democracy as well."
This angered me so I posted a comment where I first repeat the above text then said.
"Sorry, I couldn't read past that point. It is absolutely despicable. The terrorists are being paid to die on purpose, and to target and take out as many innocent civilians in the process. Often, being paid by third parties like the Saudis with a vested interest in stirring up trouble.

The death benefits U.S. soldiers recieve is an insurance policy. We do everything we can to prevent our soldiers deaths which anyone who isn't living in a cave should know.

The Islamists are being paid blood money specifically to commit suicide and kill innocents.

In fact, I bet if you check there are clauses that would prevent the collection of death benefits should a soldier purposefully take an action which serves no purpose other than to collect on the premium. No rational army wants a solider to commit suicide and possibly cause the deaths of other soldiers depending upon him.

I just read a little farther and even the ecomomics are suspect. After all you need to work from facts and the statement "which for the economically disadvantaged families so overrepresented in the ranks of the armed forces" is bullshit. Sorry, but percentage wise the more wealthy are over represented in the military. That is if you consider the income of the families of those in the military.

I'm not reading any more. This is just a vile hack job.

I don't buy the whole "they are attacking us because of what we have done to them" stuff that is common here either. That doesn't explain the killings in the Netherlands and elsewhere does it?

It's very simple. Their religion teaches them to hate us because we are infidels. Even our supposed muslim allies, the Saudis, cannot control themselves long enough to not spread hate literature in their Saudi government funded US mosques.

Stop acting like knee jerk anti-americans when it comes to the issue of US conflicts."

More to come...