Oh, good grief... give me a freaking break... there's a reason I attempt to ignore the Entertainment Industry, and things like this are it...
I think there's something wrong with sending little girls overseas. I'm sorry, she's a nineteen year old supply clerk in a war zone.
Well, quite apart from the fact that I ethically and morally object to war itself... though I know it's human nature and some get off on it... if a woman wants to serve in the military, *let her*. There were times in my life when I wanted to join up, because I do believe in protecting my country. (See, though, I don't believe in pre-emptive strikes. I guess that makes me a disloyal traitor.) I knew, though, that I'd be insulted to within an inch of my life by guys who'd be pissed off by my being around them, and felt it wasn't worth the effort, that I could do other work that would somehow serve. (I felt that library work, helping provide information to the public, was a pretty good substitute.)
My mother tried, in the early '50s, to join the Marines -- mostly to get away from her parents. (Yes, the Marines.) She got one of the two highest scores on the test (the highest was another woman), but was never contacted by them. So much for that plan.
Anyway, Lynch is 19. That's not a little girl. She fought really hard to survive and killed a few of the enemy -- she's not a little girl.
I think women have every place in combat that men do, and that any use of anyone, regardless of gender or religion or skin colour or whatever to a warlike end is inherently a bad idea.
Well, yes, *war* is a bad idea, but unfortunately human nature. (Or to quote the title of a book by Chris Hedges, _War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning_.) Since we apparently will never outgrow war, then let those who want to serve do so.
If Jessica Lynch was black or Hispanic, if she was Jewish or Islamic, if she was male.... would she be as well-known and as lionized as she has been for surviving eight days without food in that hospital?
We'll never know. The other woman in her group, Piestewa (sadly, I've forgotten her first name), was Hopi Indian, but she died. (Her brother was hoping desperately, saying if anyone could survive, she would; she was tough.) If she'd survived, would she be lionized now? Again, we'll never know.
"The dew has fallen with a particularly sickening thud this morning."
- Marvin the Paranoid Android, "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"
Rules for Surviving an Autocracy
Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen