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Post What Does "Respecting Veterans" Mean?
Created by John Eipper on 09/30/16 4:29 AM

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What Does "Respecting Veterans" Mean? (Rodolfo Neirotti, USA, 09/30/16 4:29 am)

When commenting on Eugenio Battaglia's post of September 29, John E wrote: "Respect the veterans, absolutely, and some would add that it is a moral imperative to protest an unjust war. There's no reason that one should necessarily exclude the other."

I think that we need to define "respect." According to Lord Kelvin, an Irish mathematical physicist and engineer 1824-1907, "What is not defined cannot be measured. What is not measured cannot be improved. What is not improved always deteriorates."

If we follow his suggestion, and considering that a great number of the homeless in this country are veterans, we can say that this society does not respect them and it is not grateful for their sacrifices. Respect means treating them for the Post Traumatic Disorder, drug addiction secondary to horrors of war, the residual problems related to their injuries, and to provide the conditions for their reintegration into society.

JE comments:  I'd throw "respect" in the "I know it when I see it" drawer, à la Justice Potter Stewart.  But Rodolfo Neirotti takes a "put your money where your mouth is" approach to treating veterans:  they need material support more than parades, medals, and flag-waving.

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