Running some errands today I was behind a car with what I felt was an odd bumper sticker. Unfortunately I was unable to take a picture of it while driving, but I found the same one online.
I have seen many “god bless our troops” stickers, shirts, signs, etc since W’s crusade, I mean the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, began. But this was the first time I had come across one with this particular extra line added.
The “god bless our troops” part actually makes sense. If you believe that god is good and listens to prayers, then asking god to bless the troops is an act of compassion, essentially asking for protection for those in danger. It has no actual value for the troops, but at least those who say it have good intentions.
But to add the part “especially our snipers” changes the entire meaning of this quote. A sniper’s job plain and simple is to kill. By asking for a blessing specifically for snipers it seems to me as if the blessing is directed towards helping them do their job, not merely keeping them safe. So this changes the quote from one asking for the safety of those in danger to asking to make killers more efficient.
And that, to me, is just barbaric…