Friday, July 10, 2009

US Troops On Neo-Nazi Site

Remember when there was a backlash to an advisory sent to some law enforcement officers suggesting that members of the military could be homegrown terrorists? There was such an uproar, and rightly so, that an apology was quickly issued.

Now comes word that the Southern Poverty Law Center has found the names of dozens of U.S. troops on a neo-Nazi social networking site.

This is not to suggest that most, nor even a significant number, of members of the military support the hateful views represented on the site. But what the watchdog group has discovered is disconcerting at best.

They call those who lived through the World War II era the greatest generation. A time when Americans sacrificed, oftentimes with their lives, to bring down the Nazi Third Reich. The men and women who wore the same uniforms of the United States armed forces bravely brought down the Nazis. Current members of the military who support such a philosophy dishonor them.

Today, no one is forced to join the armed forces of the United States. People volunteer to serve. Those who do should be clear in their minds where their loyalties lie. Any member of the armed forces who is motivated to join the neo-Nazi site doesn't deserve to wear the uniform of any branch of the military.

Any member of the military whose name appears on the site should be discharged. Dishonorably.


Anonymous said...

The report says 40, not thousands.

Gary Baumgarten said...

Meant to write "dozens" not thousands.

Good catch!