Arvin Vohra has faced criticism and some calls for his resignation or removal as LNC Vice-Chair for a series of facebook posts he has made about the US military. He previously responded to this criticism but has now issued a new response, which follows, perhaps because his previous answer was criticized for being too long. For related stories see here, here, here, and here.
An Open Letter to Military Veterans:
During the last days, I’ve spoken to dozens of you, both privately and
publicly. Many of you asked for an apology, explanation, or resignation.
To those of you who believed that I considered your motivations
dishonorable, or believed that I despised or hated you as people: I am
truly sorry for making you feel that way. Of the hundreds of military
veterans that I have heard from, the motivations have been motivated mostly
by heroism, some by opportunity. With either rare or nonexistent
exceptions, no one joins the military for an actively immoral purpose.
Those who join the military want to give the best parts of themselves to a
noble cause. All of us have good and bad parts; the military demands the
best parts, the nobility, self sacrifice, and discipline.
But then it coldly misuses those best parts. It takes what is noble, and
uses it for purposes that are ignoble. It takes the parts of you that are
honorable, and uses those in a policy that is dishonorable.
Many of you have shared your stories of reclaiming that honor, which had
been misused and tainted by the military industrial complex, and the
corrupt politicians it controls. You stopped fighting imaginary foreign
enemies, and fought the real domestic enemies. You realized that those
abroad don’t oppose our freedoms, but those in our government do.
You took the discipline you learned in the military, and the honor you were
born with, and used it against the military industrial complex. You became
noble in both intention and action. You became honorable both in your
motivations and in your results.
Now I ask you to help others find that path to fighting the real enemies at
home. I ask you to help others never have their heroism deformed in service
to an evil cause. I ask you to help others recognize what you already
recognize: the politicians and corporations that control military policy
are evil. They are using the military for evil. Help others regain their
true heroism, even before corrupt military policy tries to take it.
1. If you are one of the many military veterans running for office, reflect
your opposition to the miltary’s misuse of heroism in your bio. Instead of
saying “Fred is a Korean War veteran,” say “Fred is a Korean War veteran
who opposes current immoral military policy.” Or “Fred is an anti-war
Korean War veteran.” Or “Fred is a Korean war veteran who wants to shut
down foreign military bases and bring the troops home.”
The fact is, most of you will not win. But all of you will have your bios
read by hundreds, thousands, or millions of people. If you just say that
you are a veteran, everyone will take that as an endorsement of military
policy and the military industrial complex. Your campaign will literally
encourage others to squander their heroism as part of immoral military
policy, to be a part of one of the most destructive institutions on the
If you boldly oppose military policy in your bio, then your campaign will
help people find the path to fighting the true enemies in the military
industrial complex, rather than the ones they fabricate.
2. If you want to help people find better uses for their heroism, better
rites of passage, better ways to find opportunity, while at the same time
taking easy access to manpower away from the military industrial complex,
join this group:
3. Use your social media and traditional media to demand that the U.S.
government shut down foreign military bases, cease involvement in foreign
civil wars, and bring the troops home.
(Personal, not official post)
VoteVohra at gmail.com