Insulting military services

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 September, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 September, 1995, 12:00am

WHO can argue with the logic presented in J. Garner's letter headlined, 'Women's advancement lies with their sons' (South China Morning Post, September 12)? Let me see if I have this right: women are the virtuous guardians of peace on earth and men need their guidance if they are to stop brutalising their own kind and squandering the world's resources on implements of destruction . . . and space exploration? I find this proposition both sexist and naive.

I agree that as children we need the guidance of our families if we are to grow up to be civilised beings and that many conflicts in this world are unjust.

However, the idea that people in the military services are misguided misfits is an insult to the millions who served and gave their lives in just causes to preserve the freedom and security of their families.

The world view presented in the letter appears to me to be the result of too much exposure to the strategic soundbites of 20-minute news programmes.

To those who hold this view, I suggest you open a history book and read about humanity and the forces which drive it.

In doing so, you'll learn about things like freedom from repression, territorial integrity and the right to self-determination.

Once understood, you'll begin to appreciate that many of us now enjoy them only because others - both in and out of uniform - made the ultimate sacrifice to achieve it for us. J. Garner should flip directly to the section on the Falklands conflict.

Once there he/she will learn that Margaret Thatcher, the most empowered woman in England at the time, presided over that conflict.

L. ALLEN Discovery Bay