Modern nation states seek to promulgate a culture of patriotism by hammering down its citizen’s throats incessantly the message of “we better than anything or anyone else”, using various means such as primary education, public broadcasting, and creating and accessorizing a few national heroes. One of the key cogs in this wheel of creating the “national supremacy” myth is to create a propaganda juggernaut around the country’s defense forces. The nation states flood our conscience right from childhood with that handsome man wearing military fatigues, dumb intensity in his eyes, a firmness in his posture symbolizing his resolve to prevent any person to cross over his national border, that artificial line drawn by some privileged people who took the advantage of or succumbed to the situation resulting from history at their time.
Indeed, defense forces worldwide are treated as the holiest of the holy cows and questioning the character of defense personnel is near taboo in all societies. All Television and film industries, especially
Whether it’s a Muslim with a gun or an alien, the defense personnel never veer from their path of patriotic morality. Under this code of morality, everything is usually ok as long as it is for the sake of the country. Good defense people, after all, never question the decision makers (unless in real world of coups). So, common mischievous acts by the defense forces such as raping the wife of a state declared terrorist, cutting of the tongue of a tribal fighting against the state for basic human rights, or simulating water-boarding on yet to be tried Guantanamo Bay prisoners, become perfectly legit and honorable. Making millions out of defense contracts and privileged access to jobs and monopoly markets (e.g. petrol pumps in