Clarification of Puerto Rican soldier duties
Posted in the African-American Forum
#1 Sep 19, 2013
Clarification of Puerto Rican soldier duties:
A Puerto Rican soldier has the same duty to obey orders as any other soldier in the USA Army.
Perhaps an historical comparison might prove instructive. Non-Italian Roman units, such as Gaulish and Iberian infantry, Egyptian, or Numidian light cavalry, Balearic Slingers, German heavy cavalry had the same. Theirs wasnt to question orders but to carry them out to insure imperial security. So there is nothing culturally, militarily, politically, or historically unusual about this.
Neither is Puerto Rican pride in being allies unusual. Most Mediteranian countries were honored to be Roman Provinces cooperating for the better economic, social, regional good. Commerce prospered due to the eradication of sea-piracy, local military bickering was prevented and borders were secured against rampaging incursions thus creating the famous Pax Romana whose nostalgic memory lingers on .
Roman soldiers from all the provinces gladfully and proudly did their assigned parts in preserving social order whether it was putting down a local revolt such as the ones which took place during the first- century AD in Palestine, or border violations by European barbarian hordes from the foreboding dark northern forests.
Duty was duty and they responded as they were trained to respond while striving not to let personal sentiments interfere with their famous and terrifying machine-like efficiency.
So efforts to depict military, Puerto-Rican American nationalistic pride and loyalty as some type of shameful, historical behavioral aberration either shows a profound ignorance of basic World and European History, or else is simply malicious campaign to malign founded on a deep hatred or envy of Puerto Rican prosperity in contrast to the bitter, seemingly-endless Mexican, social misery.
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