Funny, I just came across a quote this morning from the 19th century philosopher Herbert Spencer, talking about the 2nd Afghan War in the 1870s which sums up feelings quite conscisely. "When men hire themselves out to shoot other men to order, asking nothing about the justice of their cause, I don't care if they are shot themselves." A slightly controversial viewpoint in the "support our troops as they fight for our freedom!!!" era but I don't really buy that propaganda. I tend to believe a military should exist solely for defensive purposes. People willing to get sent over seas to impose an ideology on other people don't really rank that highly in my esteem. Bit lacking in judgement.
I think I'd be willing to die for a cause I believe in if it really came down to revolution. But for my nation? Nah son. I was born here, it's an alright place, bit damp & windy, but worthy fighting & dying for? You're shitting yourself. Not even if I was desperate for a job & it was the only one going. Free thinkers aren't really tolerated in the military.
I'd like to imagine that if I was born in 1904 instead of 1984 that I'd have been willing to travel to Spain & fight Franco's fascists during the Civil War, that would be a war worth fighting, to stop a reactionary counter-revolution against a democratically elected government enacting change to help the poorest in society. But if the cause is just "what our leaders say" then nah son, not happening. I'm not dying to spread the dogma of globalism, free trade & make the rich richer. Fuck that.