Earns Respect from Others
A man joined the army and was immediately assigned to serve a captain. The captain was very severe and required lower ranking soldiers to strictly obey his commands without any reservation. Of course, the inherent duty of a soldier is to absolutely obey command. One day, the captain told the soldier to paint his residence. After painting it, he told the soldier to wash the brush. However, the soldier could not find a cleaning rag to wipe the brush. The captain pointed to a stack of clothes nearby that belonged to other soldiers, and told the new soldier to take one and wash the brush. At that time, the young soldier faced a dilemma; he did not know how to handle the situation. If he obeyed the captain’s command, he would have to steal clothing for use as a cleaning rag. Stealing from others, once found out, would be a violation of law. However, disobeying a command from a superior officer would violate the military law.
After struggling with his thoughts, he decided not to steal the clothing. So answering the captain with a firm voice he said: “I will not do that.” His captain was very surprised that he dared to disobey his command, and immediately asked him: “Why won’t you do it?” The new soldier did not answer, and only looked at his superior with a decisive facial expression that conveyed his determination not to steal. The captain then knew that the soldier had made a firm decision, so he did not say anything more.
To be respected by others, you must have the attitude to earn that respect. If you respect yourself, others will naturally respect you. Since the military law also barred stealing, the new soldier set a firm resolution not to steal under any circumstance.
However, it was not easy for him to make such a decision at that time, because the duty of a soldier is to “obey.” But his “morality” caused him to make a reasonable and courageous decision for himself. Our free will gives us choice, and we can do whatever we want. That is why heaven and hell are created by us. No one can force us to do anything. If we follow the words of an unenlightened person and do whatever he wants us to do, we will not get respect from others, because we lack independent thinking and will power.
Supreme Master Ching Hai
I am only trying to make a false distinction, which is often made by the left such as the courageous of Lim,Trillanes and Querubin. If a soldiers wants us to believe the politicians are the criminals and the troops just following orders. The problem is if an order is criminal the solider who carries it out is also a criminal. The military has a legal and moral duty not to follow illegal orders.
I also tend to make a distinction between criticism of the incarcerated soldiers and of the politicians who have largely directed it, and the troops on the ground. I also consider their reasoning to break the Chain of Commands in a number of ways, but I don’t consider that to necessarily be an indictment of the troops. The real world calculation is somewhat more complicated than “Criminal order + compliant soldier = Criminal Soldier”.
The military cannot afford to have its cannon fodder evaluating the appropriateness of the orders given to it. Commanders expect their command to do what it is told. Large scale military activity depends upon it. Allowing individual soldiers and low level commanders to evaluate the legal status of their orders could cripple a military. The rigid discipline and unquestioning obedience associated with military training is a direct result of these considerations.
Soldiers can be court-marshalled and imprisoned for refusing compliance with an order, even if they consider that order to be criminal. Effectively this means that when given an order soldiers are acting under duress. People acting under duress are given special status under the most laws.
A consequence of this is that you cannot draw a hard line between the criminality of an order and the soldier’s responsibility. Whatever lip service we give about soldiers being responsible for their actions, they do have a certain insulation. Obviously, a soldier told to commit rape ought to refuse. The criminality of that order is easily evaluated. But a soldier ordered to commit and participate in election cheating with force and intimidation? How does an individual evaluate that?