Friday, February 15, 2008

Supporting companies that don't support our troops?

I received this e-mail yesterday from my uncle. I have no knowledge of it's validity, so do not take this as Gospel truth. But it poses a very interesting question. The e-mail follows.

Guess I won't be drinking Starbucks anymore! ! !

Recently Marines in Iraq wrote to Starbucks because they wanted to Let them know how much they liked their coffees and to request that they send some of it to the troops there. Starbucks replied, telling the Marines thank you for their support of their business, but that Starbucks does not support the war, nor anyone in it, and that they would not send the troops their brand of coffee.

So as not to offend Starbucks, maybe we should not support them by buying any of their products! I feel we should get this out in the open. I know this war might not be very popular with some folks, but that doesn't mean we don't support the boys on the ground fighting street -to-street and house-to-house.

If you feel the same as I do then pass this along, or you can discard it and no one will ever know.

After reading this, I did what most people do, I deleated it. But it brought a question to me later, how do I feel about companies that do not support the soldiers. There are more than enough people that don't support the war, and I don't think you have to, but I think that when it comes down to it, we should always support our soldiers.

So I post this, really to see what you all think. If there was a company that you knew did not support our soldiers, would you still support it? Why or why not? I think that this can go many ways, and I am hoping it opens up for some room to debate.

Have a great day!


Dain said...

About the Starbucks email, it was proven false and even recanted by the original author:

But in general, supporting businesses that don't support our troops is not a cut and dry issue for me. I don't think I'll ever limit myself to say that I would support our troops no matter what situation. It depends where my allegiance lies. However if I didn't "support" them, I would sympathize with them no less. I think it has to do with the good cop/bad cop mentality. Well, the bad cop to us is always someone else's good cop.
For example, the Japanese soldiers during WWII were Japan's heros, yet our foes. American soldiers were detestable in their eyes...yet even until this day we applaud them for their work (and I believe rightfully so).
However I could not say that if America were to become so corrupt (even more than it is now, I suppose) as to enlist our troops to carry out such a task that would lead to the destruction of our society, that I would support them. But I cannot speak of that circumstance because I have yet to witness it.

Now, off with my useless babblings :)

Anonymous said...

yeah Dains right
its false

I didnt see it on the site he did
I actually saw a few Starbucks in Hemet with boxes that said buy a pund of coffee and donate it to our troops

and I asked the lady at the counter about it
and I guess they are taking coffee donations and they also send some over to the troops.

so yeah.