I had the opportunity to tour Chile’s national military school yesterday. As you may know, I spent some time in the military myself in places that were not especially pleasant, so the visit was quite meaningful for me.
My host was a particular gung-ho Chilean Army officer; curiously, he told me that many of his fellow officers in Chile petitioned the government to authorize a deployment of soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan. They want to participate in the action, if for no other reason than for the opportunity to improve training at home.
Chile’s politicians wouldn’t hear of it, their response being something slightly more eloquent than “no way in hell are we sending Chileans to die in that f’ing desert.” My host seemed rather disgruntled.