Sure mate i'll do my best. First i should clarify that it is i who labeled him a traitor not any Govt body or the like. That is my opinion of him.
Bit of backstory first...There was a social movement here leading up to the invasion of Iraq condemning our possible involvement in the war. There were many protest, public debates and political debates both in the house and the senate.
Now debate is fine, protest is also fine. Now, one group who called themselves the NO WAR Party, led many of these protest marches and were backed by the church and had some corporate backing too. Up to the point troops were put into Iraq the NWP condemned the Govt for making the decision to go to war. Once we were involved the NWP switched to supporting the troops whilst still condemning the Govt, but now the protest were to bring the troops home and end our involvement. They set up a charity for Iraqi civilians and for the families of our dead soldiers.
All this is fine, they petitioned the Govt to bring the troops home, and protested the decision of sending them in the first place.
Heath ledger along with other protesters held a few protest marches condemning the war, the Govt and the Troops. He condemned the soldiers for taking part in an illegal war. He condemned them for attacking a defenseless population just so that the west may have it's oil.
Now that is wrong. No matter what the political reasons were for going into Iraq, oil is on top of the list obviously, you do not attack the troops doing what they are ordered to do. He did, and he did it publicly.
Protest against the Govt all you like, but once those troops are on the ground you give them your support, you do not tell them that you are ashamed to be an Australian due to their involvement. He said that, on T.V.
Now in my opinion, that makes him a traitor. He was never branded as such openly in the media, but he did get a lot of negative press and was booed at some premiere he attended in Sydney. He moved out of Australia not long after that. Take that to mean what you want. Personally i believe it to be the actions of a coward.
Now Ghost, debating whether troops are deployed is one thing, and yes a far cry from the abuse the Vietnam Vet's received. But he went beyond debate...the only difference is, he did not have any troops near him to throw vegetables at...
So i have since that day labeled him, IMO, a traitor and not that i would have wished his death or any harm to him at all....i do believe in a sense of kharma......
I have to admit that I'm having a bit of trouble understanding you here. Is any form of protest or debate treasonous once the troops are on the ground, or are you speaking only of actions/speeches that specifically target and disrespect troops?
I guess i just gave the long answer, short answer is, i am speaking of disrespectful protests/comments that target the troops specifically.
Sorry if that post has a bit of attitude in it mate, certainly not directed at you. It is Australia Day here and the patriotic juices are flowing...along with the booze!