This cartoon by Clay Bennett from the Chattanooga Times Free Press relates to news that the US military has officially lifted the 1994 ban on female soldiers serving in combat roles and said that anyone qualified should get a chance to fight on the front lines of war regardless of their sex. At the moment women make up about 14% of the US military's 1.4 million active members and more than 280,000 of them have done tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan or overseas bases where they helped support the US war effort in those countries. Full story >>
Two soldiers, one male and one female, are sitting on their beds in the army barracks. The woman is reading a newspaper story about the lifting of the ban. The man tells her, 'Congratulations... or condolences. Whichever.'
While the lifting of the ban could be seen as a cause for celebration since it puts women on an equal footing with their male counterparts, it also means that female soldiers will have more chance of getting killed in combat, hence the condolences.
1. When you offer or express your condolences to someone, you express your sympathy for them because one of their friends or relatives has died recently, or something bad has happened to them.
2. You use whichever to indicate that it does not matter which of the possible alternatives happens or is chosen. • Choose a card; whichever you want!
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