Monday, March 28, 2011

The Kill Team

This is not something for everyone to read but for those who support wars and think they are the solution, for those who want them but don't want to pay the full economic cost for them, I think it might be a good idea.

It's not like every soldier would do this kind of horrible thing. Most go to war, and if they are part of the killing end, they come back hurt inside for what they had to do. They didn't do it out of desire for glory but rather with an understanding sometimes it's what you have to do.

Huckabee just said he'd rather we be feared than liked as a way to put down what Obama has tried to do across this world. That is the mentality of many from the right wing, especially the extreme end.

What Huckabee should have said is he'd rather be respected than just liked. I'd have even agreed with that. We won't be respected when we take into our military the dregs of society which clearly we have had to do when we won't pay the price of the wars we support. And that doesn't mean every soldier signing up is the dregs. Most are upstanding people. We have had to though take those into the military that earlier would have been rejected due to having been in trouble other ways. The military should not be expected to clean up the messes other people made with their children.

Respect, whether it's for a nation or an individual, is earned not demanded. You can't just say you are the best in the world. You have to demonstrate it.

One good thing about what happened with that kill team is they were charged and are going to pay a price for it, but it isn't the price they'd have paid if they had done the same thing to Americans. Does that earn us respect?


Robert the Skeptic said...

This is an example of the many atrocities of placing people in war. One has to wonder what in their training or experience led these men to detach their sense of humanity and indulge their sense of power with no conscience or restraint.

When I hear of the atrocities committed in places like Darfur or other troubled places, it makes me wonder if individuals who have nothing, no prospect for a decent life, find that putting an AK-47 in their hands suddenly makes them significant, powerful... it if goes to their heads. To go from nothing to powerful in such a leap, how can a mind reconcile it? What a truly sad story.

Ingineer66 said...

It is amazing to read about the accounts of man's inhumanity to man. These moron's defile the service of millions of soldiers that have performed honorably.