It's almost as if the potential for cruelty and sadism is amplified upon being given a gun and a position of power over civilians in a war-torn country! Those meanies! Laughing as children beg for clean water, but it's ok, OORAH it's for our national defense! Throwing dogs off cliffs! OORAH! Raping 14 year olds and killing her family! OORAH! Just a dumb stunt, man, I still salute those meanies for being there!
Not a mormon; atheist.
Currently a nursing student because I would serve mankind by healing the sick and comforting the dying. Also being told to eat shit and die and that I am a pig because I am outraged over cruelty and indecency towards human beings, especially children. OORAH *smashes beer can with forehead*
Before I start a rant, let me get this strait... You expect a country that has had relatives, friend, and family members horrifically killed in 9-11 by people who would rather kill themselves than to see YOU alive and they're supposed to be "nice" to the ethnic/religious group that did this to us? Is this what I'm hearing? Because if it is, I just need one question answered before I start my rant, how many more times would you like to see the US Invaded and Attacked by terrorists before you say enough is enough or are you one yourself? Oh, you're Atheist, that my friend is a lie, because if you seriously were Atheist and not using it as cover to mascurade as another religion you would be going on and on of how stupid a religion is to say its ok to commit mass genicide instead of a soldiers coping methods in a state of war -- I take it you've never seen bombs strapped to kids before just so a solider will get close to give a kid his canteen and then, Kaboom! You see, they're being smart, instead of sobbing because they can't give the children water, they cope with it diffrently, as sobbing, is a pretty big sign of weakness and a huge morale dropper -- so, laughing fits.
I have spent the majority of my adult life with soldiers and one thing I have learned is this: Do not underestimate the potential for cruelty and savagery of the nineteen year old American male.
I've been inactive since 2003, but I suggest a few movies for you to watch that are very descriptive (got them as recommendations from Soldier's Magizine), one is "In the Vally of Elah" and "Home of the Brave". This is very descriptive of why US Soldiers have turned cruel during these times of war, its because it is the ONLY way they survive together. Such as the youtube clip suggests, if any of those soldiers had half a heart they could have been Radical Islamic Hamburger. But today's training teaches them not to have a heart, or at least how to turn it off and keep it off which is what you see, not the creulity of a 19y/o male -- even they die often from having compassion for children.
US Army, Retired