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  •  When you are trained to kill, (2+ / 0-)
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    you cross a border into a foreign land where the customs are strange and terrible. It can be hard to come back.

    •  We dealt with this in the aftermath of Vietnam (2+ / 0-)
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      Tim O'brien is one of my favorite authors. His short story, "How to Tell a True War Story," basically deals with this issue of the dehumanizing effects of war which are long lasting, if not impossible to cure.

      The devestating part is that it is a common procedure to strip the soldiers from their human emotions of compassion and mercy just so that they can kill another human being. The dehumanizing of the enemy's image is a routine excercise, enabling soldiers to hate and to kill.

      The unseen other part of this procedure is the fact it also "kills" the soldier's humanity.

      The walking "dead" man then is able to kill others without the interference of his human feelings.

      What we don't realize is that when the soldier comes home, he/she still is "dehumanized." Then the "emotionless" ex-soldier walks around like a timebomb that could be triggered by anything or anyone in his horizon. When they are good enough not to take it out of others, then they turn against themselves, hence all the suicides.

      I wish we lived in a world where wars never happened. We don't. Thus my second wish is that someone figures out a way of preparing the soldiers for a fight without stripping them from their humanity.

      I wish.

      "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

      by zenox on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 12:01:13 PM PST

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    •  I am proud of my military service. (0+ / 0-)

      For a number of reasons, but the big one is: going back to the days of the Revolution and George Washington, our armed forces has a tradition and culture of treating prisoners humanely and not engaging in atrocities, even (especially!) when the other side does so.
      I also would like to point out that our military deploys regularly to support humanitarian efforts and disaster relief, and is very effective at it, something we should all take pride in.
      These young Marines are knuckleheads, to be sure, but they are also victims of a military culture that has badly lost its way in the last decade.
      Final thought: we need to remind these chickenhawk winger types that the Geneva Conventions and the Code of Conduct for the military were not signed and enacted out of some touchy-feely sense of universal brotherhood, but because of a rational calculation that these sorts of best practices will, over time, protect OUR soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen. It's the right thing to do, and the smart thing to do.

      Insert your own pithy comment/angry screed/wise homily right here!

      by StratCat on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 02:16:26 PM PST

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