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    Between the Marines and Phelps is that if you join the Marines you're going into it (hopefully) with your eyes open about the trauma that is about to occur. In fact, although military training is brutal, this sort of stuff is of vital importance because eventually--in theory--these people will end up doing this stuff for real. Furthermore, the goal of the training is to resist the trauma through a number of techniques (banding together, etc) that will later be helpful. When it's for real you're not going to get a chance to sit down and say "Hey, this is kind of traumatic... I'm not really sure how to deal with this, so..."

    In contrast, Phelps's (etc) children never got asked if they would like to be abused. The abuse is not a means to an end (except, perhaps, an end in continued tyranny of Fred Phelps). There people suffering do not have adequate coping techniques and are not being given them.

    Same with this "lock-in": the kids didn't have coping techniques and the point wasn't to acquire them. The point was to scare the fuck out of them (i am guessing, here) so that they can be used as stormtroopers in the next generation's culture wars, being programmed to look back to the terror there and attach it to the possibility of any "un-Christian" movements gaining power.

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    by Shapeshifter on Tue May 23, 2006 at 12:50:55 PM PDT

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