Originally Posted by Paul123
Yeah I know. But the United States is supposed to be based on the Rule of Law. Those actions are not compatible with our image as a beacon of hope for 'the poor, hungry, tired, huddled masses yearning to....", as is written on our Statue of Liberty.
It's a sad fact of life, Paul, that in every
society, there is an element that is capable of acts of extreme brutality. We usually consider them to be sadistic criminals and lock them up in prisons and mental institutions.
But sometimes, these people can be useful to us. Sometimes we require our young men (mostly) to kill, maim, mutilate, set alight, blow to smithereens and otherwise be pretty mean towards; our enemies. In order for them to do this efficiently and unquestioningly, any trace of 'squeemishness', any moral scruples must be removed from their mindset. We turn them into 'mean, lean killing machines'. Grrrrr!
Now instill a sense of devotion to (insert your own highest standard - God, The Flag, The American Way) and an absolute hatred
for (insert you current enemy's defining characteristics - communists, terrorists, his nationality or religious persuasion) and you have youself the perfect soldier.
In short, we create
brutal killers. My question is: Why are we so surprised
when they act this way?
Another question is: What do you do with them when you don't want them to go around killing people anymore? They have fulfilled their purpose, done their duty for us and we expect them to fit right back into 'normal' society - stacking shelves at WalMart/LeClerque(sp)/Sainsbury's - without showing any signs of their former selves. Food for thought!!