Originally posted by dbates
You have to at least graduate from high school to enlist in the US military.
But that hardly means that a person is educated. One can certainly be a high school graduate, especially in the US where people still wonder about
teaching creationism in schools and worry about hurting students feelings by using red ink, and be largely uneducated. Heck, lots of them apparently
can't even read, and even then lots more are hardly 'literate'.
Trying to get them to wear different hats is what's causing the problem.
This is actually something that the Britishers at least claim to be good at, having soldiers act as policemen. Besides, how are US soldiers acting as
police men over there? They aren't working cases or investigating crime. Usually this soldier/police line is crossed when soldiers are used to
'police' large crowds. Police won't use lethal force without going thru a set of procedures, whereas soldiers only
have lethal force as a
response (more of less of course).
You can't expect a bunch of 18-20 year old kids, with a highschool grade average of C- and lower to diplomatic. Their sole purpose while there is to
kill people who are trying to kill them.
Which is precisely the reason everyone on every side of the situation should be doing their best to have these people removed from the country
immediately, ie stop the insurgency and get involved in the re-establishment of a legitimate sovereign iraqi state. The longer the US Army is around
the longer everyone is unhappy.
then placed the Union Jack in our windscreen to indicate that we were a 'friendly' security patrol. The Top gunners laughed and sped off, but not
before they had rammed 2 other Iraqi vehicles[..]Thank god that the Americans liberated Iraq from a dictatorship!
You prefered mass murder and rape as an interoggation and supression method to having your car rammed? Perhaps the american laughed when he realized
that you were a britisher, not because of arrogance, but because he didn't know what the hell to think about a britisher sitting in traffic in
downtown baghdad, or whereever. Besides, why shouldn't the pile thru every vehicle in their path when they are on the move? They are the Army, they
are out on Army business, that is, killing people and defending other people. They certainly weren't going to slow down to let you get out of their
way. And if everyone hates it, then whats the alternative? Shoot at them or join the rebellion? To do what, force them to stay? THe politics of
the situation dictate that the Americans will be in Iraq until its 'sufficiently' peaceful and there have been a round of elections and law making.
If the insurgents really wanted the Americans out, then they'd simply stop struggling, and fight the Iraqi National Army later on. Or hell, just
organize and work to make the new Iraqi Republic work in accordance with whatever the heck they pretend to want.
So being rude and arrogant, well, I think that thats generally understood to be how americans over all act, especially when in foreign countries. The
US isn't trying to make friends or have the iraqis say, 'gosh, what proper chaps those americans'. I think most people in the US would be happy if
the iraqis said 'Those pig stupid americans, thank god they left a few months after the elections'.