posted on Feb, 6 2015 @ 03:04 PM
originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
a reply to: Answer
I should have elaborated on th kill count, I have said that since...
I thought people would understand that since that is the prominent issue surrounding Kyle, not his service or morality in general.
Unfortunately, the kill count was the main focus of the media. Folks who have been in the military or are familiar with the military do not place an
emphasis on kill count. They look at the lives saved and the character of the warrior.
It's impossible to know how many lives were saved directly and indirectly by Chris Kyle and all of the snipers, pilots, and artillery troops in Iraq.
There are probably several pilots who have a "kill count" 2-3 times higher than Kyle but they aren't glorified like snipers and, strangely, no one
is calling them cowards for flying a jet 10,000 feet above the enemy.
Chris Kyle was made into a legend and the media focused on his kill count. He didn't want the attention and he certainly didn't care about his kill
count. The book "American Sniper" was going to happen with or without his input so he got involved to make sure it was accurate. What followed
were dozens of interviews because "the deadliest sniper in US history" had a nice ring to it. Nearly every single interview I've seen with Kyle,
they inevitably ask about the kill count and whether he regrets killing or misses killing people. That's what non-military people focus on because
they can't fathom the ugly task of taking another person's life and they assume that a person who does that job as effectively as Kyle must have a
screw loose. It was the act of killing
and the horrible face of war that caused emotional problems for Chris. He came back from war a changed
man and he was only able to crawl out of that dark hole by helping wounded veterans.
Chris Kyle was an idealist, like I and so many others were in 2001/2002. He was sent to fight a war that he thought was just, because his government
told him so. He did his job very effectively and he had the physical and emotional scars to show for it. Far be it for those who have never
experienced war to call the man a coward or a sociopath for protecting his brothers in arms. I can relate to Kyle in many ways and I will not stay
silent while others attempt to tarnish his legacy because of ignorance or willful malice.