posted on Jul, 2 2019 @ 12:46 AM
a reply to: Vroomfondel
Yes, true it was a cheap shot I took on Call of Duty.
Buried in the cheap shot there is truth. Call of Duty and games like it are intended to dehumanize the enemy and instill the mentality to kill
quickly without much thought. I took to that conditioning in the military knowing full well what I was being conditioned to do. And I embraced it at
the time because there was war and it is survival.
What stayed with me a very long time was the WM (female Marine) we gave CPR to who was crushed and killed by the truck she was driving when it
overturned. That was just during training on base in our "safe space". That was something none of us were conditioned for and we did what was
hopeless because we felt helpless. My friend stomped a Somali kid to the ground while on patrol, that affected him for a while. Another had constant
nightmares about the surrendering Iraqi he killed with a 50cal as the guy opened the hatch and stuck a white flag out.
On the ground, it's personal, you see the aftermath of every decision you make. I am very uncomfortable with anyone thanking me for my service as are
many of those that served.
I appreciate the sentiment, but I made decisons I'm proud of and some I'm not, I'm better than some and worse than others and share in common with
them that we all did things most of civilized society would not.
Yes, there is time for war. It sure as heck better be justified and all other options tried as hard as they can before that call comes in.
We have been in a state of war for a long time now but it has not hit home. If our government keeps going down this path, it will hit home eventually
and I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
Speaking nothing of capability, they are voicing their intent. Same thing as I have stated previously that they will do if we attack them.