posted on Dec, 26 2008 @ 05:51 PM
This is an extremly interesting thread, and I take the OP's point fully.
What I find intruiging is the people saying 'Soldiers won't fight against their own people, because of their morals/personal judgement/whatever.'.
These are the same people that agree that solideris are trained to follow orders.
Anyone notice the problem?
If we believe that soldiers follow orders, then we must believe that they would follow their superiors orders and turn on their fellow countrymen.
If we beleive that soldiers have a moral or otherwise stance that means they wouldn;t follow orders they judge to be 'illegal' or against their
personal code, then, of course these brave men and women wouldn;t fire upon their fellow citizens.
The problem is that, if soldiers just picked and chose what orders they followed based on morals or sense of justice or what they view as right or
legal, then they'd be pretty ineffective soldiers.
Therefore, I can fully imagine soldiers turning on their brothers and sisters, because thats what they are trained to do, to follow orders. Yes,
we've heard from people saying they know soldiers that say they wouldn;t, but they don;t speak for them all, for every soldier who will fully follow
his duties when in foreign countries, but then flips on his 'moral center' when dealing with his own countrymen, there are many others saying 'Yes
Sir, No Sir, Three bags full Sir' and will happily comply and blow them away whislt on their way to control the rest of the populace.
Prehaps a cynical, but entirely possible idea...
EDIT: Just wanted to point out that this is not meant to offend, simply an idea, and not one I throw myself behind. I also did not intend to make any
such sweeping statements as 'soliders have no moral compass' or anything like that, merely that it can be observed that they will follow orders,
that could prehaps be of lower moral standards, and yet apparnelty they would hold themseleves to higher ideals at home. Ahain, apolgises, I didn;t
mean to offend...
[edit on 26-12-2008 by Vector J]