reply to post by Tifozi
I thank you for your service, and for your intelligent posts, that do not put out a blanket statement condemning all military personell..
I am a combat vet. I was a U.S. Cavalry Scout. I served with several elite units, 101 air assault, 82nd airborne, 2nd btn. 75th rangers.
one of my jobs was to locate, and identify enemy troops and equipment. then to communicate my findings. most of the time I was NOT to engage. But as
in life in general, sometimes things don't go as planned.
I however was fortunate in the fact that in both cases that I was deployed, I was fighting against uniformed regulated militaries. I.E. not
insurgents,or guerilla fighters.. I could easily distinguish between "the enemy" and civilians.
Yet still there were "civilian" casualties. (fortunately not caused by myself nor anyone in my troop) as well as "friendly fire" casualties.
I am not trying to excuse theese incidents, nor be indifferant to them. At the time I was horrified to learn about the civilian deaths, I could not
comprehend how it could happen. But alas, the military is made up of individual humans, who are capable of making mistakes, as well as just being
callous, or plain evil.
With that being said, I still believe that the majority of soldiers are good people. But just like in the "real world" the "bad apples" and the
"squeaky wheels" get the majority of the media attention.
Again, this is not meant to excuse civilian casualties, But it is very difficult for a person to live in fear of dying 24/7 and still function 100%
rationally. without screwing up.
(getting too long, so will shut up now.. LOL)