posted on Mar, 3 2010 @ 01:28 PM
Okay, first of all, those few soldiers in the video do NOT represent the United States Military. I am currently in the DEP for the USAF and have
family members who have served in every branch of the military, 2 of my cousins are in Iraq right now. The anti-military attitude on this thread is
very disturbing to me.
Yes, anybody who kills civilians should be punished. Anybody who commits a war crimes and creates senseless pain should be punished. I've talked with
my family about things like this, and both my cousins told me stories of how some of his fellow soldiers were completely kicked out of the military
for things far less severe than the video shows. For example, my oldest cousin told me that on his first tour a guy is his unit got kicked out for
stealing fruit from an Iraqi vendor. Another time, the driver of the Humvee got dishonorable discharge for handling a woman too roughly in a market
district. He didn't cause her any physical damage from what I am told but whoever was in charge of him had him sent home, no questions asked.
They don't just hand you a gun and fly you to Iraq to shoot stuff, there are months, in some cases years, of extensive military training. Like EVERY
group there are some bad seeds that slip in the cracks, sometimes it just can't be helped. The soldiers in this video are a complete disgrace to the
service and should be tried in court here in the U.S.
That being said, if you hate our military so much get the hell out of the country, honestly. You have more freedoms than any other country for a
reason. Without the US military we'd all be in concentration camps speaking Chinese.
You can't compare all military personnel to the monsters shown in these videos. That's like comparing all Americans to George Bush's cabinet, or to
Jeffrey Dahmer, etc. Generalizing like that is complete crap and I'm honestly shocked that it seems to be the norm here on ATS. Maybe as future
military personnel, I am in the very small minority, but I won't let you sit on your computer and bash our soldiers without defending them. They
sacrifice a lot for you believe it or not, show a bit of gratitude now and then.
PS: I'm Liberal