reply to post by Vitchilo
What messes you up is actually killing someone.
It doesn't matter if it's a young kid, an adult, a old man... A human is a human, and sniper have very deep emotional problems about the
Most are able to shut that off, and they trace people in training to see if you can handle it, but since snipers use stealth, you usually attack
people when they are not even expecting to be attacked, so you are killing people while they are on their daily routine, or in their guarding post
just smoking a cigarette.
It's that part that gets you. While being a sniper, you are not being directly threaten by the person you kill. You don't have that urgency to kill
that a normal soldier has during a battle. Believe me, you have a lot of time to be "tickled" by your moral compass.
reply to post by sapien82
People aren't glorifying death and killing. Are you forgetting that this was during WWII? A larger threat was upon everyone, the whole world, and
some countries weren't lucky enough to stay out of it.
IMO, I don't think he really killed 700 soldiers.
But, even if he killed around 400 or 500, BY HIMSELF, that sends a huge message to the invading army.
"One of OUR guys killed 500 of YOUR guys. Wait until you face our whole army.".
People in this thread aren't praising for death and killing. This is just a story about bravery and immense talent. On any other given moment, his
talent would be judged like he was a monster. But on that circumstances, he was/is a hero.
Snipers don't do relevant work. That's not why snipers exist. The number of kills made by snipers isn't that relevant. It doesn't even affect the
enemy very much. And even if snipers take out equipment, that doesn't affect the enemy very much either.
But what it actually does, is something beyond "magic" when in a war.
A single sniper can demoralize a whole army, or even a whole country, and do the opposite for the army from where he comes from.
In a normal war, in a battle there would be like 30,000 casualties on both sides, and one of them would win, possibly the "wrong" one.
While this guy, kills "only" 700 soldiers, and can make the soviets terrified of even putting their heads out to pee, and it could even lead to the
decision of stopping the invasion. Battles were stopped by snipers.
So, while 700 is a lot on this man conscience... It's not a very high price to pay for peace as a whole country.