posted on May, 12 2010 @ 07:07 PM
reply to post by Yissachar1
I certainly understand your plight, and as a fellow man with more combat experience than I "signed on for" I can relate to the social and
psychological aftermath of any armed conflict.
The problem lies in the fact that many of the same armed militants that have tried to kill both you and I have had family members or friends killed
without reason by our respective sides.
Maybe Israel is more up-front about their intentions, but the rhetoric used by the IDF's top tier and the Israeli government do nothing but fan the
Luckily I only spent about 3 operational months in Iraq, but I am not trying to justify either side's senseless killing of civilians. It just seems
that from my experience with the IDF, the idea of mass civilian casualties, assuming they are non-Israeli, is highly acceptable. I can tell you that I
have been involved in 5 court marshals between my time in-country in Iraq and the Stan. 4 of those were due to wrongful deaths involving
non-militants, one was for property theft and assault on civilians. Obviously, the problem was much more severe in Iraq, with 4 of those 5 CM's
coming from actions in that country. As an NCO, I can tell you that the unit I served in has 0-tolerance for cowboy bull#, and court marshalling
trigger happy idiots was never once frowned upon. As far as I could gather from my time with IDF units, that type of correctional and judicial action
from civilian deaths is virtually non-existent in the IDF's day to day operations.
I apologize for my immediate emotional response to the first post, it seems that seeing civilians being used as targets in that situation awoke some
old feelings from my combat duties.
This isn't a "me against you" thing, as I understand the feeling of helplessness that comes with trying to do your duty in the midst of pure
[edit on 12-5-2010 by Shark VA84]