posted on May, 21 2010 @ 08:38 PM
Originally posted by DONNYxMC
and thank you for not taking offense to my reply.
I have pretty thick skin. Although I have my hot buttons same as everyone, it would take more than that to offend me.
Folks tend to accept all the hype that comes their way, and don't stop to think. they don't 'think through' what it is you guys do, and have to
put up with, like crazy RoE's and such. I've known of folks to turn down that sort of work because it required travel in armored SUVs. The general
public thinks 'what's the problem? Armor is great, right?' and never even considers that you can't roll the (armored) windows down to lay down
fire and keep the opposition's heads down while you exit the kill zone, and that there are times when a single IED will turn your pretty SUV into a
really expensive microwave oven. An RPG7 can make a tiny quarter sized hole on the outside, and leave a helluva mess on the inside. Joe public never
stops to think about that, just assumes 'cause you tote a gun, you gotta be BAD.
I apologize, right here in front of God and everybody, for my use of the term 'merc'. It's not a bad term, but carries some terribly negative
connotations these days, mostly due to a lot of hysteria just such as we see here. It was an honorable term for millennia, and the only things
different now are public perceptions. I've found soldiers are soldiers wherever and 'whenever' you go, and all that changes is their perception in
the public mind. Most Christians don't ever even recognize that King David, one of their heroes, was a 'mercenary' for a number of years. Same goes
for Mohammed and his 'Companions' for the muslims. It ain't always a BAD thing.
My hat's off to you. I truly do appreciate what you guys do on the PSDs, and shudder to imagine how much more dangerous the world would be for the
Principals without you all. Not all of the Principals are knotheads. It's the luck of the draw.
Anyhow, my guess is that all this concern we have here is nothing more than more folks noticing the mobilizations for 'Summer Camps' (which happen
every year), together with some ramped up FTXs and possibly a bit of 'pre-positioning' to cover bases in case the Gulf of Mexico situation develops
into something requiring more 'supervision'. It's by no means a foregone conclusion that that will occur, but some folks already have the major
highway arteries clogged in their own minds, and that sort of hysteria, combined with a lot of other 'notions' floating around here, could make a
bad situation infinitely worse, as in 'Chinese Fire Drill' worse.
[edit on 2010/5/21 by nenothtu]