reply to post by Seitler
'Failure to adjust'....good grief!
I can only speak from what people have told me. I campaigned as much as I humanly could against the invasion of Iraq and when the soldiers started
coming into my business people thought I would be on my soap box. But hey - the army were posting recruitment posters round the town, 'Ever fancied
working in Cyprus?' the poster enticed - with a picture of the most beautiful beach behind a beautiful multi coloured windsurfing sail. This to
recruit kids who had barely left the town they lived in....let alone the country. Many of these kids were about 12 years of age when the attacks on
Twin Towers happened....they didn't even know who or what they were going to fight.
Apparently a lot of our people were deliberately trying to fail drug tests and that got them kicked out.
Anyway back to 'failure to adjust'. I was having coffee with a friend one day and a third person joined us who I'd never met before.....I'm
going to call him 'Steve' (for ease of writing). My own friend had to leave and I remained talking with Steve, He was about my age, an intelligent
and caring human being. I must have been there at the right time because we sat for several hours and he told me part of his story.
He had only ever wanted to join the army as a kid - at this time the UK forces hadn't been in conflict for years (apart from Falklands) and people
here used to say that 'if you joined the army you could get a good trade and see the world.' Well the first Gulf 'War' occurred and Steve was on
the front line. That war was the first I can remember that was televised....beautifully. He said 'you know you saw all those pictures....the
clinical war machine....it’s not like that.' (This discussion took place well before the current conflicts)
In the first Gulf War they told us about 'smart bombs' remember?....that could go round corners, find the right window and destroy its target...and
only its target. To prove it they showed us the same footage of the same bomb...going down the same chimney....for months....while implying these
were different attacks.
So as Steve is telling me about being on the front line he continued...’we are fed a load of propaganda ....they...the 'enemy' are fed just as
heavily on propaganda. So they met their 'enemy', and at this point in our conversation Steve started to weep. He said 'I've never seen people
so terrified in all my life. Do you know who our enemy was? They were hungry Turkish Kurds, dressed in underwear...carrying sticks.' Saddam had
brought them from his prisons.
Steve also fought in Kosovo where he found babies in skips....and served in Northern Ireland. The guy was also suffering from PTSD. He explained to
me that in people are NOT natural born killers. In WWI they found that only 2% of soldiers were shooting to kill. They were aiming high etc. 1% of
these soldiers were killing to protect themselves and their friends....another 1% shot to kill because they were psychopaths and enjoyed it.
The military resolved this problem by changing training...i.e. act first....think later. No conscious thinking required. He gave me an unusual
example of this training. He said 'If someone fires at you and the bullet ricochets behind you...the 'natural' human response is to face the
direction where it ricochets....the army train you to face the exact opposite direction ...i.e. the direction from where the bullet has been fired.
So we have a situation where 99% of the people in the military are not natural killers...and while they're still in the forces the routine and order
keeps their thoughts and feelings at bay. It’s when they leave that the real psychological trauma can kick in.....worse when they realise their
service has been used for financial gain....NOT protection of 'Queen and country.'....in the case of the UK...and 'freedom' for the US.
Below is a link to an award winning documentary by Adam Curtis it investigated politicians promises to protect us from nightmares, international
terrorism, the war on terror....the fantasy that this is. This is about how and why the fantasy was created. I've posted the first part which is an
hour long....there are another two episodes available.
Adam Curtis - The Power Of Nightmares