burningame wrote:But can you really blame them, and be so harsh? They were brainwashed just like the rest of us, brought up on a diet of good guys/bad guys black/white simplistic crap, from cowboy movies on up, and probably didn't realise the full impact of what they were really into until it him them - literally. Remember when we believed the news? Remember when we believed that man actually DID go to the moon? I think your viewpoint assumes these guys had fully developed moral and ethical guidelines - at age 20 or whatever.
From my isolated little perch, I agree with your sentiments. But I just think it's a little like kicking a dog for pissing on a tree.
Allow me a short & hopefully discerning kind of thought here:
Yes, young people enlisting in the military today are brainwashed individuals. All of them, however, have access to wider knowledge with a few clicks on a computer keyboard. Yet, they'll be 'kicked' by their superiors if they dare disobey.
Dogs, on the other hand, have no
access to wider knowledge with a few clicks on a keyboard. They'll keep pissing on trees - harmlessly. If some stupid human being tries to kick their (natural) habit, the dog will bite back - and with good reasons.
Therefore, I submit that the analogy Burningame proposed is flawed :
- Military people do not (harmlessly) piss on trees. They kill innocent people - and believe that it's ok to do so.
- Dogs do piss on trees - and believe it's ok. They cannot be blamed for their natural (and harmless) instincts.
Thus, to equiparate the actions of military people to that of dogs pissing on trees is a bit of a stretch.