Side-Effect Of War - Trained Killers In Our Midst
atrocities reported by some American soldiers in the Iraq conflict . . . the gunning down of innocent families . . . the torturing
of prisoners . . . are products of war. It happened in Vietnam, Korea and
Europe. The difference is that reporters weren't there to witness such crimes, and if they
were, the stories somehow did not get pushed before the public eye with the rapidity of contemporary satellite feeds right
into your home television sets.
behavior should not be surprising. After all, we are taking kids right out of high school, sending them to boot camp where
their morale is broken and they emerge as trained killing machines. Some are given additional training in what is known as
the special forces, an elite group of soldiers trained in advanced arts of deadly tactical combat. These guys can use their
hands to kill with a single jab to the body of another person.
we train young boys to kill like that, and then send them into months of combat in a place like Iraq, where they are on the
front lines of war both day and night, only getting a chance to return to a relatively save place "behind the front lines"
for a beer and a night of rest before going out again, we should not be surprised at their behavior.
is even worse about the Iraq conflict
is that we are understaffed for the job at hand. Rather than institute a national draft to supply the number of troops needed,
political powers in the United States
are choosing to continue this war with the regular volunteer army and national guard, sending these people back for as many
as three tours of combat. The soldiers are tired, battle weary, and mentally affected by four years of intense street fighting
that never ends. There is no line of combat. There is no clear view of an enemy. Anybody on the street could be the enemy,
be it a man dressed in rags, a pregnant woman with children, or even the children. They are strapping bombs on themselves
and then detonating themselves when they get close to whatever target they choose.
comes reports of high suicide and attempted suicide rates among the troops. One report suggests that as many as 1,000 soldiers
attempt suicide every month, either during their combat tours or after returning home. There obviously is a severe impact
on the mental health of these people, and our veterans administration is neither prepared or financially equipped to deal
the impact of this war to affect the American culture for years after the fighting ends. As it was in Vietnam, many soldiers returned home mentally broken, addicted
to drugs, and angry because they were not given a hero's welcome when they arrived back in the states. Like Iraq, Vietnam
was an unpopular war, fought for the profits of big industry, fought too long, fought with no prospects of our winning, and
ending with American forces withdrawing in general defeat. The men that came home from that conflict were bitter. They did
not forget what was done to them. They still remember.
Iraq is different from Vietnam
in that the fighting is up close and personal. The war continues daily in the streets of the cities and on the desert roadways.
Fighting in Vietnam was mostly a jungle
warfare. There are similarities in that they are both forms of guerilla warfare. And we are training our troops to fight a
guerilla war, even though it appears to be getting us nowhere.
frightening concept here is that once the fighting stops, these trained killers are coming home. They are leaving home as
young boys, still green around the ears. They are going to come home as skilled fighting men, trained to strike at anyone
who makes a wrong move. And they can kill with swift precision using any instrument they can grab, be it a paring knife, a
stick, or their bare hands. While many of these men will eventually adjust to domestic life and go on to live productive lives,
many will return mentally scarred. They will be insane killers walking among us, either a danger to themselves or to the people
around them. How do we deal with them?
are headed for hard financial times. Between the out-sourcing of industrial jobs to countries where people will work cheap,
the dying American automobile industry, the climate changes that are affecting our economy, our crops and the cost of just
about everything, many of these young soldiers are already finding themselves in the streets, unemployed, and choosing crime
just to stay alive. They can either do this, or remain in the army and live a life of continual combat.
is another option. Our police departments would do well to hire as many of these guys as possible. It is best that they go
to work on the side of the law rather than turn to a life of crime.
what kind of criminals men with tactical military skills like this can become. Consider what will happen when our police confront
a group like that in the midst of a robbery of a store or perhaps a bank. The men trained in street combat are going to have
the clear advantage over even the armed police officers in situations like this.
a mentally deranged and trained killer going berserk in our society. Be it a domestic quarrel involving a wife and children,
or a guy with an assault rifle shooting up a public building, these men are going to be deadly killers for the rest of their
lives. If they can shoot up an entire family in an Iraqi home without a conscience, think what they might do when they return
to the states.
will be a gift from the Bush Administration. We will be remembering this Christian pack of psychopathic killers for many years