Originally Posted by maine_coon
They kill to cover their asses all right. ANd this is the best thing to do if you are at war.
If they don't, they will be killed by their enemies who want to cover their own asses.
Digmenow, are you really that much out of touch? It is fucking straightforward, no?
This is a problem when the enemy looks and dresses like the general population. It is truly a "Kill'em all and let God sort'em out." situation and I understand that. I don't have to like it. That's why the military is made up of mainly of 18 to 20 somethings instead of people like me. I'd be too old, fat and tired to do what these people are being asked to do daily. My qualms of today would likely get me and others around me killed whereas the 18 year old version of me would be right there, shooting anything that looked threatening...if that's what the people I worked with and I were allowed to do.
We are there and that's a reality. Men and women on the ground with "massive firearms" and little life experience live day and night with the threat of sudden and horrible death hanging over their heads. They will react as most people in peer groups will. They will do as the others. If random violence and death is the simplest and most effective method of staying alive and there is no one to say differently, then those tactics will become standard operating procedure.
We come full circle back to Mr. Bot. There has to be an accountability or our highly trained, well equipped military will devolve into the largest, most powerful terrorist organization the world has ever seen.
How long before officially sanctioned reprisal killings become a tool to keep the locals in line?
I have read of instances where the U.S. Military is providing security, infrastructure and governance in entire regions in Iraq. We actively work with the local population and our presence is actually seen as a help in these areas. There are lessons to be learned thoughout this entire 'event', regardless of if or when we leave. If we take the wrong lessons out of it, we will be even less able to perform in the inevitable next 'event'.