Quote: Originally Posted by karrie
Well, while part of me wants to agree with you due to the fact that I know so many wonderful soldiers, both presently serving and retired, I also suspect that there are bound to be more men like this in the army, police forces, etc., than there are in the general public. Just like pedophiles tend to be drawn to positions of authority, men like this are too.
While the whole organization can not be painted with the brush that defines this monster, I hope it does make them aware of the risk that he is not as isolated an incident as we may wish he were, because of the uniform, and the power it carries.
I would tend to disagree with this analysis because it is very stereotypical. Statistically I am willing to bet the the military per capita has a far lower rate then general society.
He is an isolated incident in that he is very likely a sociopath who just happened to choose this career path and could have easily been an investment banker, a politician or a factory worker. Those who have military friends still feel somewhat like outsiders because of the general comradiery found both in families and comrades.
This does not mean they are really any different and this Colonel is a shining example as to how a predator can melt into a community undetected. My original post came as an opposite reaction to some media clips I saw from the folks in Belleville.
One person said. "They're supposed to protect us."
Another proclaimed. "How did they allow this man to get where he was."
That reaction is one based on ignorance of the military community. While some might think the military made Colonel into a killer or at least gave him a hiding place while he developed his taste for murder. This reaction is simply visceral and based in ignorance.
Another point about him, and I'm sure Juan will back me up on this, is that he was a career air force man. A pilot and an administrator that, while trained in regard to combat, was unlikely to see any action that might turn him mean. Knowing who he is and his poition I would say that the single Afghan medal on his chest came from serving at camp mirage in Dubai.
Considering that the military is presently prosecuting one of its own for the dispatching of a mortally wounded Taliban on the battle field I hardly think they are playing a shell game with pedophiles, violent offenders or even serial killers.
Final thought. A military base is a community just like 100 Mile House or Brantford Ontario. In these communities there are people who exhibit faults and misdeeds, but by and large the majority are descent people. The uniform does not make the individuals in these communities any different than you or I, unfortunately it becomes a focal point when something like this does happen.
To the credit of the media I am pleased so far with their tempered response, but if the body count rises I worry that someone with an axe to grind may try and exploit it for the sake of politics or a scoop.