Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf
Why is it always US soldiers who commit such terrible crimes? I can never remember a British soldier doing something like this in Afghanistan.
Either British soldiers are better able to mentally cope with fighting in a war than American soldiers are and so are less prone to flipping, or the British Army is better at teaching its soldiers what is right and what is wrong when fighting a war.
the input from Praxius describes the culture of violence that exists in the US very well. It extends into this kind of arrogant slaughter in other nations because they believe they are exempt from the laws ....or will be protected "because they are the exceptional americans" in their own minds.
Yes, UK soldiers are a whole lot better mannered , and more disciplined when it comes to the ethics in the situation. It is a true rareity that any Brit goes off half cocked the way the american does.
they still keep repeating that this is but one incident and not reflective of the US military culture and the US culture as a whole. That is how they keep excusing this conduct even though it keeps repeating itself . An image that says it all is that video of US troops drinking beer and laughing about slaughtering a whole family and raping an under age girl.
And that is only ONE such image. They are adding up and only those that defend such crimes would excuse these acts .
The culture of violence is the NORM in the US now.........and is spilling over into other areas ...... ANyone that denies that , has a problem with reality.
It is totally tragic.
Quote: Originally Posted by earth_as_one
In any war, some soldiers are going to do bad things, even British ones.
British Military in Iraq: A Shocking Legacy. | Dissident Voice (external - login to view)
No country is immune, not even Canada. That's why the highest levels must set an example for the lower ranks. Discipline must be strictly enforced (Brits have a good reputation for discipline). Any transgressions must resolved quickly and justly. No country can fight a large scale war without at least a few soldiers pushing the boundaries or crossing lines that should not be crossed. That is expected. Soldiers who gun down women and children for sport and then pissing on their corpses should get more than a slap on the wrist.
Yes, it might happen..........but that does NOT MAKE IT ACCEPTABLE CONDUCT. If they are allowed to get away with such barbaric conduct.......it will only get MORE BARBARIC as they will become desensitized to the horror of their own conduct .....