Re: US Soldiers in St. Louis Admit to Rape and Murder in Iraq

I drive a cab, a long time ago, I was a soldier.

While soldiers exaggerate, quite a bit, and especially to civilians, I don't think what frightened the guy was the exact comments so much as the attitude - in a country so whipped up by 'support the troops' rhetoric, these overgrown children have a bizarre sense of total entitlement, the high school jockboy mindset taken forward a thousandfold and burned in by the stress of combat.

I pity those boys, sure - but you think about what war turns them into... you want em coming back to YOUR town like that, hmmm ?

This is a big part of why returning veterans get the shaft so bad - a certain percentage of them wind up like these guys, and stigmatize all the rest.

The problem isn't even the soldiers themselves, the greater part of the blame rests with the command staff and negligence in oversight of these troops, because soldiers do what soldiers do, and it's the command staff's job to see how, where and when it is done, and how, when, and where it is NOT done.

As for the driver, it's a hard decision on whether or not to make someone get out of your cab, especially concerning political/social/religous trash-talk - as a professional you really do have to let a lot slide right off your back, the rule of thumb is that if you don't feel they are an immediate threat to your life, just bite your tongue and drop them off.

If you put every nasty, hateful person you run across out of your cab, you'd never make any money.

While due to it's nature one cannot assign direct first-hand credibility to this story, the attitudes expressed are not in doubt at all, spouted and repeated a thousand times over by hate-radio, Ann Clueless, and a hundred other people advocating and expressing such beliefs and opinions... I'd be truly, truly surprised if none of our Armed Services personnel also held those opinions, for such an outpouring of hate requires an audience in order to make profit, so obviously people do listen to it, eagerly.

That's what scares me, really.


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