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

My son just returned from Iraq. He is a Marine Lt..Since his return he is quieter and has not talked of the war. He has shown a few picures of "lucky" days when he escaped death. He is now seeing a counselor for some of what he saw and did. I know he killed to people in a firefight,but they were shooting at him.
When my son married six weeks ago, he had a full military wedding. The young men,who came to the reception, seemed more interested in celebrating being alive..than boasting of what tough killers they were.
I am a Viet Nam vet..a former Naval aviator. In those days I met many young men who were boastful. I have found that the bigger the boast the less anyone really did or saw in a war. "War is hell" and those who know it's inhumanity with to put it behind them.
Real Special Forces fighers are not braggers even when drinking. Real Special Forces are professionals. Yes, and some of it is professional killers.
Our friend driving the cab was more than likely hauling truck drivers,mechanics,or cooks who only knew the Hollywood version of warfare. "REMF" and they were prejudice against a Muslim driving their cab. So,they put on a show. Pick them up 6 months from now and they will be telling the same bragging stories of what they have done in neighborhoods in St Louis.
"Hell is other people". Unfortunately,being in any service business gives you a special glimpse of hell everyday. Our driver saw the hell these young men grew up in and continue to live in.

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Source: "Glances at History" (suppressed)

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