This week an American soldier who had served 3 tours of duty shot and killed 5 comrades in Iraq. One blog asks, ‘What made him snap?’
A humble opinion from a civilian, who remembers the Vietnam War draft, and does not think the ‘Volunteer Army’ makes everything OK.
I’m a pacifist because I think war is dumb. But I think we all owe our country service, loyalty, and active citizenship. Otherwise we will not prevail.
Maybe this man ‘snapped’ because he felt like a human commodity in a political game. Or maybe he was sick, in pain, and no one on the scene had the power to take him out of the despair he felt. Or maybe he was suffering from mental illness and guns were abundant.
Don’t forget that five soldiers who were doing their jobs were murdered without warning. None of them were expendable, they will leave a painful gap in their families, in all they would have been.
It’s very good social policy to take care of veterans. If we treat people like cogs in a machine, who will want to join the ‘volunteer army’? I think that any move towards war by our great democracy should require sacrifice by all. This notion that some of us should be drafted into multiple tours of duty, while the rest of us go shopping is deeply Un-American.
We will be paying for this war for many years.