This has been talked about largely in military circles about collateral damage and the use of snipers. But is this really about the victims of stray shots and the indiscriminate nature of explosives?
Inherent in war is the very real eventuality of innocent deaths. Also inherent is the racist comments by veterans staring death in the eyes. In a moment where it is kill or be killed. Who here has been presented with the ultimatum of this kind?
So what this may boil down to is a snap judgement on the fly. Whether to shoot or potentially be shot. You have teens and 20s giving themselves up for slaughter in many cases and when they do react, even in firefights, there is the very real risk of hurting the innocent.
And remember, fighting personnel are guns and boots on the ground or personnel in Base Towers directing air traffic in sorties, whose aim is incapacitating enemy strong holds. The terrorists combatants become entrenched in the local communities as cover, is mainly glossed over. Risk losing someone because a dangerous criminal is cohabiting with innocent people or just walk away to fight another day?
I am a veteran but I was a Weather Forecaster and Observer. The closest I got to a gun battle was my Atari or Nintendo. In the long run my work could have implications on whether a battle is to ensue or sorties will fly.
Almost invariably fighting and support personnel do not want to die. We do not want to lose our lives needlessly or take the life of an innocent. To assume that is criminally-minded and speaks to me of hating the military because you do not like war. Memo: Veterans do not like war either. Service members are the one’s with their butts on the line, not the DOD and not the Pentagon.
During the Vietnam War Era, there was a song called, “Billy Don’t be a hero, don’t be a fool with your life”. When in the song, his young girlfriend got the letter, she just through it away. Before anyone thinks they know what this is about, join the military and go through the stress of service life. Not just in war either but in the sense of a kid who fights loyally and from time to time is involved in something potentially wrong.
There are so many innocents in wars and this includes mainly young people with swords, knives and guns. Talk to a parent who suffered this greatest tragedy or the politicians who engage our troops. Talk to the Asian/Muslim who were in the way, while cowards behead innocent lives for effect.