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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 11:48 PM
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30. What the military has done to our soldiers is nothing less than a crime against humanity
A little history:

A problem had vexed our military for long time, up through WWI, and that was the massive expenditure of ammunition. Throughout our history there has been a tremendous number of rounds fired per enemy killed on the field. Our soldiers would fire high, fire low, and back during the Civil War and before, simply continue to load their rifles and never fire them at all during battle.

After noting this problem, after WWI the military undertook to find out the reason why there was this seemingly reluctance to kill. They employed some of the best psychological minds of the time, and what they found in the end is that people, virtually every single one of us has a deep seated, inbred reluctance to kill our fellow human being, even in self defense. This has been confirmed time and again since then, any now many owe it to an evolutionary trait that has allowed mankind to survive and thrive.

Well, the military could have none of this, so they set about to design a way of breaking a soldier down mentally, and then rebuild him in a lean, mean, killing machine. What they came up with is a program that is, in many ways, similar to what initiates into cults go through, but the military calls it basic training. Through abuse, affection, rewards, punishment, sleep deprivation and hard physical labor, they break down a soldiers psyche in order to remove that one trait, our inbred reluctance to kill.

Basic training is very effective, they've got the ammo expended to number of kills stats to prove it. But it has taken a horrible toll on our soldiers, wrecking numerous lives and causing countless damage. This is simply another high price we pay in order to continue to feed the military industrial complex. If they can't have our soldiers' lives on their altar of blood and profit, they will insure that they get their soul.
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