"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury." Attributed to Alexander Tytler
Then he must be justified!"My mind was consumed by war," Bales wrote late last year.
Chris Kyle is being presented everywhere as a hero including the notorious movie, Robert Bales is being presented as a psycho. Great success.
Awww poor baby, it's almost like he was the one being murdered - my reaction to thread title and article. He doesn't seem to understand the people he killed don't get to appeal their fate
should've been screened out long before his 4th tour. Then again, should operations should never have continued there long enough to allow for 4 freaking tours
One of my CCW instructors ate his way out of the torment he felt by gaining 200 pounds. His body count is 61 with his service weapon and countless with his bombing raids. It is the one-on-ones that haunt him most. He says he can remember each of them. The pop-pop-pop, the smell of gunpowder, the blaze of the muzzle...everything switching to slow motion as if it were a movie reel...the recoil...the blood...the life preparing to leave his enemy...and, finally, the 'off switch' being set.
Tom has told me sketchy details of his best buddy's Vietnam Nam tour. A marine, he was constant point man on missions -- because he trusted no one else for the job. He was a ruthless killing machine after a while. No details here. He fought not so much for his country as he fought for the men at his side. He is a changed man, needless to say. Never married or had kids. But a very nice man to the peaceful world. He, though, doesn't think so.
We are hard wired to find killing each other abhorrent. Anyone who thinks they can kill another human being and simply chalk it up to "It was either him or me," has watched too many cop shows.
As to "what price Democracy," my answer would still be "Whatever it takes."
Thank you, Quazi!