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"I knew I wanted to be a sniper my whole life." [Mar. 23rd, 2007|12:27 am]
Benjamin M S/W a.k.a. <BalsaaTheMagicalGuruGuy>
This is about a Facebook advertisement, because it is SCARY. It is a video about someone who serves in the U.S. Army. One of his most striking quotes is, "I knew I wanted to be a sniper my whole life."

Let that sink in for a moment. Yes, um, I knew I wanted to shoot targets with pinpoint accuracy with a gun that can shoot like a mile since I was out of diapers.

I mean, maybe the REASON he wanted to be a sniper was to protect the troops, not because the idea fascinated him. But if the idea DID fascinate him... I mean... that sounds like kind of a serious mental condition, doesn't it? The idea of, oh man, I'm going to go somewhere and hide places and shoot people?

If you watched the video, did you notice how he said something about how he shoots at a "target" - not at a human being.

Remember kids, "In the U.S.Army you can do anything"-!

DISCLAIMER: Yes, I have also heard someone's personal story about a disturbed soldier, and read about a disturbed soldier today in Fiction workshop. And whenever I watch Frankie play videogames, it's usually something like Ghost Recon where sniper-ing is a big part of it. But I think the main effect this is having on me now is questioning what this guy's motivation.

From: lucystag
2007-03-23 05:15 am (UTC)
Obviously there are serious problems with all manners of warfare, but snipers are even more dishonorable. I mean, as idiotic as it was, I feel like if there's going to be war at all, let's step back to all marching exactly towards the enemy in a field style (as we learned from "The Patriot", Mel Gibson, that asshole, invented guerilla warfare.) So any assholes shooting eachother signed up for it (no more draft and all.) It's like consenting to a nice death cage match.

But seriously, yes that is scary. I mean, the other okay snipers might be SWAT teamish people for hostage situations.

If you learn about the siege of Sarajevo, it's just sick, especially the sniper aspect. People sat around and picked off citizens running down streets, trying to go scrouge food. That's low on the moral food chain.
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[User Picture]From: uncreativeman
2007-03-23 05:46 am (UTC)
There is a big difference between killing civilians and killing other soldiers. Well, maybe not big, as both are human beings, but significant in that a soldier is the designated representative for killing.

When it comes down to it, all war is dishonorable. If more people viewed war in that light, maybe fewer would be so eager for fighting.
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