I’ve never been a soldier, never been in a wartime environment. I couldn’t begin to imagine what it does to you psychologically, what is required of you in order to survive (on any side of it). Nor am I in a position to know all the details and backstory here.
But the things we see these men do, and their apparent attitude about doing it… I just can’t comprehend it, and can’t imagine ever being convinced that what we see here is sane, or justifiable, or anything but monstrous. Just on a basic human level this video is monstrous, and incomprehensible to me.
And yet I feel like I/we need to understand it, so I’m reading/seeking out as many perspectives as I can on this whole thing.
How much of that monstrosity we see here is about these individual soldiers? How much is about the U.S. military as an institution? How much is just about the inherent monstrosity of war, and what it drives human beings to become?
I’d love any perspective you have on the whole thing, and links, especially from people who have been there. Here’s some of what I’ve been reading so far, I’ll be adding links as I find them.