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By Wayne Northey
The week before Christmas south of the border has been designated “Thank a Soldier Week”. It may be dubbed as accurately “Thank a Trained Killer Week”.1 [American soldiers are not “evil”. All kinds of social, economic, and political pressures, not least ethically dubious recruitment methods, propel thousands to sign up. They become killers not because they started that way, but because they are so shaped by the military. See below.] Retired Lt. Col. David Grossman indicates that no institution in America pays more attention to brutalization and desensitization of its recruits than the modern U.S. military: “This brutalization is designed to break down your existing mores and norms and to accept a new set of values that embrace destruction, violence, and death as a way of life. In the end, you are desensitized to violence and accept it as a normal and essential survival skill in your brutal new world (Grossman, no date)”2 [See also his website on “killology”, here].
Please click on: Thank A Trained Killer Week, Dec 19 – 25, 2005