French operation ” Sangaris ” in CAF.
Those soldiers are from the Groupement Commando Parachutiste, probably 1st RHP or 3eme / 8eme RPIMa.
"My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes that have gone before…"
Respect, Duty, Loyalty Honour
Sometimes I pity soldiers, but then I really do not. Fuck the US military.
Wow, okay. We should just put you on the line so you can fight for your own damn life, then.
So, this is going to be long-winded, falasteeniyeh, and I invite you to read my entire message before responding. You probably won’t agree with the majority of what I’m saying and you probably won’t understand the entire message unless you can un-link yourself from your cultural position and look at the entire picture.
1) The current warfare taking place around the world from Africa, through the Middle East to the Philippines, I believe, begins with hate.
For a normal man, an average man, to shed another man’s blood in violence must be born from strong emotions. This emotion begins with resentment and develops into hate.
It appears that you resent Israel. As an outsider looking in, I can understand why the situation and emotions surrounding Israel is the way it is. An entire nation of outsiders was suddenly and forcefully created through the strong arm of the West. I can understand why it’s upsetting. Cultures clash, angry words become pushing, pushing becomes punching, and then weapons… knives, guns, bombs. Bodies stack, graves are dug, years pass and nothing changes except the amount of hate. The hate grows and becomes larger.
2) With that being said, you must realize that the hate you keep and maintain only intensifies and spreads. Warfare, violence… it is all cyclical. The cycle will not be broken until people shelf their resentment, hate and pain. The anger you have is fuel to the fire, it is the dirt that grows the seeds of the things you hate! It is the foundation that assists in the construction of war.
3) My combat reaction when I was attacked (multiple times) was laughter. It was very funny to me that there was a man less than 100 meters away who did not know me. He did not know my character, my story, my dreams, wishes or intents. He did not know my job or my plans. He did, however, want to end my life, to erase my history from the earth and to end everything that he thought I stood for.
4) To answer your question of
“How can anyone be in the US military and not be racist?”
While I was deployed there were a few soldiers who were islamophobic. I tried best to educate them on point #3. They viewed it as “We versus Them,” which is probably the same position you have.
I doubt that you like all of your neighbors, peers and co-workers. This is because everyone has different personalities. The US Army, America, the Middle East, or whatever group, organisation or country all have the same problem… they are all a conglomerate of personalities.
There are evil men in America.
There are evil men in the Middle East.
Evil exists everywhere and it is up to good men to stand up to it. I believe that’s what you are trying to do, stand up to evil. However, I think you are generalizing evil as much as someone with islamophobia would generalize a person of middle eastern decent.
To see change in the world, to see the evil of war disappear, you must alter your emotions for the better. For good.