Sunday, February 3, 2008

Soldiers rampage, injure five.

... to be responsible with the power it's trusted with.

Here's a little story about a gang of 20 UK soldiers on a "rampage" in Cyprus. Five people were injured and a lots of property was damaged.
It's not very difficult to find US equivalents.

I'm not saying that the military cannot be trusted, considering the large amount of abusable weapons they have access to, soldiers can indeed be considered safer than civillians.
It's the idiots with a "holier than thou" attitude that I have a problem with. Just because somebody wears a uniform, swears an oath and stays on a government payroll, doesn't pu him above human behavior.

Their are honest, hardworking civillians who are perfectly able to control themselves. There are also criminals, idiots, and morons with a short fuse. The people are a minority present in all layers of society and in all occupations, including police and military.


theotherryan said...

First I think it has been proven that atleast for U.S. soldiers the are involved in violent crime (and I'd bet crime in general)at a much lower rate then their civilian peers. That being said men 18-28 are the biggest single group in terms of committing crimes.

Like all groups some offenses are going to occur and these individuals should be punished according to the law. Just don't paint organizations of hundreds of thousands or even millions of people (who do the right thing) with the same brush as the ones who screwed up.

Michael Hawkins said...

I said exactly that!

All things considered, the military is far more disciplined than the general population (who'd a thunk that?)