I don’t really care if I get hate for this post, but after seeing all the pro American sniper crap and tweets from Americans about wanting to murder Arabs but I felt compelled to just throw out a few movies these “patriots” should probably read up on, or watch about their so called glorious military.
Oh also, I’m not American so this is a completely biased opinion and I’ve also served in the Australian military along with my Grandparents, Father, Brother and Cousins so I do know a bit about military life.
First off we have The invisible war:
The Invisible War is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film, a nominee for the 2013 Academy Awards, paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem: Today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.
The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 22,800 violent sex crimes in the military in 2011. Among all active-duty female soldiers, 20 percent are sexually assaulted. Female soldiers age 18 to 21 accounted for more than half of the victims.
Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of rape victims, The Invisible War exposes the systemic cover-up of military sex crimes, chronicling the women’s struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. It also features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm of conditions that exist for rape in the military, its long-hidden history, and what can be done to bring about much-needed change.
At the core of the film are interviews with the rape survivors themselves — people like Kori Cioca, who was beaten and raped by her supervisor in the U.S. Coast Guard; Ariana Klay, a Marine who served in Iraq before being raped by a senior officer and his friend, then threatened with death; and Trina McDonald who was drugged and raped repeatedly by military policemen on her remote Naval station in Adak, Alaska. And it isn’t just women; according to one study’s estimate, one percent of men in the military — nearly 20,000 — were sexually assaulted in 2009.
And while rape victims in the civilian world can turn to a police force and judicial system for help and justice, rape victims in the military must turn to their commanders — a move that is all too often met with foot-dragging at best, and reprisals at worst. To make matters worse, 33 percent of rape victims didn’t report the assault because the person they’d have to report it to was a friend of the rapist. And 25 percent didn’t report it because the person they’d have to report the rape to was the rapist himself.
Many rape victims find themselves forced to choose between speaking up and keeping their careers. Little wonder that only 8 percent of military sexual assault cases are prosecuted.
I need to reiterate this quote for a second time.
“Today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.”
Then we have The kill Team:
The Maywand District killings refers to the murder of at least three Afghan civilians perpetrated by a group of rogue U.S. Army soldiers in 2010, during the War in Afghanistan. The soldiers, who referred to themselves as the “Kill Team”, were members of the 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. They were based at FOB Ramrod at Maiwand, in the southern Kandahar Province of Afghanistan.
During the summer of 2010, the military charged five members of the platoon with murder of three Afghan civilians in Kandahar province and collecting their body parts as trophies. In addition, seven soldiers were charged with crimes such as hashish use, impeding an investigation, and attacking the whistleblower Specialist Justin Stoner.
In March 2011, U.S. Army Specialist Jeremy Morlock pleaded guilty to three counts of premeditated murder. He told the court that he had helped to kill unarmed native Afghans in faked combat situations. Under a plea deal, Morlock received 24 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge for murdering three Afghan civilians, in return for testimony against other soldiers. By March 2011, eleven of the twelve soldiers charged were convicted of crimes. In February 2011, the U.S. military dropped all charges against the twelfth soldier, declaring that they chose to do it in the “interest of justice” without further explanation.
- On January 15, 2010, in the village of La Mohammad Kalay, fifteen-year-old Gul Mudin was doing farm work for his father. He was unarmed and killed “by means of throwing a fragmentary grenade at him and shooting him with a rifle,” an action carried out by Spc. Jeremy Morlock and Pfc. Andrew Holmes under the direction of Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs. The boy was then stripped and the soldiers took photos with his body. Then the boy was left on the ground, stark naked.
- On February 22, using thermal imagery, the soldiers discovered Marach Agha curled in a ball by a roadside. Gibbs and Spc. Michael S. Wagnon allegedly shot him and placed a Kalashnikov next to the body to justify the killing. Morlock pleaded guilty for his death. The Army later said it believed Marach Agha to be deaf or mentally retarded. The soldiers allegedly kept part of his skull.
- On May 2, 2010, Mullah Adahdad was attacked with a grenade and fatally shot, allegedly by Gibbs, Morlock, and Spc. Adam Winfield. Three days after Adahdad was killed members of a Stryker platoon returned to his village. Tribal elders had complained to Army officers that the cleric had been unarmed and that the shooting was a setup. “This guy was shot because he took an aggressive action against coalition forces,” Lt. Stefan Moye, the platoon leader, explained to village residents in Qualaday. “We didn’t just [expletive] come over here and just shoot him randomly. And we don’t do that.” This conversation was recorded by embedded photojournalist Max Becherer.
So this is modern war and you have a military that trophy kills innocent civilians in grotesque and barbaric manners and rapes their own peers.
This is also just a few ‘recent’ events that are documented into movies.
I’m not anti military, nor do I have any disrespect to the honest men and women that do serve their countries in the way that’s intended but I do have something against these so called “patriots” that glorify everything about their military when you have shit like the above happening.