How many more examples are necessary before Americans will relinquish their childish belief that every man or woman who dons a U.S. military uniform is a 'hero' out defending our freedom? There are many, many instances out there of U.S. armed forces members brutalizing foreign civilians under occupation, brutalizing American citizens when they come home and become law enforcement personnel, brutalizing themselves or their loved ones because they can't cope with the stress, and now brutalizing for hire by Mexican drug cartels.
I have said this many times and will continue to say it: Modern military service is degrading to the human spirit. In order to become efficient killing machines, recruits must first be stripped of moral and cultural inhibitions against violence and murder. Why are people surprised when these thus-morally-corrupted individuals perpetrate atrocities, be it here or anywhere else on the globe? Why do parents still glow with pride when they send their sons and daughters off to be part of the slaughter? Why are even Christian parents not immune to this insanity?
We still keep sending them, and innocents still keep paying the price.