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 Post subject: Training for cannon fodder....FPS?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 9:34 am 
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The American military is training its soldiers to become so inured to killing that it becomes easy.

'Over here, killing people is like squashing an ant. I mean, you kill somebody and it's like 'All right, let's go get some pizza'."

That's an American soldier, Private Steven Green, interviewed in Iraq in 2006.

Green's words sound shocking but they represent the reality of combat in places such as Iraq: good soldiers kill quickly and dispassionately. Even with modern, high-tech weapons, someone must still pull the trigger.

And that's not necessarily easy.



Since then, military trainers have developed various techniques to overcome the inherent human resistance to killing.

Most importantly, soldiers such as Private Green now train in realistic simulations of combat so that aiming, firing and seeing the target fall dead becomes a single, almost unconscious, conditioned response. The Rolling Stone journalist Evan Wright quotes Sergeant Brad Colbert on his first experience of combat. "It was just like training. I just loaded and fired my weapon from muscle memory. I wasn't even aware what my hands were doing."

The muscle memory that allows the soldier to kill without inhibition can be developed during live-fire exercises but increasingly the American military relies on computerised simulations, providing the trainee with a level of realism never before possible.

Such computerisation works so well in breaking down the resistance to killing that some officers suggest that even off-the-shelf combat games can help develop it.



Yet reality is not a video game, and killing a human being is not the same as squashing an ant.

Conditioned reflexes might allow soldiers to open fire without hesitation but they do not provide them with a framework for coming to terms with what they've done. The soldiers in Iraq who kill more efficiently than any previous generation are also returning home with extraordinary levels of psychiatric trauma. Already, about 50,000 Iraq veterans have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

As for Private Green, shortly after he talked about how little killing affected him, he was arrested for raping an Iraqi girl and murdering her and her family.

When you've finished playing America's Army, you can turn the program off and walk away. Real violence is different. The tragedy of Iraq encompasses more than those who have been killed. It extends to those who have done the killing: most often young men and women from ordinary backgrounds, who will often be haunted by war for the rest of their lives.


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It's so easy when you play remote control warfare. There's even a reward for a head shot.

Cognitive behaviour therapy is a form of reprogramming that brings problems (or solutions) to awareness. Seems all those years playing video games had a purpose after all as we have deadened our empathy response and emotions are killled by the well aimed use of speed and accuracy.

Read Sushil Yadav's post under Environment and see how speed has been used to deaden our emotions.

One thing we do believe in is our technology. Why, it even promises to fix our problems. But to turn people who have anti-social behaviour patterns anyway from sociopaths into psychopaths, involves this intensity of training. Our civilization breeds mental disorders but we have to stimulate them to get the best results. If you know what triggers to pull, you get the desired reaction- Blind obedience to authority.


And with the right provocation the mass can be stimulated to engage in a headlong quest for cultural superiority, by propagating the message of privilege as inherent right. Dehumanizing is so easy.

Thought becomes reflex under these conditions and stimuli. Most primitive for a culture claiming to be so advanced.

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You may disagree with me, but it's not just US soldiers who are dispassionate about killing. The American public seems to be, too. Listen to the politicians who are in the 2008 presidential race. McCain sings a song about bombing Iran that is set to an old Beach Boys tune, for example. Hate crimes have escalated rapidly in our country during the Bush regime. Television dramas are full of violence....

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American children watch an average of three to fours hours of television daily. Television can be a powerful influence in developing value systems and shaping behavior. Unfortunately, much of today's television programming is violent. Hundreds of studies of the effects of TV violence on children and teenagers have found that children may:

become "immune" or numb to the horror of violence
gradually accept violence as a way to solve problems
imitate the violence they observe on television; and
identify with certain characters, victims and/or victimizers


In essence, American children have already developed some sense of that "muscle memory" long before they can enlist in Bush's armies.

http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_ ... v_violence

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