rkolter wrote:If we didn't give a damn about civilians, I assure you that we could get just about whomever we wanted.
That we do (or at least, that the american people do) is at least worth one point of good credit.
It's not that America doesn't give a damn about civilians; but moreso the fact that America doesn't care as much about civilian deathes as they do the deathes of their soldiers.
"The death of one is a tragedy. The death of a million is a statistic."
America has a sort of ego that allows them to mourn the death of a single jet pilot downed on a mission while giving no second thought to the innocent people he just "accidently" bombed. If another country attacked America in a state of war the same way America wages war with an unprecedant lack of value of human life there would be a huge outcry of unfairness and war atrocity from the American people.
But if it's a civilian from some third world country? The American people would collectively sigh and say "Poor bastard" before shrugging it off and returning to their greaseball burgers.
The sad truth is Americans don't place the same value on human life as they do on their own people. To be fair, the same can be said for any other first world nation.
I mean, when the Twin Towers fell I was more concerned about the building falling than the people trapped inside.
I suppose it's just part of our human nature not to give a shit about others.