There is a unique trial being played out in America these days involving a decorated navy seal that probably became unhinged at some time and he most likely crossed over from skilled soldier to something more akin to a killer who abused his power. This is the same construct I have had with my veteran's affairs psychiatrist friends when we discuss the use of empathogens for PTSD. Usually, I say, "wouldn't it be an interesting world if we didn't have to teach people how to be really good at killing another and then think they will be normal when they enter regular society?"
The idea of peace is a slippery slope as every group has a different view of what life is about in their ideology and construct. Take, for example, what is happening with technology and AI in China at the street level today. The Tech to me is exciting. The effect on controlling a mass of human beings to conform into one size box – has potential implications that are frightening. Pandora's box was opened a long time ago by many nation-states concerning condemning the idea of what is possible, yet, inside the secret labs – the research was most likely done.
This is why the trial of navy seal Gallagher is troubling to me. No one is questioning that the man is a highly talented and skilled operator. The question is, "what happens when the mind crosses over the line into the place where doing a job is more akin to a psychologically twisted video game of sorts – the problem is that the actions are not a game, they are very real.
In the news you see the issues of people not wanting to cross over and talk about another, others taking the blame for things they didn't do, and a few blatantly saying, 'they guy crossed over the line and was simply wrong."
As for everyone outside of the people that were there and god, I doubt few really know the truth. I can prove how easy it is for several people to see the same thing yet walk away with three different perspectives on it. Each would be considered right, yet, at the same time, each is 2/3rds wrong.
When you travel all over the planet and get off the beaten path and work and/or live with the locals. You will gain a very different perspective than I think most soldiers get, as they are shipped into bases where a semblance of home is brought to wherever they are on the planet. I remember making friends with marine guards when I was chewing tobacco, as you could find it at the commissary all over the world. Who knew?
What I had to learn about outside of the country was that each country has its own laws, sets of rules, political, religious, ideological, military, and monetary way of life. Rarely was it like anything we learned about in the united states? It is also why I get sad when I see how different the news and media is inside the united states and how the people are really unaware of life outside of the borders. What confounds me is I don't think the leaders of the world really have much of a clue what their counterpart is really like.
With the united states, a little humility could go a long way. I would be more of the philosophy at this stage in my life to "whisper and carry a big stick" instead of the hype, pride, ego and other faux realities that easily make one think they are better than they actually are. For that example, I had to google USA woman's soccer and ego. What came up was an article of a foreign coach blasting the USA men's soccer in that, "they just aren't as good as they think they are" concerning the most popular sport on the planet
It was on the road overseas where there were so many choices one had to make that were in vague and nebulous waters, as the high priced consultants acted more like engineers. The standard type that tells you what you needed to do, yet, they would never put their name on the solution or plan, much less know how to do the work. It was great for solving only their one tiny slice of the overall pizza pie from one perspective. Perhaps that is why I really get along well with people that can think, design, and build. There is a lot that goes on between the steps in the process.
That same thinking is what makes a great special forces operator, of which warfare sans cold war has taken a very different strategy and trajectory with how it is planned and fought. In the coming 25 years, it will be even more bizarre and scary. I would not say frightful from the standpoint of bullets and bombs, but rather, the weapons of the future will not really hurt the physical body, but rather, be things that erode human senses and the ability to think, see, and ask questions.
What bothers my heart in the case being played out in the media is that no one is perfect. We all have flaws and will make mistakes. The effects of some errors can be truly horrific. If you follow the trail of reality with the current state of warfare and you have leaders throwing lots of money and people at a problem without an obvious solution – you will end up with many sticky situations. With the current state of global contractors and shadow wars, I can only imagine how creepy that reality is. All to keep the people back home in a lifestyle their leaders tell them is right.
I had a Russian priest friend who travels the world, and I think we are on the same page. He always asks, "if someone was invading your country, would you not fight back?" to every American, you always hear more of a gung-ho "hell yeah! We're America!" then when you ask why do you think others will fight back when we go to another country, usually you are met with silence, as it opens the door to realizing a lot more is going on with humanity than most are aware of, or want to know about.
The problem with highly trained operators is that they are much like martial artists. They want to be challenged and go to a higher level more than the accolades, fame, fortune, and money that usually goes with being the best of the best. In the west, we have lost the meaning of many things. In the east, they call it Qi – which is the element of the heart in life. It is why I am learning to meditate again and how I smiled when the yoga teacher said, "It is more important to learn about silence than poses."
Without a firm foundation, it doesn't matter how gifted, skilled, talented, and trained someone is. When push comes to shove, they will probably do anything to survive, and some will take any rule and push or break it. I fear this is what happened to operator Gallagher. He isn't an evil human being, but he did have a moment when he probably lost sight of reality and what he was trained to do. I am surprised it is being played out in public, as usually problems like this are shipped around the world, "get them to a new place" and minimize the issue.
As I typed that, I realize the problem children in the government are treated the same way many of the priests in church scandals were. Just move them around and try to deal with it internally, cover it up, help and protect the person. Meanwhile, the people that were the victims, usually they have to stay where the action happened. The lucky ones perhaps get to leave this planet and go gain a more significant understanding in the afterlife?
It just has me wonder how it is that judges can do their jobs and not get attached to the reality that it is human beings like operator Gallagher that hang in the balance. It has to be pretty bad when you are in a war zone, and you get called out for murder.
The reality is forever operator Gallagher, how many have been covered up, moved around, shipped off to another space of place? godsmWith the speed of media, I am amazed how easy it is to get people to not remember what happened yesterday, much less a few hours ago. What I have some heartburn today is that people like Joe Biden and others are being put over the coals for their actions 30-40 years ago.
It is like everyone wants to live in a perfect world, yet, no one is perfect. Everyone wants to believe their ideas are correct, in a world where I can prove with three people, each is, in essence, correct, yet, they are also 2/3 dead wrong.
What is coming out today is post brainstorm reality of what is coming down the pipe with advanced AI, deep learning and the words in the united states of "freedom" really being more of an illusion than something everyone can have.
Perhaps it is better than the average citizen doesn't know the reality of what is happening overseas for the ideology we hear inside the borders. I am not sure if people would start jumping off tall buildings or would they say, "nab. That is all fake!"
I don’t know what will happen to operator Gallagher and can only imagine the fallout behind the scenes with close knit teams, trust, and getting help for people that go off the cliff and somehow think it is normal. There is a lot of that happening in our world today. The scary part is “abnormal” has a funny way of becoming “normal” over time…if we allow it.