i’m listening to a soldier on NPR tell the story of how he fatally shot an afghan kid that he described as between thirteen and fourteen years old. he said he felt “sick” and woozy, and his buddy comforted him and told him it would be okay. but you know what? it isn’t. i hope you have nightmares for the rest of your life you fucking monster, may you never find peace, and when you die, straight to hell with you
There is no soldier that is overseas shooting innocent people, children or otherwise, that can come home and think “it’s going to be okay” or “it’s for the greater good” or “we’re keeping ‘murrica safe”.
Murder is murder, and when you put a bullet into a little boy’s chest, or a little girl’s brain - there is no justice. There is no safety. Nothing is okay. At that point, the U.S. is the terrorists, not them. They’re defending themselves, not coming in the offensive. Even 9/11 wasn’t the offensive. It was a group of people who’d simply had enough of the U.S.’s
occupation presence in their region of the world.