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The science of creating killers

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Here's an article on how "kill-ologists" turn a normal, empathetic, human being, overcome their natural repugnance to killing and produce soldiers.
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What exactly does it take to kill someone? Here's how 21-year-old West Texas Army Pvt. Steven Green described shooting a man who refused to stop at an Iraqi checkpoint: "It was like nothing. 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,' " he told the military newspaper Stars & Stripes.
I've known this for a long time. It's pretty shocking.
nak. my sister mentioned this subject to me years ago. i came accross this article today and it seemed relavent. unfortunately.
From the next paragraph of that article, same soldier speaking:

"I mean, I thought killing somebody would be this life-changing experience. And then I did it, and I was like, 'All right, whatever.' "

I don't think I can read the rest right now. Thank you, though, for posting it.
What scares me just as much is the role of public/consumer video games in this "new training." It is pervasive enough that over 6 years ago reporters could use military experts to show that violent video games influence a person's psychology.

For eg.

I have whole files of this sort of stuff and researched a ton when I had 2 siblings enter the military.
They are very good at making normal people into killers.

They haven't a clue how to reverse the process and I don't think they give a damn.
And, when their tour of duty ends they will come home. They will be changed.
"The institutions that teach killing emphasize that they do so with built-in safeguards against indiscriminate violence. Their pupils know, at least theoretically, that if they fire in an unauthorized way, they can be ostracized, washed out, charged or court-martialed. In his seminal work "On Killing," Grossman takes pains to distinguish that kind of training from violent video games, which mimic the techniques of operant conditioning and desensitization without any of the safeguards.

But as the rape and homicide charges against Pfc. Green and four of his fellow soldiers show, in rare instances the safeguards simply fail."

That is a bunch of bullsh*t.
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Rare, my a*s!
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