Archive for June 23rd, 2011

The whole story always sounded like BS to me, and no, that does not stand for “Black Sheepdog”. To cite only one of his more outlandish claims, Mr Corapi says that after he was injured during Special Forces training and relegated to a desk job, the rest of his class shipped out to Vietnam, where they were all killed in combat. Think about that for a moment. An entire Green Beret class killed in combat, and this is the only place we have heard of it. Don’t you think that would have made headlines? That the Special Forces class of 1967 would have become a symbol of courage and sacrifice?  That here would have been a movie, “None Came Back”, perhaps, starring Tom Hanks?

And that is only one of Corapi’s tales. What of his other claims?

Inquiring minds want to know, and Mark Shea is asking questions: http://markshea.blogspot.com/2011/06/gaping-hole-in-fr-corapis-story.html

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Drone Wars

Some time ago a friend on Facebook wrote something on the feast of St Francis about peace. One of her friends then said “But I love war”. He said that he was in the military, and on active duty.

This puzzled me. My father was a World War II veteran, and he would never speak of his experiences. Indeed, my grandmother told me that when he first came back from the war he would walk out of the house and not come back for days if one of his younger brothers pestered him for war stories. It was not until after he died that I learned that the Bronze Star he had in the closet meant anything. “Oh they gave those to everyone” was what he told us. And it was not until my brother looked into his military records that we learned he had been awarded a Purple Heart. We never saw it because he didn’t keep it. Knowing my dad, we can only surmise that his wounds were minor and he was embarrassed, as he no doubt knew men who lost limbs or otherwise were badly wounded.

And I have known other veterans; to a man they were haunted by their experiences.

The one exception to this was in 1970, when I heard a young man, just back from Vietnam, brag about shooting speed and picking off peasants for fun. In other words, the one exception was a war criminal.

So I asked my friend about the war-loving warrior on her FB page. She said that he was in the Air Force, was not a pilot, and in fact operated drones from somewhere in Nevada. After a day of onscreen killing he clocked out and went home to his family.

Meet the new war criminal, trained by years of video gaming, picking off targets on a screen.

And meet the war of the future, waged with no danger to the warriors. At least in traditional warfare courage, selflessness and other virtues were required.

And drone warfare has really taken off under the Peace Candidate, the Nobel laureate:

The U.S. Army said it went past the one million unmanned-hour mark in April of 2010. At the time theDefenseTalk.com site noted the growth in the use of Army drones was staggering — the Army inventory jumped from a handful of systems in 2001 to roughly 1,000 aircraft by 2010 and is now logging up to 25,000 of UAV flight hours per month in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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