I can only imagine they thought they were playing an innocent game with the kids. Who knows? 50 years ago it might have even been considered so; but if tickling is torture nowadays then I guess this is unacceptable by today's standards.
I'm not making excuses for anyone, but it's far less brutal than a lot of the other stuff apparently happening in Iraq. Honestly, I don't think was any malice in this from the soldiers, more likely their lack of worldliness and their ignorance and silliness got the better of them.
'Copperfield,' said Mr. Micawber, 'farewell! Every happiness and prosperity! If, in the progress of revolving years, I could persuade myself that my blighted destiny had been a warning to you, I should feel that I had not occupied another man's place in existence altogether in vain.
- Wilkins Micawber
Good exercise for the kids.
So,when you make a few kids run for miles just because you are duping them with water(a basic essential- the fact that they'd be inclined to run for water should tell one how grim life is for these kids) and getting kicks out of it isnt malicious ?!?Honestly, I don't think was any malice in this from the soldiers
It maybe a lot less dire than a lot of stuff going on in Iraq but it doesnt make it any less malicious or evil in intent.
That display was pretty sociopathic.
Originally Posted by C_C
You think everything is sociopathic. You called me a sociopath for hunting, too. I think you need to narrow your definition a little bit.
Of all the things wrong with and in Iraq, this is like #1023421.
Well i do think many many amongst us are sociopathic and if you look up the definition of the term, you'd see it fits the bill when i use it in relation to certain instances. And given the reasons you hunt, i most definately consider you to be sociopathic- your first comment on this thread just served further reinforcement.Originally Posted by silentstriker
Doesnt make it any less despicable.Originally Posted by silentstriker
You seem to not consider the fact that its little things like these that matter a whole lot.
If i were an Iraqi standing in the streets watching this little incident, it'd be enough to convince me that America = enemy and not friend. And it would hold true for many many people.
whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.
It just means we differ on the meaning on 'moral responsibility' and 'social conscience'. I am arguing is that your meaning is way too narrow.
Doesn't stop it from being just a funny little incident.Originally Posted by C_C
Heh, so tell me this: what percentage of the world population is sociopathic? 90%?Originally Posted by C_C
No, there is no inherent malice in an act like that. It's just a very dumb thing to do.Originally Posted by C_C
For example, my family keeps two budgies, and for some inexplicable reason they have hated me ever since I came back from overseas. The male just tries to bite me through the cage, so sometimes I'll stand in front of his cage and tease him for ten minutes or so knowing full well that he can't do anything about it. There's no malice in it, even though it's probably not very nice.
As I said, their lack of empathy, kindness and common sense probably hurt these kids far more than any malicious intent.
Lack of empathy is malicious by default...their lack of empathy
I dunno. I'd say majority in the west are sociopathic and the east isnt much further behind.Originally Posted by silentstriker
So lemme get this straight- a bunch of kids running in desperation for miles for water in a war-torn country, being taunted and played by the occupying soldiers is funny to you ???Doesn't stop it from being just a funny little incident.
And you claim my definitions are too 'narrow' ?
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