In World War Two, when
Marines hit the beaches, a surprisingly high percentage of them didn’t fire
their weapons, even when faced with direct enemy contact. They hesitated.
Not these guys. Did you see what they did to that town? They fucking destroyed it. These guys have no problem with killing.”
Guess who is coming back to join the Sheriff's department, the city police force, Blackwater and other PMCs (Private Military Companies)?
Culturally, these Marines would be virtually unrecognizable to their
forebears in the “Greatest Generation.” They are kids raised on hip-hop,
Marilyn Manson and Jerry Springer. For them, “motherfucker” is a term
of endearment. For some, slain rapper Tupac is an American patriot whose
writings are better known than the speeches of Abraham Lincoln. There are
tough guys among them who pray to Buddha and quote Eastern philosophies
and New Age precepts gleaned from watching Oprah and old kung
fu movies. There are former gangbangers, a sprinkling of born-again Christians and quite a few guys who before entering the Corps were daily dope smokers; many of them dream of the day when they get out and are once
again united with their beloved bud.
Guess who will be kicking in your door, whether you're "non-violent" or not?
Generation Kill (PDF)