I came across this article from Veterans Today by the senior editor, Gordon Duff, a former sniper in the Vietnam Conflict. It is definitely a must-read for people who want to know what actually happens on the battlefield. When veterans come back, there are those who glamorize it and those who tell it like it is.
Duff is the latter. One area of sniping he critiques pertain to the stories that come to us. Those, he says, are “mythology,” as snipers don’t work like that.
The initial paragraph sums his sentiment, which he spends the rest of the article proving. With the debate over American Sniper heating up, his reflections on his own work as a sniper are certainly more relevant than that of celebrities, columnists, political activists, and misguided magazine reviewers.
If you kill more than dozen people as a sniper and you aren’t guilty of murdering innocent civilians, I would be very surprised. If you are insane enough to convince yourself, let’s say you are in Afghanistan or Iraq, countries where it is legal for any civilian to carry a weapon and no sane person would go outside without one, that shooting “armed Muslims” makes you a hero, you are both a liar and a fool. You are probably also a psychopath.