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  • My own experience in combat was that out of our platoon there were maybe 1 or 2 men who tried to slip into this brutality, revenge, and out of control emotions against the Viet Cong and civilians who may have been supportive of the Viet Cong. The rest of us stopped them and would not allow this kind of primitive "warrior culture" behavior. If it comes to this kind of military behavior in the battle field, then we are no better than those who we are calling enemies. It is another thing to help those vets who went rogue and violated this. If they are not sociopathic, then they can be worked with, but not in the context of rationalizing too much, or saying you had to do this because of the enemies brutality. There are better ways of healing than to rationalize or justify this kind of behavior in combat. This moral wound of violating ones own humanity needs a very trusting long term therapeutic relationship to get deep enough to heal. The dominant culture likes to ignore that some of its soldiers do such things. They would rather cover it up and make them all heroes or condemn them all as baby killers. Neither extreme is helpful. Its much more complicated emotionally and spiritually than that, but the society wants noble cause rationalizations, and a quick 10 sessions or pills for the vet to cover it up and not allow the context of cultural/societal responsibility for the war to enter the picture. If we heal together and admit the reality of how we end up in these wars as a society and as individuals, we may put an end to such evolutionary obstacles. Let There Be Light.

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