The outrage brought on by "pissgate" - both feigned and genuine - prompted me to do some thinking, though, and now I want to bounce that thought off you:
Compared to veterans of other wars, veterans coming home from the War on Terror seem to have a higher incidence of PTSD and/or troubles re-integrating into daily life. I could be wrong about this. That might not be the case at all. But it certainly *seems* that way. If it is true, the next question should be "why?" Why are today's veterans more likely to come home with emotional problems?
In previous conflicts, the enemy was clearly depicted as enemy. Check the propaganda of the time - the enemy was made worse than merely "enemy." The enemy was made bestial, barbarous and barely human. The enemy was given unflattering names like "Jap" and "Kraut" and "Gook" and "Hun bastard" whose entrails would make a "good lube for our tank tracks." American society believed our troops to be better than the enemy's, and our cause greater than the enemy's cause. Firebombing (or, gasp, nuking!) a city was acceptable. If an American disrespected an enemy corpse, there wasn't outrage. Because it was the corpse of a enemy! Corpse of a quasi-human devil of an enemy! Americans lost in battle were mourned, and victors given a Hero's Welcome upon coming home. The veteran comes home knowing he did right.
Contrast that with today. Today is tolerance. Today is diversity. Today is moral equivalence. Today it is unacceptable to much of America to assert one's culture is superior to the
What does all this PC junk do to our troops? Instead of having confidence that the fight is just and the cause is noble, how does that Soldier or Marine not ask himself "What kind of person am I? I've traveled halfway around the world to kill somebody whom I've been told over and over is just like me! What kind of a monster am I becoming?" The veteran comes home but there is no tickertape parade. Instead there is doubt and angst and uncertainty that he did right.
Little wonder that today's veterans are more apt to suffer emotional problems, and that the (mostly harmless) act of urinating on a dead terrorist would prompt so much outrage.