IMPERIAL, Calif. — Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on the floor.
The responding officers — eight teenage boys and girls, the youngest 14 — face tripwire, a thin cloud of poisonous gas and loud shots — BAM! BAM! — fired from behind a flimsy wall. They move quickly, pellet guns drawn and masks affixed.
“United States Border Patrol! Put your hands up!” screams one in a voice cracking with adolescent determination as the suspect is subdued.
It is all quite a step up from the square knot.
Yes, you read that correctly, no, its not an inter net hoax, it is a very telling example of the state of the BSA Explorer’s today and what the politics of fear have spawned when Explorer Scout Leaders decide to put guns in the hands of children under the guise of scouting and anti terrorism based para military assault drills that smack of of the brown shirts of the Hitler Youth wing of the Nazi regime.
But worse of all, it speaks to the insensitivity of the BSA-Explorer’s when it maligns today’s new veterans using this hypothetical scenario where the bad actor in this drama is an Iraqi vet who has unhinged and has begun killing his own people.
Nowhere in the article do we get a hint of compassion for the veteran and how he got to this fictional state, we do not read of the real life drama played out in real situations where combined agencies take measured approaches to events like the one propounded here out of the imagination of some one who puts fire arms in the hands of children, this time to teach them to kill another human being.
CHEERFULL A Scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
“I like shooting them,” Cathy said. “I like the sound they make. It gets me excited.”
HELPFUL A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.
“Put him on his face and put a knee in his back,” a Border Patrol agent explained. “I guarantee that he’ll shut up.”
What we did not read here was how the BSA-Explorer’s were being taught to form relationships with veterans prior to the imaginary one they created for these children to participate in, what we did not read here is that the children were being trained in subtle crisis management techniques, what we did not read here is that the children were being taught non lethal methods during high stress situations, and finally and perhaps more of concern is the children were not being taught that veterans are not homicidal psychopathic killing machines intent on killing any one and every one in their communities when they came home !
What we did read was the children were taught to kick in doors, raise weapons and use them and enjoy it, by firing at Iraqi veterans, with initent to kill, and knee some one in the back to silence them,
For all the din of IAVA Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff remarks being taken out of context for which he offered a clarification and an apology, where was the hue and cry over the slander heaped upon the returning veterans of today by the rest of us over the BSA-Explorer Execution-Torture squads excercise ?
Those of us who know how these things get started in the first place, where returning veterans were treated with distrust and contmept for having served their country during war time under difficult conditions, that as far as I am concerned pale in comparison to the service this new generation is shouldering up to in fighting a merciless foe who sets bombs off in village markets in order to kill innocent men women and children.
I SAY AGAIN-
What we did read instead was the children were being indoctrinated to enjoy it by firing at Iraqi veterans, with initent to kill, and knee some one in the back to silence them, and not a word was raised up against it.
DO YOU COPY MY LAST? OVER…
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
Then they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
I did not speak out;
I was not a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out for me.
Martin Niemöller’s poem