I have mixed feelings about the following two videos:
On the one hand, this woman is screaming contempt at war criminals who routinely enable crimes against humanity. No one expects to be able to talk to war criminals without getting emotionally agitated about their crimes.
On the other hand, she lacks dignity. Her obvious hatred for her fellow humans dehumanizes her. She appears narcissistic and authoritarian. Someone like Ron Paul or Jim Webb or Edward Snowden could have voiced similar sentiments without appearing to be intoxicated with the thrill of hatred.
This woman is qualified as a judge in a USA court of law. Judges are used to voicing extreme contempt. This is a problem with the design of USA courts of law, and the entire legal culture of the USA. Far too many USA legalists become dangerously narcissistic or downright psychopathic.
Now I present the words of a warfighter – but not a calm and technocratic warfighter who sits in a bunker and pilots a drone, but rather a blood-and-guts jarhead, one of the feared reavers of the Spurdoburger Empire.
Here is a brief telling of one of his deeds in “the rock and roll slaughterhouse” of Vietnam:
On July 10, 1969, while participating in a company-sized search and destroy operation deep in hostile territory, First Lieutenant Webb’s platoon discovered a well-camouflaged bunker complex that appeared to be unoccupied. Deploying his men into defensive positions, First Lieutenant Webb was advancing to the first bunker when three enemy soldiers armed with hand grenades jumped out. Reacting instantly, he grabbed the closest man and, brandishing his .45 caliber pistol at the others, apprehended all three of the soldiers. Accompanied by one of his men, he then approached the second bunker and called for the enemy to surrender. When the hostile soldiers failed to answer him and threw a grenade that detonated dangerously close to him, First Lieutenant Webb detonated a claymore mine in the bunker aperture, accounting for two enemy casualties and disclosing the entrance to a tunnel. Despite the smoke and debris from the explosion and the possibility of enemy soldiers hiding in the tunnel, he then conducted a thorough search that yielded several items of equipment and numerous documents containing valuable intelligence data. Continuing the assault, he approached a third bunker and was preparing to fire into it when the enemy threw another grenade. Observing the grenade land dangerously close to his companion, First Lieutenant Webb simultaneously fired his weapon at the enemy, pushed the Marine away from the grenade, and shielded him from the explosion with his own body.
It is nothing short of bizarre that I would rather hear a jarhead than a judge. The jarhead speaks with dignity, rationality, and reasonable clarity. The judge seems to have higher verbal IQ, but her emotions appear to have overruled her reason.
I hate war – at least in theory – and I love the rule of law – at least in theory. How crazy has the world become that a warfighter speaks more calmly than a judge?
Perhaps this is not surprising. Perhaps it is easier to avoid narcissism as a warfighter than as a judge.
And warfighters, unlike priests, learn something about trigger discipline:
Yeah, Father, no need to get an actual target in your sights before you put your finger on the trigger.