Do you not prioritize your family in your responsibilies or priorities or were you found under a rock?
Yes, I do, but there's a significant difference between individuals with whom you have a personal connection and those who simply share a conceptual category. People I know personally are of personal value to me because of my emotional connection to them. But what reason is there to place higher value on people with whom I have no personal connection, but simple share one known trait (being an American). And if mutual traits is enough basis, why not favor those who share a bloodtype, favorite food or any other equally random criteria?
Consider this: if you happened to discover that someone was your 32nd cousin 12 times removed (whatever that means) would this knowledge place the person in a place of greater priority for you? What if that person wasn't an American? At what point does relation distance outweigh the bonus for being an American? Is there a logical line to draw besides family members you know vs. those you don't know?
Since everybody is related in the broadest sense, why not just value everybody as family? I suppose that's the closest to how I feel about it. I don't consider an individual American to be a higher priority than an individual Canadian any more than I'd prioritize a brother who lives in America over a brother who lives in Canada.
OK, whose opinion is it? Care to elaborate?
(this is about my statement that there are a few people in the military in it out of a desire to kill)
Nobody authoritative, just the few friends and family I've mentioned it to in the past few days. As I said previously, it just comes down to numbers. As it's hard to get stats on "wants to kill people" I'll go with Psychopathy/Antosocial Personality Disorder. Rates are estimated to be about 1%. There are about 133,000 troops in Iraq right now, last I chcked. That means potentially 1330 have this disorder. If the military screening procedures are 99% effective this still leaves 13. That's "a few" which is all I said, and that's just counting troops in Iraq.
And that calculation ignores the fact that the military will appear attractive to someone who is already interested in finding violence. Furthermore, psychopathy is characterized by charm and a strong ability to appear normal, meaning that it will be difficult to screen out such persons.
Add all this together and it just seems a bit preposterous to say that there aren't even a few soldiers who enlisted out of a desire to kill people.