Undeserved Catharsis

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Repenting and confessing will not lead to forgiveness, but it will probably offer this guy undeserved catharsis.

PS. The “I’m sorry I won’t do it again” pleading method will only work with your mother.

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  1. I think you both severely misunderstood the point of this man’s message. He was a marine who signed up to defend his country, the man was simply following orders. If you paid any attention to what he was saying you’d have realized that that’s how the American military works. Worse still, that’s how war works. Furthermore, the man is looking for forgiveness, are we just going to deny him that purely out of spite over his duty as a marine? The world isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Coming from a former Muslim and an American/Arab teenager, men like him are heroes. Even the ones who DON’T come back searching for redemption over doing their job.

    • I see his point perfectly. Doesn’t mean he should be forgiven. What about all those families he made miserable? Not that easy. As Arabs we stand with our Arab brothers and sisters. Religion, in reply to your identification as a former Muslim, has nothing to do with it. This is right and wrong.

      • There’s a major flaw in your argument here, firstly. Religion has everything to do with this war, Religion fuels it. It was an act of Religious Intolerance that started this war. You completely ignore the fact that a little incident by the name of 9/11 happened. As an american he felt that it was his duty to his country to enlist and serve in this war, as many Americans felt. You speak that as Arabs you need to go side by side, and yet you completely ignore the fact that the United States and NATO have been the greatest allies to the Gulf Nations in the last 2 decades. If the United States never got involved with Kuwait in the first place, we’d be living under the tyrannic rule of Saddam Hussein or worse, living with a heavy presence of Al-Qeada in the Gulf. It’s simply arrogant to assume that everything will suddenly become better if we all decided “Hey, we’re all Muslim, let’s all hang out and be bros”. That’s not how the world of modern politics works. The man not only did his job, served his country, but he also had the decency to ask for forgiveness for the mistakes he made. That’s what makes him a hero.

      • By religion I mean you don’t need to be a Muslim to see that they don’t belong there. I never said we didn’t appreciate the things the US has done for us in the past. We just don’t appreciate their presence in Iraq being extended to this extent. If this man truly believed he was serving his country, he was brainwashed into it. Serving your country is not done by oppressing the weak. Granted, he’s given credit for admitting his mistakes. But that doesn’t mean forgiving him is so easy for those who experienced firsthand effects of the treatment of him and his buddies for Iraqi families.

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