This is the kind of subversive bilge that gushes from The Huffington Post and other left-wing outlets like a fountain.
"Becoming A Racist: The Unfortunate Side Effect Of Serving Your Country," is the headline of a recent HuffPo op-ed penned by contributor David Fagin. The author describes himself as a "musician, Trump Resister" and "food snob." Yes, those sound like highly reputable credentials.
In his America-hating piece (which you can already infer from the title is the entire point), the author posits that veterans returning from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, or police officers who've patrolled inner cities, become "racist" as a result of their negative experiences with those who differ from them:
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Vice News’ Elle Reeve mentions that security for the neo-Nazis was not provided by the Charlottesville police, as one might expect, but by veterans of the Iraq/Afghan war.
To hear that these veterans claim they were ‘radicalized’ in Iraq and Afghanistan during their tours of duty is one of the more unfortunate things to come to light regarding the side-effects of serving your country.
By now, we’re all familiar with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and even with proper treatment, the debilitating state it can leave a returning soldier in, sometimes for the rest of their lives.
But to learn that these brave men and women over there return with a new-found hatred for those different from them, especially after their mission is one of liberation from those who kill and persecute anyone of different faiths/beliefs, is quite disturbing to say the least.
My uncle was a lieutenant in the NYPD for over 40 years. He was a kind and loving man. Unfortunately, patrolling the streets of The Bronx and Queens during the sixties and seventies, and seeing what human beings are capable of doing to each other, left him with a prejudice towards minorities. Not that he would say or do anything in public that would offend anyone. He was always a gentleman on the surface and treated everyone with respect.
In private, however, he would occasionally make off-handed comments when discussing politics, complete with a racial slur or two, that would catch me off-guard. As to hear someone of such intelligence and valor, someone who I respected and cared for immensely, have such a distorted view, and to speak in generalizations about an entire race of people, was sad.
I wouldn’t go as far as to characterize him as racist, however. But he was definitely prejudiced. Of course, I attributed it to his years of service in the worst parts of the city, and having to deal with such scum on a regular basis would put anyone’s faith in humanity to the test. And, of course, he was a Trump supporter.
"I can’t even imagine the horror one sees serving their country in a shithole the likes of an Iraq or an Afghanistan," Fagin states as if to back-peddle somewhat before rendering his conclusion, "but to think that even a small portion of them [service men and women] are returning from duty harboring feelings of such intense anger and disgust toward anyone who isn’t white, leads one to believe the military isn’t doing enough in the area of outreach, post-discharge."
"After all, not every soldier returns with a desire to protect and defend those with beliefs and convictions that stand in direct contrast to everything our military has fought against, and fights against as we speak. But, however small the percentage is, running security for white supremacists is quite a unique avenue regarding symptoms/display of PTSD, and these individuals obviously need help."
And of course he adds the requisite blame-Trump moment:
"The utter failure by our so-called Commander-in-Chief to condemn these hate groups has prompted the leaders of our armed forces to do the unthinkable, to step out of rank with the president and speak out against it, themselves," Fagin writes.
"And, while their action is commendable, the military needs to focus their attention on treating this new type of expression of their trauma, as, although returning from battle steadfast in the 'Us vs. Them' mentality is nothing new, taking a job as security guard for neo-nazis, is."
As always, the Left doesn't seem to understand the concept of outliers and that conclusions about an entire group cannot be based solely on one or a few potential examples. Every American should be disgusted by the author's (and Huffington Post's) assertion and direct insult to those who risk life and limb for our safety and freedoms.