The sniper’s evolution from villain to hero

March 11, 2016

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Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Ian McCollum
Snipers play a key role in the world’s armies. They target commanders on the opposing side and other targets with an outsize impact. Working by themselves, they can pin down a group, creating fear and confusion.

And now they’re covered in glory. Hollywood cast Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, in the movie American Sniper. Kyle killed at least 160 people with his rifle.

This week on War College we look at the history of snipers and the role they play now. It’s fair to say the role wasn’t always considered a badge of honor.

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People who criticise snipers are essentially saying “aiming is evil”.

Posted by evilhippo | Report as abusive

Just shoot them in the back or poison their water supply.

Posted by brotherkenny4 | Report as abusive

And now they’re covered in glory. Hollywood cast Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, in the movie American Sniper. Kyle killed at least 160 people with his rifle.

………….defending US borders?

Posted by Jingan | Report as abusive

No sniper is a match for 20mm round from 1500 yards, you just brush his position, or send a TOW instead,- and he is a toast, bleeding alone to death.

Not to mention the antisniper systems that damage your eye permanently.

But no one tell this to aspiring young guys.

Posted by commy | Report as abusive

It is still no badge of honor. Killing is immoral. Being an American soldier is simply being an ammoral human robot who kills on command of the U.S. president. Soldiers are denied the legal right to make their own moral decisions. It is totally disgusting how violence oriented our country has become. Whereas traditional Chrisitian morals taught that anger, hatred, and revenge are immoral, by using massive advertising and a mercenary army, we have now enshrined these senseless animal emotions as heroic. We need to resist evil with good, not with more evil. Shame on Hollywood for its highly unrealistic glorification of brutality and killing.

Posted by LoveYourEnemy | Report as abusive