By Hope Titchbourne
Growing up in a small suburb of Dallas,Texas, my parents raised me to take pride in my country. Chris Kyle took that to the next level: he defended it, with 160 confirmed kills in his four tours in Iraq.
This, however, has raised many questions about whether or not Kyle is a hero or a murderer. After the terrorist attacks on New York City, what he is to me is very clear. Many say that he is a murderer, but I don’t think they fully understand the sacrifices our soldiers make for our country’s freedom and protection. They willingly put themselves in a line of fire to keep us alive, safe and with our rights.
A common misconception that people who don’t serve have is that Kyle was killing innocent people. However this is not the case.
After talking to current soldiers and also veterans, I learned that before our military moves into a city, it is evacuated. The people who stay are nine times out 10 affiliated with the Taliban or more currently al Qaeda, the infamous terrorist organization. Obviously that’s not easy for the Iraqis: being involved in a war isn’t easy.
Many people would say that this an attack on Muslims, but the fact of the matter is, it’s not. It is attack on the people associated with the group of terrorists that have killed thousands of our people and their own.
Not only does American Sniper show this, but other movies like Lone Survivor (based on a true story) show how these radical groups are killing innocent humans. Members of the Taliban, al Qaeda and ISIS, all raid cities in their own countries and massacre them.
A scene in American Sniper shows an extremist, drilling a hole in an innocent child’s head. Those things happen. Our troops aren’t just over there protecting us; they’re protecting innocent Iraqis who choose not to follow radical practices.
Yes, there are radical groups in our own country, but they’re not responsible for the deaths of thousands of people. These humans cannot possibly be accurately related or even put in the same category as radical feminists, radicals on either side of the political spectrum or even radical Christians. Have you heard of any of these groups murdering their own people or even their enemies in the past 300 years? Me neither.
Even then, for Kyle to shoot someone, they must be armed and endangering his men. Not only that, all of Kyle’s kills were documented and strategically mapped out. If they weren’t he would be in prison at Leavenworth for the murder of guiltless civilians.
Multiple scenes in the movie American Sniper makes this point very clear, in which Kyle asks for verification whether or not it is okay to make the shoot.
The Iraq War began in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq under the rule of Saddam Hussein, in our attempt to end a brutal dictatorship and help bring democracy to their country. We weren’t going to war on Iraq or Muslims, we were going to war with the people who have killed thousands of our own innocent civilians and their own.
Think of the freedoms we have, such as, speech, religion, and even the freedom for girls to go to school. Now imagine life without them. We as a country see these things as normalities.
We have numerous amounts of men and women just like Kyle protecting those rights overseas and in our country itself. This war isn’t an attack on Islam or even Iraq, it’s a war on the people responsible for killing guiltless humans who put our lives, and the lives of others on the line.