Hired Killers

Some soldiers have assured me that the only reason they kill people (innocent and otherwise) is because they are paid to and they can’t get any other job. You could say that equally well for someone who signed up as a hit man with the Mafia. Mafiosi rarely butcher children, so such soldiers are morally inferior to Mafia hit men. This is hardly a honourable excuse for murder. But I don’t believe even this lame excuse for a minute. The pay is terrible, the hours exhausting, the conditions miserable, the locations hellish and the risks to health, life and limb excessive. They enlist despite the low pay and terrible conditions. In Canada, they enlist even when the pay is lower than welfare. In other words, they enlist because they either like killing or enjoy being ordered to kill.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)