A modern crusader.
Recently my woman graduated, one morning after a night of drunkenness I was woken by a request to go to her friends party, I like this friend, she is a decent girl so I decided to acquiesce her request. The friends family is Italian, they were friendly people who cooked good food and gave me a little shit for being British. All in good fun though.
I met a family member who served the US army, he was a part of black watch. His operations were lead by an SAS man. For those who have never heard of the SAS they fuck shit up, they train Delta and they’re pretty much the hornets of the British armed forces. This man told me that he began as a skin head, he seemed like a decent guy but was a racist by all accounts. He hated Muslims and the middle east, he was far from a devout Christian but he believed that the holy land should belong to the allied forces. I am aware that this doesn’t make up the majority of the forces.
He told me how when mobs rallied in the towns in Afghanistan and Iraq they would throw pigs blood at them to mark them for execution by snipers. These men were extremists but this is a highly offensive act. As if killing them wasn’t enough, they did this to deny them entrance to heaven. He wasn’t as disgusting and you might expect. He appeared to be a pretty stand up guy, a guitarist and pretty funny guy. He did mention Hitler and such saying that what he did was wrong because he could have done it more discreetly. I’m not easily offended nor pro Jewish but this was a pretty wtf moment for me. Still I listened to him talk.
His helmet was marked with a verse, not a biblical one but it certainly had biblical undertones. The Hitler comment and disbelief at the actions of British forces kind of threw me. I understand that to easily kill a man you must hate him but this mans views were pretty extreme. He talked about Templar imagery, he also wore a patch which said pork eating infidel or something to that effect. He saw himself as a crusader. I find it pretty funny how the natural progression from skin head to the army is very real.
He was otherwise a very reasonable guy, a father, a soldier, a funny guy, a kind guy, a loved family member but he was a crusader through and through. He had one or two passed transgressions unrelated to race hate but still morally wrong. I just couldn’t believe what I had heard from this talented, intelligent, hardy bastard. It was pretty unreal for me. I don’t agree with much of what he said but it really showed me that racism and hatred have many forms.
This man saw it as his duty before god to fight this war, change these people by force if necessary and win back the holy land. It is true that some of our soldiers are modern crusaders with an agenda greater than liberating the oppressed. This man had a huge problem with Islam. I myself have a huge problem with all religion but really, are we taking these huge leaps backwards in this day and age. Have we learned nothing from history?
This was pretty fucked up, I am not offended nor surprised just slightly saddened. My faith in humanity is as low as ever. This war is a crusade for some people.