Personally, I am a religious guy, but it was after much debate and questioning over the years. Either way, I began questioning whether or not I was one of the “good guys” when I began working with former Sunni insurgents in Iraq.
I am sure you were familiar with the “Sons of Iraq,” as they were called in '08. Anyway, I realized that most of them were what we would call “patriots” if they were Americans. They weren’t suicide bombers or fundamentalists, they were citizens that were opposing a foreign power that overthrew what they felt was their legitimate government. Many, of course, later changed sides because of all the foreign fighters that were targeting civilians.
I guess I realized that I couldn’t hold it against them for at one time fighting US forces when I would do the same damn thing in their shoes. It took some time for me to process that these guys weren’t evil just because they were our enemy at one time.
For quite some time I went from seing the world as right and wrong to a big shade of grey. If some of my enemies weren’t evil then why was I fighting them? I realized that it was politicaI and nothing more. It took some time to realize I kind came back full circle in recent years, though.
For me, at least, I guess I decided that politics and religion aside, preying on the weak for any reason is evil. Refusing to stand up for and protect the innocent is cowardly. So basically, I feel that fuck whether it’s political, religious, or whatever, do it because it’s right damn thing to do.
I guess at the end of the day I feel I should be trying to do some good in the world even if I fuck it up in the process. I guess that’s why I’ve been trying to get back into LE. That and because I can’t sing or play the fucking piano.
I don’t know if any of that makes sense, but that’s the best way I can explain my sense of morality. If it doesn’t make sense, just pretend I was drunk. Just my $.02.
Stay safe, brother.