I am not usually one to become a keyboard warrior and respond in this type of forum, but after seeing Lone Survivor and then coming on line to learn more about the real men, I need to comment.
The movie is brilliant. It depicts the story of what happened in all it’s brutality. Sure it alters some of the facts along the way and the ending to the real story, but I don’t care.
It doesn’t glorify war. It is does not take sides. It is not jingoistic. It is the telling of a real story, about real men, who faced with difficult choices made real decisions and faced real consequences.
As an Australian, I don’t have a political bias in the American context. I simply don’t understand the differences of opinion between Republicans and Democrats. Similarly my views on the war in Afghanistan would not sit well with a lot of Americans, But the point of the movie is not about those views.
I do want to comment on some of the disgusting things I have read on various sites whilst learning more about the men in the story.
One idiot questioned why the cast didn’t feature an African American, or an Italian or Jew. It is a true story!!!!! If one of the characters had been of a different ethnicity in real life it would have been in the movie. There is no white-Anglo conspiracy on that. It is just a fact.
Another fool actually suggested that Luttrell himself was somehow responsible for what happened and that if he had manned up and taken the decision to kill the 3 captives when he had the chance then it all would have been OK. I felt sick when I read this. I have nothing but respect for Luttrell.
The number of supposed ex military personnel that have written in to say Marines are better than Seals are better than Green Berets are better than Rangers are better than …… And they would have done it better is amazing. No one can comment on what happened in that way. The situation was as it was. What happened, happened. For an anonymous jerk to claim to be better from the safety of their keyboard again makes me sick.
Finally, I don’t understand the whole American v American rhetoric that exists in a lot of the angry posts I have read. On one hand, if someone from outside like me, makes comments that are seen as attacking the USA you stand as one and point out all that is great about your nation. But at the same time, when the left is seen to be attacking the right, the language used by the right is frightening. I truly hope that your nation is not on the verge of civil war. I truly hope that you don’t ask your armed services to take arms against your own people.
I truly hope that I have just stumbled across those that are prepared to hide behind their keyboards.
I am writing this because the movie and its story moved me in away I did not expect it to and in trying to learn more about the brave men who died I felt compelled to write.
In closing I will ask one what if question.
What if the old man or the young boy the Seals let go turned out to be the ones that got Luttrell, and helped him. There is no answer of course, but for those who said kill first, it might make you pause to think. If Lone Survivor was made to the Hollywood formula, the young boy at the end would have been the young boy let go!!