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Murdered Navy SEAL Reviled on Left


Chris Kyle was officially the deadliest known sniper in U.S. military history, with 155 confirmed kills during several combat deployments to Iraq with SEAL Team 3. Nicknamed “The Devil of Ramadi” by the insurgents, Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia put an $80,000 bounty on his head.

Kyle, who chronicled his military service in his book, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, was murdered on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013, along with Chad Littlefield, a neighbor, by a Marine veteran they had taken to a shooting range. The alleged murderer, a Marine veteran struggling with PTSD and whom Kyle was attempting to help, was caught after he drove Kyle’s truck away from the murder scene and crashed into a police car.

His death prompted a number of comments from Americans opposed to the war that have caused offense to many veterans and their families.

The most prominent of the anti-war personalities who have made such statement is Rep. Ron Paul, a Texas Republican and former Congressman popular among the military and veterans. Paul ran for president in 2008 and again in 2012 in the Republican primary, and was actually the leading recipient of donations from people in the military during the primary season. Though not a leftist, Paul caused a mini firestorm on his Facebook account, where he wrote:

"As a veteran, I certainly recognize that this weekend's violence and killing of Chris Kyle were a tragic and sad event. My condolences and prayers go out to Mr. Kyle’s family. Unconstitutional and unnecessary wars have endless unintended consequences. A policy of non-violence, as Christ preached, would have prevented this and similar tragedies."

His post generated thousands of comments, many of them expressing disappointment or outrage that Paul suggested a karmic element to Kyle’s death. Others defended Paul, arguing that he was not expressing anything that was against Kyle personally, but simply generally condemning the horrors of war and its far-reaching and unpredictable effects.

Twitchy.com posted a roundup of liberal reactions to the death of Chris Kyle. Among them:

“I am absolutely against guns being used for any reason, but in the matter of Chris Kyle, I'd have to say it was poetic justice.” — Michael Crook, author of Don’t Dunk Me When I’m Gone.

“Chris Kyle was killed at a gun how ironic lol live by the gun die by the gun now I really believe he had it coming to him” — Patricia (@onepoliceplazza), who also tweeted “Maybe this Chris Kyle got what he deserved.”

“All u hypocrites can miss me with the Chris Kyle American Sniper sympathy bullshit, I call his death karma. Feel for his family not him.” — Craig (@Executenr)

Blogger William Grigg, author of ProLibertate, on the other hand, was much more direct in his condemnation of the murdered former SEAL in his post: The Proto-Courage of Chris Kyle. In his full-length post, Grigg calls Kyle’s courage into question, accuses him of being a bully, of being a footman in an illegal war, and compares Kyle and his comrades to Nazi stormtroopers.

Writes Griggs:

"Kyle’s memoir is remarkable chiefly for the complete absence of the kind of moral anguish Arendt describes among the SS. Kyle eagerly participated in a patently illegal and entirely unnecessary war of aggression against a country that never attacked, harmed, or threatened the United States. He killed scores of people, terrorized thousands more. As Kyle tells the story, he reveled in the experience, and regrets only that he wasn’t able to slaughter more of the “savages” who surrounded him."

In the comments section to his post, Griggs also wrote:

"I've yet to discern any evidence of "honor" in Chris Kyle. Any soldier possessed of a scintilla of honor wouldn't be guilty of involvement in the world-historic crime that is the war in Iraq."

Twitchy has screengrabs and links.

Grigg’s comments were evocative of those of some members of the anti-war movement in the early and mid-2000s, when the public debate over the Iraq war and the way it was waged was at its most heated. For example, some anti-war marchers famously carried a banner that read “We support the troops when they shoot their officers.”

Nicholas de Genova, a professor at Columbia University, publicly stated he hoped for a million Mogadishus to befall our soldiers in Iraq.

Blogger Markos Moulitsas, of the liberal blog Daily Kos, upon hearing of the killing and mutilation of four American military contractors who fell into enemy hands while escorting a convoy of trucks in Fallujah, wrote “screw them.”

In each of these cases, these individuals were publicly excoriated by those in support of the war effort and by conservatives. However, the fact that even now, long after the last combat unit has pulled out of Iraq, there is still this much vitriol between the two factions underscores the deep and bitter divide that has been rent in this country.

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