A former U.S. Marine who took part in the second siege of Fallujah said “American Sniper” Chris Kyle is no hero, but he said no one who served in Iraq should be considered one.
“Our invasion of Iraq was in violation of international law, we did not have the (United Nations) Security Council’s approval in invading Iraq, and also our occupation was imposed on Iraq – it was not something that they wanted,” said Ross Caputi, an outspoken critic of the war since he left the military in 2006.
“Instead it was something that we forced upon them and didn’t give them any say at all, so I feel that our mission in Iraq was illegitimate and also very immoral,” he added.
Caputi appeared Tuesday on Alan Colmes’ Fox Radio program, where he discussed Kyle’s autobiography and the blockbuster movie based on it.
He told Colmes he thought the book was a typical combat veteran memoir, but he thought the film adaptation was structurally weak and sometimes confusing.
Caputi, the founding director of the Justice for Fallujah Project and director of the Fallujah documentary film “Fear Not the Path of Truth,” said he hoped the popularity of “American Sniper” would spark a needed debate on the war.
“At first I was very happy to see such a loud debate about the film, but then I started to realize how polarized the debate had become,” he said. “At this point I think the debate has just become really emotional.”
Although Caputi said he can’t consider any Iraq veteran a hero, he doesn’t blame them as individuals.
“This might be a little overly philosophical, but I believe in collective responsibility,” he said. “You can’t point to any one individual in the U.S. military or on the civilian side of the leadership that is hold responsible for the second siege of Fallujah. Arguably even civilians in this country, who their tax dollars went toward creating the bullets and shipping them to Iraq and putting them in Chris Kyle’s and my hands.”
He said Americans take a great leap of faith by assuming every returning combat veteran was a hero.
“I think it is indeed a leap of faith that we just kind of assume that of course returning soldiers are heroes they did heroic things and they did indeed protect our freedoms, and I don’t think that’s supported by the facts on the ground,” Caputi said. “So I think it’s accurate to say that it’s a leap of faith, and I think it’s a salient one because we very much want to believe that our guys are the good guys and that they’re doing good things.”
Watch the entire interview posted online by The Alan Colmes Show: