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Fra krigene USA har deltatt i de siste tiårene kommer noen utrolige historier. Clint Eastwood har laget film om en av dem: snikskytteren Chris Kyle. Han hadde 255 «kill», det høyeste noen har oppnådd.

Til forskjell fra Norge har militære høy status i USA og deres bedrifter udødeliggjøres. I Norge forsøker talsmenn for sivilsamfunnet å fortelle folk i førstelinjen, i dette tilfellet politi, at de ikke trenger bevæpning. Disse bedreviterne synes ikke å forstå at politiet er den «tynne linjen» mellom dem og forbrytere. Et svakt politi er et unnfallende politi.

Slike problemstillinger har man ikke noen problemer med i USA, særlig ikke i de krigene USA har vært engasjert i de siste år, med irregulære fiender.

Chris Kyles livshistorie har mange elementer som passer for film.

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Han skulle egentlig ikke sluppet inn i Navy SEALS, for han hadde metall i den ene armen, men reglene ble slakket på. Kyle var en utåmodig fyr og hadde problemer med prøven, inntil man kom på at han manglet én ting for å roe nervene: tygge tobakk.

Da han ble sendt til Irak i 2003 begynte en karriere som skulle gjøre ham til legende. Også blant fienden.

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Bradley Cooper spiller Kyle. Skal vi tippe at den nye terrortrusselen mot Europa vil gjøre interessen for soldater som Kyle større?

Krig handler om å drepe fienden før han dreper deg. Amerikanerne har ikke glemt det, i Norge snakker man ikke om det. Krig er noe dirty. Man vil heller snakke om å være skånsom mot fienden. Selv begrepet «fiende» gjør de politisk korrekte urolige.

In 2004, Kyle was posted to Fallujah, west of Baghdad and a major battleground of Iraqi insurgency, and it was during the battle for that city where he made his mark.

Working from the tops of buildings, Kyle would scan a neighbourhood for insurgents. On one afternoon, he spotted a group half a mile away, on an embankment. ‘In their mind, they couldn’t be seen and were safe,’ he said. ‘They were badly mistaken.’

Working with a fellow sniper, Kyle shot three insurgents that afternoon. His partner got two.

Picking off their victims in cold blood, rather than the frenzy of a fire-fight, snipers are often regarded with distaste by other soldiers — and can expect instant death if caught by the enemy. But Kyle had no moral qualms. ‘After the first kill, the others come easy,’ he claimed bluntly.

Some of his kills in Fallujah were like something from the very darkest of black comedies.

One afternoon, he watched 16 heavily armed insurgents crossing a river using four beach balls as floats, with four men clinging onto each.

nstead of shooting the men, Kyle shot the beach balls. After he had shot the first, the men tried to swim to the others. Kyle then shot a second ball, and soon eight men were flailing in the water.

After shooting the third ball, and with most of the men unable to grab the last one, the insurgents started to drown. Kyle watched the survivors fight each other for the final ball, before he shot it. The insurgents either drowned, or were finished off by some nearby Marines.

After Fallujah, Kyle’s next killing zone was in Baghdad. It was there that he saw a teenage boy being kidnapped by gunmen. Without hesitation, Kyle picked off the kidnappers in a blur of high-precision fire. The boy seized his chance and ran.

However, it was in 2006 in Ramadi, a city in central Iraq, that Kyle gained his nickname as ‘The Legend’ from his fellow SEALs.

One day, while positioned on a roof, Kyle watched a moped coming down a street. Riding it were two men, one of whom dropped a backpack into a pothole. Realising that it contained an improvised explosive, Kyle took a shot at the speeding moped from a range of 150 yards. The bullet hit one of the riders, passed through him, and hit the other.

‘Two guys with one shot,’ Kyle proudly said. ‘The taxpayer got good bang for his buck on that one.’ Kyle’s reputation spread far, and the insurgents labelled him the ‘Devil of Ramadi’ — and they even put up a ‘wanted’ poster.

Det hører med til historien at Kyles liv fikk en tragisk slutt. Han og en kamerat tok en annen soldat med til skytebanen hjemme i Texas. Men soldaten var forstyrret, og skjøt Kyle og kameraten. Han sa det var fordi han gjerne ville ha Kyles pick-up. Tusenvis av mennesker fulgte Kyle til graven.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2916042/The-world-s-deadliest-sniper-gripping-film-life-released-one-ruthless-marksman-claimed-255-victims-died-bullet-himself.html#ixzz3PGNk0M4h