People here have ideas for both sides... but I have seen people blow themselves up to kill others along with themselves. Makes one wonder where from had the mastersminds learned to make them do that. People say that Al-Qaeda used this method in Iraq and from them the Talibans (both Afghan and Pakistani) got the 'technology' of creating suicide-bombers. But how did Al-Qaeda develop or learn it? Any ideas?
Brainwashed? i would say any form of cultural conditioning that convinces someone that killing is the "right" thing to do is akin to 'brainwashing' .
Any soldier, anywhere, , however good his intentions, has been culturally conditioned to be a killer.
As I was reading the other posts, I was thinking the same thing you posted--soldiers are conditioned to accept the killing of another as something that might be mandatory.
Fortunately I ended up in the medical end of the US Army, rather than the infantry end.
We were all trained and conditioned to kill, should the need arise. Fortunately, it never arose for me.