Having never met Mr. Kyle it is difficult to say if he was or not. He was a Christian. His book, “American Sniper”, states that he was. The book also talks much about his commitment to his job as a Seal. He had no problem with killing the “bad guys” as he referred to them. For those sitting in Springfield, Missouri and enjoying our nice middle class life style killing is thought of as wrong.
The question is how did he feel about war? He refers to wanting to get back to Iraq where the war is. He speaks of having to leave his platoon for medical attention as being something he delayed for as long as he possibly could. His desire was to serve his country. The points he makes in the book are that war is necessary to maintain our freedoms. Killing the bad guys is preferred to their killing him or his boys first.
He wanted to become a Seal because they were specialized fighters. He saw their mission as one of safety and advantage for the other forces that went in after them. If he performed his duties properly, fewer Americans or coalition forces would die. He became a sniper not to kill more enemy, but save more friends. In Chris’ mind he was part of the defense. To keep his family and friends safe, the people who wanted to kill us must die before they could do what they wanted.
When Mr. Kyle left the military, he continue to train others in military tactics that were learned from combat experience. He was a thoughtful man and that is probably why his second book was a history of the United States through looking at weaponry that was used in our different wars. If it is as honest as the first book, it will be an interesting read. More on that to come.
Mr. Eastwood (the director of American Sniper the movie) and Jason Hall, who wrote the script, both want the movie to be against war. They did not want to glamorize death. The attempt was to honestly show the struggles of the fighting man and his family. The movie is successful, if you walk away understanding why Chris had to leave each time and how hard it was for his wife and children to see him go knowing he might not return to them alive.
War is not something to be desired. As his book illustrates for those who have never had to fight, the nightmare does not end with the battles. It takes a toll on our military personnel and their families. Pray for the Kyle family as they endeavor to struggle on without Chris and remember all of our fighting men and women who probably agree with Mr. Eastwood, but do their jobs anyway.