Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and the Sin-Eaters

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One of my friends wrote about her experience after seeing the film, Lone Survivor, where Marcus Luttrell documents how his fellow Navy SEAL were killed in Operation Redwing in Afghanistan.

Andrea writes:

In his book, Luttrell takes on the Left and the Left media. He doesn’t spare any words in his disgust for them. You’ll see it in the movie’s dialog too, when the four-man SEAL team has to decide on what to do with the three Afghanis they capture on the mountain.

Spoiler alert: The SEALs let the Afghanis live.

One could believe that these fighting men, trained to deal with just about any circumstances refused to deal with the consequences of killing their captives.

In contemplating this, and what would I do, I was reminded of a scene in the film The Bourne Legacy.

In the scene, the character Eric Byer — retired Air Force colonel responsible for overseeing the CIA’s clandestine activities played by Edward Norton — explains to the film’s protagonist, CIA operative Aaron Ross played by Jeremy Renner:

“You know what we are…we are the sin-eaters.”

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