Well, I was simply paraphrasing a one hour special I saw on military H2H on Discovery several years ago, therefore some of my detail may be lost. OTOH, I do not see why the example they gave of pressing a button to drop a bomb from a plane is a bad example. You're killing people but you're not close enough to see their reactions, thus the effect is not personalized in any way. As you get closer, it gets more personal. In my book the analogy was perfect.
Originally posted by PizDoff
"The further you get away from someone, the easier it is to kill. For example, dropping a bomb from a plane entails very little to no stress."
But the rest of your post is fairly accurate.
A retired (I think a general) guy from the States (correct me if I'm wrong) did a study to find out how many of the soldiers actually fired their rifles at a another human. This was a vet of the WW1. With these findings they altered the way they trained (analogy anywhere?) to be more effected. They more closely simulated firing at a human......
Crap I forgot a lot but over the years, up from WW1 more soldiers ACTUALLY fired their rifles as the years progressed.