After leaving his service as a Navy SEAL and publishing his
memoir, Chris Kyle started mentoring other veterans with PTSD. As the
movie mentions in its conclusion, Chris Kyle was killed by another
veteran, a Marine. Are Marines not sheepdogs? Or did Kyle’s killer turn
into a wolf? Most importantly, as the analogy goes, why couldn’t Kyle
tell the difference?
Because the analogy is simplistic, and in its simplicity,
dangerous. It divides the world into black and white, into a
good-versus-evil struggle that the real world doesn’t match. We aren’t
divided into sheep, sheepdogs, and wolves. We are all humans.
Ask Michael Brown. Ask Eric Garner.
Ask Chris Kyle.