More US military personnel have taken their OWN lives than have died in action

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Here is a shocking statistic that you won’t hear in most western news media: over the past nine years, more US military personnel have taken their own lives than have died in action in either the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. These are official figures from the US Department of Defence, yet somehow they have not been deemed newsworthy to report. Last year alone, more than 330 serving members of the US armed forces committed suicide – more than the 320 killed in Afghanistan and the 150 who fell in Iraq (see wsws.org).

Since 2001, when Washington launched its so-called war on terror, there has been a dramatic year-on-year increase in US military suicides, particularly in the army, which has borne the brunt of fighting abroad. Last year saw the highest total number since such records began in 1980. Prior to 2001, the suicide rate in the US military was lower than that for the general US population; now, it is nearly double the national average.

A growing number of these victims have been deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. What these figures should tell us is that there is something fundamentally deranged about Washington’s “war on terror” – which is probably why western news media prefer to ignore the issue. How damning is it about such military campaigns that the number of US soldiers who take their own lives outnumber those killed by enemy combatants.

What is even more disturbing is that the official figures only count victims of suicide among serving personnel. Not included are the many more veterans – officially classed a civilians – who take their own lives.

Most likely, these deaths are reported in some small-town newspaper in “a brief” news item with no context or background as to what drove these individuals to take their own lives. It is estimated that the suicide rate among veterans demobbed from fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq is as high as four times the national average. The US Department of Veteran Affairs calculates that over 6,000 former service personnel commit suicide every year.

Many of these men have come home to a country they have fought for only to find no jobs, their homes repossessed by banks that have enjoyed trillion-dollar bailouts and broken relationships.

Meanwhile, President Obama – the erstwhile peace candidate – has taken on the role of Commander in Chief with gusto, telling his countrymen and women that they are fighting a “just war” to “defend American lives”. Only a year ago, he was campaigning for the presidency on a ticket to end such wars. Now, more than his predecessor, George W Bush, Obama is committing to wars without end. How soul-destroying is that for a grunt holed up in a bunker, with his young family back home probably telling him that they have just signed up for food stamps? In their guts, these US soldiers must know – as many other ordinary people around the world do – that these wars are nothing but a desperate, pathological bid by a dying power to salvage its crumbling empire – an empire that enriches a tiny elite and impoverishes the majority. Is it any wonder that many of them simply lose the will to live?

Source:
http://orwellsdreams.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/more-us-military-personnel-have-taken-their-own-lives-than-have-died-in-action-a-sign-of-empire-pathology/

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  • Math
  • April 14, 2010, 3:25 am
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    I just gave this a + 3 and it brought it to "0" ... WTF > ? who is down-rating shit and not at least expressing their opinion ? how cowardly is that ?

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    Yank fact taken on board!
    It is now 20:00 and clear skies 7 degrees C at dusk.

    • Math
    • April 14, 2010, 10:09 am
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    I agree for a war there is very few casualties (which is good in a war kind of way). I have already lost a brother in law in Iraq and another has just this week returned safe and well from Afghan.

    • Math
    • April 14, 2010, 10:24 am
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    That is a position I myself have never been in, therefore I will never be able to comment on it or I cannot say that I understand.

    • Math
    • April 14, 2010, 10:33 am
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    the bottom line is that our own media does NOT tell us the real deal because it is completely controlled and biased. MOST times the only way to get the real deal is to look overseas for media coverage about our involvement. Thank you Math, for this. I appreciate someone who is intelligent and caring enough to think about showing the truth to those who would keep it buried.

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    Yeah these things happen. They don't actually read the post!

    • Math
    • April 14, 2010, 2:33 pm
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    I can totally understand how people see us as stupid.....we are pretty fucking stupid at times, and the stereotype makes sense. GOD forbid , someone post something intelligent and informative (even if its about a touchy subject) - If we dont agree with it or understand it - FUCK IT.... lets blow it up , imprison it , or try to make everyone feel the same as us...... Wow.

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    As sad as that is, they aren't victims. While I think we do need to pull out, because the war has become pointless, and the stress is causing these soldiers to do this, the government is not lining them up and shooting them. It's their own choice.

    • Ertrov
    • June 26, 2010, 2:18 pm
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    I find this pretty sad and revealing. But I have to ask: "dying power"? "Salvage its crumbling empire"? WTF?

    To the best of my knowledge, the US is as strong as ever - not that that should matter much considering the Internet age seems to be helping form a worldwide community where people tend to talk to each other instead of fight each other.

    And seriously, when were we ever an empire? We've never taken or asked for any more land than it takes to run a base or bury our fallen soldiers.

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    bad post spin dr.

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    Facts are facts?
    Why the bad post bit, I thought you yanks would like to know!

    • Math
    • April 14, 2010, 7:06 am
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    once again math i will ask as nice as i can don't call us yanks. i am from the south, we are the anti-yanks.
    lets do a little fact experiment. now in mobile alabama its 1pm and sunny. thats a fact. whats the time and weather like by you?

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    how can that be? its 1300 here but its 2000 there. is one of us lying or is it our point of view? one of the few gems comeing out of the wars the US is fighting is that casualties are at a all time record low. with casualties at an all time record low then what is killing my boys? well the article is correct but i feel like its looking from the wrong point of view, hence the spin doctor (not sure if that term has any meaning across the pond). everything this article says is true, i just feel a lot is left out. i truly hope you understand the point i am trying to make, if not let me know and i will do what i can to help you see my point of view.

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    thank God they got back. i did 2 Afghan tours before i had enough. i pray for my and your boys every night. i can understand why so many take their own lifes. every night when i am in bed i get to relive all the mistakes i made, or think about everything i could had done. seeing some one die, holding some one during their last breath will change you. it did me.

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    Like my father before me i flew choppers. you will never see a smile as big as a grunt when he see's you comeing in to take him home. you will never be more lonely when haveing to clean your bird. i always helped my cheif clean my bird. blood does not come out easly.

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