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Challenging Our Thinking About Military Service And War

By Paul Rockwell

Moral courage - "requires the bearer to walk away from the warm embrace of comradeship and denounce the myth of war as a fraud, to name it as an enterprise of death and immorality, to condemn himself, and those around him, as killers. It requires the bearer to become an outcast."

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23987.htm



God, the Army, and PTSD

Is religion an obstacle to treatment?

By Tara McKelvey

The trauma of war seems to be especially acute for men and women whose faith in a benevolent God is challenged by the carnage they have witnessed.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23990.htm



The Degradation of America's Military is Taking a Toll

By Digital Journal

Because America's military is morally bankrupt, soldiers and their families have become expendable.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23992.htm



U.S. Army Underreporting Suicides, Says GI Advocacy Group

By Dahr Jamail

"I see the ugly," Luther told IPS. "I see soldiers beating their wives and trying to kill themselves all the time, and most folks don't want to look at this, including the military."

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23994.htm



The Real Story Of The Terrorist "Mad Doctor Hasan"

By Jeff Gates

When Army Major Nidal Hasan killed U.S. troops on the nation's largest military base, was this evidence of "militant Islam"? Or did this military psychiatrist snap under pressure while treating returning vets on a base averaging ten suicides a month? Is there an undisclosed agenda behind those seeking to portray this act as the work of "Islamo fascists"?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23991.htm

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CounterPunch
by Bruce Patterson

01/07/10

2,600 years ago the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu wrote, ‘Victory in war is a funeral procession.’ As a young boy in Vietnam, I won my victory and I shuffled in the procession. Beginning in the spring of 1968 I spent three months in various military hospitals and during that time I saw a ghoul’s gallery of the hide­ously wounded. I saw the psychological impacts of physical mutilation and how phony the distinction is between the two. If you wish to experience not just ‘trauma’ but real pain and suffering, whack your thumb with a roofer’s hammer. Smash you[r] thumb and see how that affects your psychological well-being. Now imagine taking three machine gun rounds through the belly and surviving. Imagine getting your jaw and nose blown off and surviving. When you’re young and looking forward to a lifetime of pain, disability and poverty, wearing your battlefield Badges of Honor doesn’t feel like such a privilege. Almost inevitably, PTSD is the result...

http://counterpunch.org/patterson01072010.html


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