Thursday, September 12, 2013

Military Unable to Stop Suicide Epidemic from Getting Worse

Apparently, the US military-industrial complex and the Pentagon are unable to decrease the epidemic of soldier suicides that are occurring, with 177 soldiers killing themselves, which is only one more than the 176 killed on war zones.

The Guardian reports: "Across all branches of the US military and the reserves, a similar disturbing trend was recorded. In all, 349 service members took their own lives in 2012, while a lesser number, 295, died in combat. Shocking though those figures are, they are as nothing compared with the statistic to which Busbee technically belongs. He had retired himself from the army just two months before he died, and so is officially recorded at death as a veteran – one of an astonishing 6,500 former military personnel who killed themselves in 2012, roughly equivalent to one every 80 minutes."

Is this what John Hagee and all the other conservative Christian Republicans want? Well, whether or not this is true (it isn't; they just want to "defend our freedoms" by growing the state through war), this is going to happen until these unjust wars stop. Perhaps the man who killed the overrated Chris Kyle had guilty feelings about his actions in the Iraq War. Perhaps the soldiers who commit suicide have guilty feelings about participating in the immoral, illegal and unconstitutional wars that the Bush administration started and that the Obama administration has continued (with the exception of Iraq, which Obama wanted to continue but was prevented from doing so due to a deadline set before).

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