September 27, 2007

Societal Impact of Stress

Our troops are being made to pass life or death judgments even as they live in a world where panic is a daily experience. The are given no time to decompress, to gain perspective or seek counseling or supervision. The only way they can survive is to accept an attitude of, "War is hell. I want to live. Fuck everything else."
How long does it take before this conditioned response becomes part of the person's psyche and ragheads or gooks or spooks are to be swatted out of existence like flies.
This rotten war will create tens of thousands of spiritually crushed humans. We need to get ready to receive them.
Expert says findings reflect stress of war
By Rick Rogers

Only 40 percent of Marines would report a member of their unit for killing or wounding an innocent civilian, according to the military's first report on the ethics of U.S. troops in Iraq.
So, 60% of Marines are cool if their buddy kills an innocent civilian. Let that sink in. We are the good guys?
“Troops are sent to fight for their country, but when they get to the battlefield, they are fighting for their buddies,” Pike said. “I suspect that combat in Iraq is more stressful than is understood. This list of behaviors shows classic symptoms of combat stress.”
“You can't find them, yet every day you have a Humvee blown up and people hurt or killed. And then back at base camp you are getting rocketed and mortared.”
One extremely large group of citizens are going to come back home with very heavy baggage. Let's not repeat the mistakes of Vietnam and leave it up to others to take care of the veterans. It's the least we can do for the warriors.

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