First the suicides have been increasing due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Then the abuse of injured soldiers at Ft Sill. Now they are sending mentally unfit and psychologically impaired soldiers into combat.
The Hartford Courant reported that suicide prone and other mental afflictions that American military personnel were encountering were not being treated professionally but instead these patients were forced to return to combat in an unjust and immoral war. Military personnel afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorders are equally shunned and shoved into battle conditions that induced the disorder to begin with. The military is having difficulty in recruiting new cannon fodder for the Democratic-Republican Axis of Evil desire to establish geostrategic supremacy in the Middle East. These soldiers should be home and cared for by mental-health professionals and not forced to fight with such dire incapacities. Where is the honour and the decency that this nation claims to represent?
As Vera Shara of the Alliance for Human Research Protection succinctly stated: "I can't imagine something more irresponsible than putting a soldier suffering from stress on anti-depressants, when you know these drugs can cause people to become suicidal and homicidal. Your're creating chemically activated time bombs."
I have always felt that those who oppose war are more pro-soldier than those who order, train and send them into battle. I have long believed the military could care less about its soldiers–lack of body armour, horrible pay, inhumane training, and public suppression of their return by caskets to Dover and only occasional video of their injuries as casualties of war. As Donald Rumsfeld, secretary of defence, stated when a soldier complained about the lack of protective armour on their Humvees: "You have to go to war with the army you have." A rather dismissive and arrogant riposte to a demand for protection from roadside bombs and other improvised explosive devices. This statement was when the SecDef was in Kuwait and responded to a question in December 2004 by Army Spc. Thomas Wilson of the 278th Regimental Combat Team, a Tennessee National Guard outfit. He should have been fired for that anti-military, anti-soldier remark!!
I challenge those who are comfortable in their homes and occupations in the U.S. to demonstrate why supporting this unjust and criminal war with its 2500 K.I.A. is emblematic of greater patriotism than those who opposed this war from the beginning and knew it would be an egregious waste of American and Iraqi lives: now we have a military that is virtually insensitive to the plight and needs of its own soldiers as I have chronicled on this website.
And President Saddam Hussein is on trial for his life for war crimes and the American criminal leadership avoids any accountability. The military that they send to die for nothing is also ironically their "Swiss Guard" that inoculates them from the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and other international tribunals that seek to establish some legal accountability for international breaches of the peace and war crimes.