Military Suicides – A Sign of Empire Pathology

Did you know that there are more soldiers who have committed suicide than those who have died in battle?  This article, released earlier this year, is fairly shocking.

From Global Research:

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

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.

[Read more at Global Research]

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  • Hadrian999

    I think the cause goes much deeper than the article suggests, some of these men and women have had their entire sense of self stolen, you take an idealistic young person, maybe they've always wanted to be a soldier,
    and they finally are, the hero fighting for truth and justice, trying to make the world a better place, then they go to war, they see and sometimes do terrible things, when the get home away from all the trappings of military life
    the illusion starts to crack and they are left with the realization that the person they have always been was a lie, and that they are really just hired enforcers for a large syndicate. can you imagine what that would to a one time true believer?

  • GoodDoktorBad

    We're killing ourselves faster than the “evil terrorists” can. Could it be that a life of murder, mayhem and constant fear is a life not worth living for some?

    While Coalition Military fatalities in Iraq are 4708 and 1723 in Afghanistan, I can't seem to find any reliable info on Insurgent and civilian deaths. The estimates vary but one thing is for sure, they number in the hundreds of thousands. When you look at the ratio between “us” and “them”, it looks less like a war, more like a massacre. Here, it is relativly peaceful and hard to fathom, unless of course you are a vet who had to live through it. Who knows what I or anyone else may do under similar circumstances? Its hard to say. What I can say is: Had I participated in making that “us” and “them” death ratio a reality, I don't think I could feel good about it. In fact I'd probably feel pretty bad…..suicidal? Who knows….

    Here is a source for some interesting, if not morbid statistics:

    http://icasualties.org/

  • oman28

    I've never been to war so I can only imagine the horrific environment that these young men have to survive in.
    The military machine employs a “hive mentality” where the mind is stripped of any individuality and conditioned to act for the “unit” not the self. Decision making is lowly prioritised and the mind is de-sensitised to the consequences of extreme violence.
    This places immense stress on the individual when they conlude that what they are doing is wrong. Murder and slaughter (but not killing) go against deep human nature. The military machine does not, indeed can not offer a way out.
    For some suicide is an seemingly the only option

  • radiac

    okay, i am seriously bummed out now

  • Anonymous

    I was there I also felt like taking my life more than once and it had nothing to do with what I did in Iraqi. I came home ended up disabled unable to support my family and denied disablilty from the VA. When VA doctors deemed me disable unemployable. I tried to work, came home to my bank job. I didn’t last two months with my brain damage. I did construction till I couldn’t sleep at night from pain or get out the bed cause I couldn’t move. The whole time over come with PTSD which drove everyone I loved out my life. I spent four months in the hospital where my wife visited me once so she could serve me divorce papers. Not before losing my house to foreclosure. She had to sell my car to pay bills while I was in Iraqi. It has been four years since I have been home and only given 10% disablilty from the VA. I do get SSD but its only 750 a month. After they take out money for my student loans. I beleive the VA hopes I commit suicide so they don’t have to pay my claim. Some people say thats a stretch but they know I am proven medically disable. I don’t know how they get away with it. It has to be something I don’t know about. Its ashame they get away with it. It reminds me when I got really ill while in kuwait. I had sometime of bacteria in my blood stream. I was very ill when I went to the TMC(troop medical center) which was still a combat zone. Said I had some type of stomach virus, without doing a exam. Over the next couple of weeks I kept going back because it got worse and worse. Finally they did a exam, I had to be medivac out by the time I made it to the naval hospital I had not ate for two weeks and could not even sip water without throwing up. I was on my death bed I had spit up a gallon of dark blood. I was told the reason that the TMC didn’t give me exams was the 1st Sgt told the TMC not to give out sick days I was faking it. He almost got me killed because the pea brain didn’t want half breed kid from New York to miss a day of work. Thats what this country thinks of us. I am broken now the can’t get anothers day work out of me. Thats only one time I was almost killed. Not even from the enemy my own 1st Sgt almost killed me. I never blamed the Army for that it rest on that mans shoulders. But now when my life has been destroyed. The Army isn’t coming to my aide. The VA isn’t doing nothing. It’s funny no one does anything. I wrote the President my congressman my senator and my local command.

  • randywilkerson

    I was there I also felt like taking my life more than once and it had nothing to do with what I did in Iraqi. I came home ended up disabled unable to support my family and denied disablilty from the VA. When VA doctors deemed me disable unemployable. I tried to work, came home to my bank job. I didn't last two months with my brain damage. I did construction till I couldn't sleep at night from pain or get out the bed cause I couldn't move. The whole time over come with PTSD which drove everyone I loved out my life. I spent four months in the hospital where my wife visited me once so she could serve me divorce papers. Not before losing my house to foreclosure. She had to sell my car to pay bills while I was in Iraqi. It has been four years since I have been home and only given 10% disablilty from the VA. I do get SSD but its only 750 a month. After they take out money for my student loans. I beleive the VA hopes I commit suicide so they don't have to pay my claim. Some people say thats a stretch but they know I am proven medically disable. I don't know how they get away with it. It has to be something I don't know about. Its ashame they get away with it. It reminds me when I got really ill while in kuwait. I had sometime of bacteria in my blood stream. I was very ill when I went to the TMC(troop medical center) which was still a combat zone. Said I had some type of stomach virus, without doing a exam. Over the next couple of weeks I kept going back because it got worse and worse. Finally they did a exam, I had to be medivac out by the time I made it to the naval hospital I had not ate for two weeks and could not even sip water without throwing up. I was on my death bed I had spit up a gallon of dark blood. I was told the reason that the TMC didn't give me exams was the 1st Sgt told the TMC not to give out sick days I was faking it. He almost got me killed because the pea brain didn't want half breed kid from New York to miss a day of work. Thats what this country thinks of us. I am broken now the can't get anothers day work out of me. Thats only one time I was almost killed. Not even from the enemy my own 1st Sgt almost killed me. I never blamed the Army for that it rest on that mans shoulders. But now when my life has been destroyed. The Army isn't coming to my aide. The VA isn't doing nothing. It's funny no one does anything. I wrote the President my congressman my senator and my local command.

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