Just Plain Foolish

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Is anyone really surprised?

The DoD has released some selected parts of a study of battlefield ethics. Some of the results include a finding that all too many of our soldiers have been so brutalized by this war that they support practices such as torture. Completely unsurprisingly, servicemembers who had been deployed longer than 6 months or repeatedly were more likely to screen positive for mental health issues.

The time has more than come to find real solutions and to stop this abuse of the people who have sworn to serve and protect us.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Lorcan said...

The sad thing, is that some folks who support torture, are safly tucked away in offices, wearing suits and surounded by law books... I met a few at my reunion this weekend...

oh my
lor

5/07/2007 9:25 AM  
Blogger Plain Foolish said...

Every time I hear someone justify torture, I wonder, would they be willing to be the one standing there in the torture chamber with the instruments of torture in their hands. Not nearly so "clean" as the books they use to support thier position.

And sadly, the answer for some is yes, they would be willing to personally harm a fellow human being. Oh, how far down the path of violence we walk when we mark someone off as less than human.

5/07/2007 11:03 AM  
Blogger Canine Diamond said...

They had to do a study to figure that out?? Man, somebody has a cushy job . . . Or, rather, somebody is completely out of touch with the reality of war.

I'm sorry; I'm about as removed from this as anyone can be and I still was under the impression that having to go through whatever they are having to go through over there should be assumed to cause some whopping psychological damage. If there are still people out there to whom that did not occur, well . . . I just don't know what to say.

5/07/2007 2:15 PM  

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