Something is obviously amis in Afghanistan. Of course, I don’t think there is anyone who wishes we would just turn this desert space into a permanent outpost. Let’s face it, we all wish we could just bring all our soldiers home and call it good. That is not the case, and it looks as if we are still going to be there for a while.
However, there is something wrong here. Burning Korans, and other Islamic religious material, urinating on dead bodies, and mass killings. All by American servicemen, not contract warriors. Something is wrong.
What really bothers me is the most recent event. A soldier goes off the deep end and we later find out that he has a closed head injury, and has been wounded on several occasions. it is all too obvious what happened here, but what happened is not as much the issue as to how and why it was ever able to happen in the first place. Any soldier with a serious head injury should be removed from service, regardless if there is not visible evidence of a serious or impending neurological problem. It is obvious there was because all of his buddies are saying they can not comprehend his committing such an act. He seemed OK until he apparently snapped one day in response to a friend of his being killed.
I am not excusing his actions by any means. But I am questioning the Military wisdom of not dealing with this possibility of occurence. There is no excuse for urinating on dead bodies, there is no excuse for American soldiers torturing Afghanistan prisoners or any other prisoner for that matter. It is all too obvious that something went wrong in the chain of command when it came to burning of Islamic religious materials.
I think it is time for the United States to deal more seriously with the problems that are plaguing this long war and the impact it has on soldiers. Soldiers, I might add, who happen to be human beings. You don’t just lock out blood and gore. You don’t just come home and wipe out the stench of burned bodies. You don’t just wipe away the memories of friends who were one moment next to you in a fox hole. and a moment later are vaporized into a cloud of nothing. This traumatic witness is burned into ones memory never to go away. There is no off switch.
Yes, there is something seriously wrong, and it is time we begin dealing with the reality of war. The military as well as veterans hospitals can no longer ignore the realities that face these warriors who come home with burned memories that will not go away. There must be support, and policies addressing the wounded going back into action should be re-evaluated as well.
But that takes “We The People”, to deal with. That means we as a citizen have to respond, and make it clear that our servicemen and women deserve better than what they are getting. They are our heroes. They should be treated as such.
That’s my point of view. What say you? I look forward to your response. Untill then;
Have a great day and as usual…………….God Bless America!