When I see war on youtube or documentaries i see, mostly, men that are proud to fight for their country, but what is it they are fighting for ?..Do they actually know or are they brain washed to fight.
Young men high on testosterone are flown into countries that they need not be in, I believe and army is to defend your country form being invaded, yet the cannon fodder of your men and women seem happy to go and kill a few whom their masters have said are a risk
As these men return to their families, many reflect on what they have done and why.If soldiers felt nothing about taking the life of another human being, that would be indicative of sociopathy.
The transgression that bothered one soldier I read about from Iraq most wasn’t the carnage in the mosque that he and his fellow fighters had done, but another, even more disturbing incident, an accidental killing at a vehicle checkpoint in Iraq. The vague description this guy gave to a local television reporter is horrifying: ‘A vehicle came through that hadn’t been cleared.‘The lieutenant says: “Take them out.” He took them out. They went to the van – it was a bunch of little kids. And he had to take their bodies back to the family.’Instead of killing an armed enemy, he had, through the orders of an officer, killed several children. Accidental killing of civilians in the Iraq War, as in all wars, are much more common than you can imagine. Numbers are so high it wouldn’t benefit the military to keep accurate tabs; rigorous documentation would just fan the public relations nightmare and boost the propaganda value of the deaths for the other side.
He, like many combatants, were able to contain their guilt while still in Iraq. But when he returned home, he brought the Trojan horse with him. It was there, in the calm of these ‘safe’ surroundings, that his guilt and shame overwhelmed him.
Why is it not explained to to these new soldiers, from past soldiers what you can expect ? many returns with PTSD.
And veterans PTSD statistics get revised over time. The findings from the NVVR Study (National Vietnam Veterans' Readjustment Study, in Four Volumes) commissioned by the government in the 1980s initially found that for "Vietnam theater veterans" 15% of men had PTSD at the time of the study and 30% of men had PTSD at some point in their life. But a 2003 re-analysis found that "contrary to the initial analysis of the NVVRS data, a large majority of Vietnam Veterans struggled with chronic PTSD symptoms, with four out of five reporting recent symptoms when interviewed 20-25 years after Vietnam.
As of September 2014, there are about 2.7 million American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (compared to 2.6 million Vietnam veterans who fought in Vietnam; there are 8.2 million "Vietnam Era Veterans" (personnel who served anywhere during any time of the Vietnam War)
According to RAND, at least 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD and/or Depression. (Military counselors who have been interviewed state that, in their opinion, the percentage of veterans with PTSD is much higher.
Some 8000 US veteran commit suicide each year !