posted on Jan, 1 2004 @ 04:11 PM
Originally posted by Bushed
Army's suicide rate has outside
"Suicide experts with military backgrounds say the 20 suicides in the Iraq conflict are a high number. Using the military's 12-month rate of a dozen
suicides for each 100,000 soldiers, self-inflicted deaths this year in Iraq should amount to no more than 13 at this point, according to Dr. Paul
Ragan, who was a Navy psychiatrist for 11 years and is a Vanderbilt University associate professor.
Last year, the Army reported a 12-month suicide rate of 11.1 for each 100,000 soldiers and is expected to report 12 for each 100,000 this year,
matching the military's overall rate.
The current count of 20, with the Army investigating more deaths as possible suicides, is worrisome . . ."
Why is this fact not making the headlines at Fox News!
I was just thinking about this very thing earlier today. BushCo. can't let anyone in our media discuss this issue, Bushed. You know why. That would
be BAD PR!
Can't have that insidious subject be on the table for discussion. Someone might just stop and ask the all important question...
What do we attribute this tragic rise in self-inflicted death to? What is
causing our brave men and women to take their own lives at such an
appallingly high rate? Could it be because of the dispicable way in which our troops are being treated? Could it be because of the madness of the
entire situation? Getting shot at from all mysterious sides? Being told they cannot go home for an indefinite amount of time? Maybe that they cannot
ETS when they were promised? Could it be that their environment is hellish in the extreme with no relief in sight? What of their unanswered personal
problems back in the world?
If our government actually acknowledged this issue in a fair and forthright manner, they would have to then come up with solutions to the problem. The
Bush administration, remember, is living in a bizarre parallel universe, where everything is peachy and the knowns and unknowns are known, or unknown,
as it were.
The government needs get serious, for the sake of our troops and veterans. Who gives a shyte who looks bad. We need to get to the bottom of this and
rectify what is driving troops to such horrific ends. For their sacrifice, it's the least we can do.