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The DoD is flirting with the idea of medicating soldiers to desensitize them to combat trauma -- will an army of unfeeling monsters result?
is it moral to weaken memories of horrendous acts a person has committed? Some would say that there is no difference between offering injured soldiers penicillin to prevent an infection and giving a drug that prevents them from suffering from a posttraumatic stress injury for the rest of their lives. Others, like Leon Kass, former chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics, object to propranolol's use on the grounds that it medicates away one's conscience.
...propranolol won't cause PTSD sufferers to forget their ghastly memories, "but it can take out the sting," says professor of psychiatry Roger K. Pitman.
One, this must be at least the fifth thread on this topic
If this drug can reduce the incidence of PTSD in the population of returning vets, then it is a good thing.
It is far better to acknowledge that horror, educate people so that they can learn from it and try and ensure it never happens again, than it is to just blot it out.
If a politician/political party/country hasn't got the guts to provide proper lifetime care for soldiers it wants to send into battle, then it shouldn't send them at all.
Originally posted by BlueRaja
As a member of the military, it is your duty to disobey an unlawful order.
An order to shoot US citizens would fall into that category, and no US military commander would go along with that. One thing that folks who ask questions like that fail to take into consideration is- members of the military are US citizens too, we're not in the military for life, we would have to live in whatever draconian fantasy that anti military types think we would willingly bring about. Soldier, Marines, etc... are not unthinking, unfeeling, unquestioning robotic killers. We have the same hopes, dreams, desires as anyone else might.
Since World War II, our military has sought and found any number of ways to override the values and belief systems recruits have absorbed from their families, schools, communities and religions.
Originally posted by lifestudent
That you don't agree with the site's politics doesn't invalidate this news.
Nothing in the evidence points to this drug creating unfeeling, monster killers, as so many articles on the internet propose. Guilt is as much a cognitive function as it is an emotional one.
It is my observation that those who oppose this law, do so purely from a political perspective. They hate the military. They hate capitalism and they hate Bush. They hate America.