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160 of our own military personnel have committed suicide ... in addition to the over 3,000 casualties of war. When does this end? And why is it not a
daily topic of discussion? [Updated to 4,122 KIA as of 10/21/'08.
www.globalsecurity.org...] [On Army suicides, see Foot Note below.]
If anyone still cares to know what happened in Iraq in ‘03 and ‘04, to get us to where we are today, I recommend a book entitled “The Prince
of the Marshes and Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq
” by Rory Stewart, OBE, the British Acting Governor headquartered in al Amarah,
capital of Maysan, a province near Basra. 2006. RC63621.
Stewart was born of Scottish parents in Hong Kong and grew up in Malaysia and Vietnam. He was educated at Oxford and was a tutor for the two princes,
William and Henry, the sons of Princess Diana. The 2 princes are second and third in line of succession to the British throne after their father,
Charles, the Prince of Wales.
Stewart joined the Foreign Office and served in Indonesia and Montenegro before his assignment to Iraq. He came to Harvard in ‘04 as a Fellow at the
Center for Human Rights after completing his tour in Iraq. He currently (2008) lives in Kabul and is the head of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, a
not for profit NGO working to re-establish the arts and crafts industry in Afghanistan. Stewart is passingly familiar with French, Persian - say Farsi
- Indonesian, Serbo-Croat, Urdu and Nepali languages.
In his book, he described in detail the unbelievable disconnect between the L. Paul Bremer CPA - Coalition Provisional Authority - and the reality on
the ground in Iraq. He describes how the initial planning for post-invasion operations in Iraq were done at the Pentagon without real time
consultation with any of the Coalition Forces generals on the ground. Many of the young people who came out from W-DC lacked good judgment or
linguistic qualifications. Most were graduated from “born again” colleges which seemed to be their primary qualification. Say Hello Sarah
Palin. Come quick Sweet Jesus!
WASHINGTON (CNN) Every day, five U.S. soldiers try to kill themselves. Before the Iraq war began, that figure was less than one suicide attempt a day.
The dramatic increase is revealed in new U.S. Army figures, which show 2,100 soldiers tried to commit suicide in 2007. "Suicide attempts are rising
and have risen over the last five years," said Elspeth Cameron-Ritchie an Army psychiatrist.
Concern over the rate of suicide attempts prompted Sen. Jim Webb, D-VA, to introduce legislation Thursday to improve the military's
suicide-prevention programs. "Our troops and their families are under unprecedented levels of stress due to the pace and frequency of more than five
years of deployments," Webb said in a written statement
Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA, spoke Thursday on the Senate floor urging more help for military members, especially for those returning from war. "Our
brave service members who face deployment after deployment without the rest, recovery and treatment they need are at the breaking point," Murray
She said Congress has given "hundreds of millions of dollars" to the military to improve its ability to provide mental health treatment, but said
it will take more than money to resolve the problem. "It takes leadership and it takes a change in the culture of war," she said. She said some
soldiers had reported receiving nothing more than an 800 number to call for help.
According to Army statistics, the incidence of soldiers attempting suicide or inflicting injuries on themselves has skyrocketed in the nearly five
years since the start of the Iraq war. Last year's 2,100 attempted suicides -- an average of more than 5 per day -- compares with about 350 suicide
attempts in 2002, the year before the war in Iraq began, according to the Army.
[edit on 10/21/2008 by donwhite]