My Opinion on the Reason for High Suicide Rates Among People in the MilitarySubmitted by dwalters on Fri, 12/28/2012 - 14:24
Reason: It has been difficult for the central government to demonize the enemy sufficiently with the flow of information present in modern times.
Would anyone feel bad enough to commit suicide after killing a person that raped their child? Probably not.
Would anyone feel bad enough to commit suicide after killing a person that murdered their wife or husband? Probably not.
Would anyone feel bad enough to commit suicide after killing a person that was in the act of robbing them? Probably not.
Would anyone feel bad enough to commit suicide after killing a person halfway around the world that they never knew and that potentially never tried to specifically harm them, their family, or their property? It seems so.
This is not the fault of the soldiers that thought they were doing right by their country. This is the fault of people that spread and use lies to further their agenda by placing others' lives on the line for nefarious purposes. This is the fault of people who make financial and academic promises to ambitious youths in order to dupe them into killing in their name.
If I were in the military, I would leave as soon as my contract expired. If I were thinking about joining the military, I would reconsider after analyzing the motives of the central government and how they haphazardly enter into offensive wars.
These things are difficult to realize while still in the military. As a testament, Major General Smedley Butler - the recipient of two Congressional Medals of Honor and the most decorated Marine in U.S. history - voiced the following realization after his departure:
"I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents."
I encourage everyone concerned to read War is a Racket - a short 15 page booklet written by Smedley Darlington Butler in 1935.
In addition, please consider the speech made by Charlie Chaplin at the end of the movie The Great Dictator:
And to those considering suicide, the best advice I ever heard on the matter came from a man that I only knew as Drill Sargent Dixon - "Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary situation." You were placed in a bad situation and did what you thought you had to do. Please forgive yourself and take care of your loved ones. They still need you.
I do not speak from experience, but I can only imagine what you have been through.