30,177 Global War on Terror veterans have died by suicide, compared to 7,057 who have died while deployed

Sort of dispels that myth that war is natural.

Leah Bolger
President, World BEYOND War
Past President, Veterans For Peace
leah@worldbeyondwar.org
worldbeyondwar.org

        

On Tue, Jun 22, 2021 at 5:45 PM Gar Smith <gar.smith@earthlink.net> wrote:

Thanks, Don

This shocking statistics in this article, prompted a thought: Has anyone proposed honoring all the “unknown soldiers” who served in combat only to succumb to suicide? Has anyone proposed commissioning a statue to commemorate their sacrifice? Perhaps a soldier kneeling in despair and staring at a pistol in his/her hand?

Gar

PS: See attached. A new poster quoting Pope Francis on war-profiteering.

“Per researchers’ estimates, 30,177 Global War on Terror veterans have died by suicide, compared to 7,057 who have died while deployed in support of the Global War on Terror.”

While war violence is not “natural” for the soldiers manipulated into participating, it may well be “natural” for the psychopathically-endowed, war-profiteering “leaders” who perpetrate that manipulation but who you’ll never find anywhere close to a war zone, neither themselves nor their families (unless an accident occurs with their nuclear brinkmanship).

Coleen Rowley

Sort of dispels that myth that war is natural.

Leah Bolger
President, World BEYOND War
Past President, Veterans For Peace
leah@worldbeyondwar.org
worldbeyondwar.org

        

On Tue, Jun 22, 2021 at 5:45 PM Gar Smith <gar.smith@earthlink.net> wrote:

Thanks, Don

This shocking statistics in this article, prompted a thought: Has anyone proposed honoring all the “unknown soldiers” who served in combat only to succumb to suicide? Has anyone proposed commissioning a statue to commemorate their sacrifice? Perhaps a soldier kneeling in despair and staring at a pistol in his/her hand?

Gar

PS: See attached. A new poster quoting Pope Francis on war-profiteering.

“Per researchers’ estimates, 30,177 Global War on Terror veterans have died by suicide, compared to 7,057 who have died while deployed in support of the Global War on Terror.”
David Swanson
Until someone defines what it means for something to be natural so that there’s a test that can identify something as natural or not, it’s just a BS word and goofy for people to go back and forth declaring that this or that might be or might not be natural IMHO. I’m fine with us saying war is “not natural” but only because it’s a meaningless concept and nothing can be it, including peace.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is executive director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk World Radio. He is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and U.S. Peace Prize recipient. Longer bio and photos and videos here. Follow him on Twitter: @davidcnswanson and FaceBook, and sign up for: Activist alertsArticlesDavid Swanson newsWorld Beyond War newsCharlottesville news. Connect with WBW:
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