THE answer to Suicide in the Military: QUESTION WAR

Photo taken by Baikonur / wikimedia commons*

Photo taken by Baikonur / wikimedia commons*

More help for our soldiers is just not enough.

The solution is : NO MORE WARS.

WAR is HORROR

Apocalypse Now – Ride of the Valkyries

Apocalypse Now – Colonel Kurtz’s Monologue

Transcript:

I’d never seen a man so broken up and… ripped apart.

I’ve seen the horrors, horrors that you’ve seen.
But you have no right to call me a murderer, you have a right to kill me.
You have a right to do that. But you have no right to judge me.
It’s impossible for words… to describe what is necessary… to those… who do not know what horror means.

Horror.
Horror has a face.
An you must make a friend of horror.
Horror and moral terror are your friends.
If they are not, then they are enemies to be feared.
They are truly enemies.

I remember when I was with Special Forces.
Seems a thousand centuries ago.
We went into a camp to inoculate… some children.
We’d left the camp after we had inoculated the children for polio.
This old man came running after us, and he was crying, he couldn’t say.
We went back there… and they had come and hacked off… every inoculated arm.
There they were, in a pile, a pile of… little arms.
And I remember…

I, I, I cried, I wept like… some grandmother.
I wanted to tear my teeth out. I didn’t know what I wanted to do.
And I want to remember it. I never want to forget it.
I never want to forget.

And then I realized… like I was shot– like I was shot with a diamond–a diamond bullet right through my forehead. And I thought, “My God, the genius of that”.
The genius, the will to do that. Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure.
And then I realized… they were stronger than me because they could stand it.

These were not monsters. These were men… trained cadres.
These men who fought with their heart, who have families, who have children,
who are filled with love… that they had the strength– the strength to do that.

If I had ten divisions of those men…then our troubles here would be over very quickly.
You have to have men who are moral and at the same time utilize their primordial instincts to kill without feeling, without passion, without judgment… without judgment because it’s judgment that defeats us.

I worry that my son might not understand what I’ve tried to be. And if I were to be killed, Willard I would want someone to go my home… and tell my son everything. everything I did, everything you saw. Because there’s nothing that I detest more than… the stench of lies. And if you understand me, Willard, you… you will do this for me.

***

“When the government signs on for a war, like the war in Afghanistan, they know there are reasonably foreseeable consequences of what’s going to happen as a result of this war. People are going to die. People are going to be injured  (…)” (1)

Soldiers victims of post-traumatic stress?

THEY have seen “the face of HORROR“.

 

Source: (1) http://ca.news.yahoo.com/soldier-attempts-suicide-being-told-ptsd-end-military-214349329.html

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