Saturday, December 29, 2012

Staggering Suicide Numbers For American and Israeli Military



The Israeli ministry for military affairs recently reported that the number of Israeli soldiers who committed suicide exceeds that of those killed in battles. 

It has long been known that there are more veterans who end up committing suicide than there are who actually die on the battlefield.

This fact has been so unsettling for many people in the mainstream because it exposes the true nature of what war is all about.

In the past month, numbers have been released from both the US Army and the Israeli Military highlighting the severity and frequency of this problem.

It was reported by Press TV that an average of 40 Israeli soldiers per year took their lives between the years of 1990 and 2000.  The article also said that:
“The official data regarding the suicide rate had been released for the first time by an unknown Israeli blogger, who was later investigated by Israeli police.  The blogger also found out that the real number of suicides in the Israeli army had been much greater than what the official data show.
The Israeli newspaper Maariv published an article in 2003, saying that suicide had been the number one cause of death in the Israeli army.  The Israeli ministry for military affairs recently reported that the number of Israeli soldiers who committed suicide exceeds that of those killed in battles.”
In the US military which is much more densely populated the numbers are far higher.  This month numbers were released from the Army showing a staggering number of suicides among soldiers.


“During November, among active-duty soldiers, there were 12 potential suicides:  one has been confirmed as a suicide and 11 remain under investigation.  For October, the Army reported 20 potential suicides among active-duty soldiers; since the release of that report, one case has been removed for a total of 19 cases: nine have been confirmed as suicides and 10 remain under investigation.  For 2012, there have been 177 potential active-duty suicides:  113 have been confirmed as suicides and 64 remain under investigation.  Active-duty suicide number for 2011: 165 confirmed as suicides and no cases under investigation.”
The underlying problem here, the bottom line, is that human beings are not cut out for the kind of carnage that plays out on the battlefield.
Despite the cultural mythology surrounding human nature, and the dark history of subjugation that has plagued humanity for centuries, violence has a very traumatic impact on the human consciousness.
These people are suffering through a very traumatic time in their life, where they need to work through their issues and face their demons head on before coming to terms with what they have experienced.
To cover up these issues and act like these veterans have no good reason to be depressed is to bury them even deeper in their trauma and increase their risk of depression and suicide.


237 Israeli soldiers committed suicide in ten years: Report
Israeli soldiers (file photo)
Israeli soldiers (file photo)

At least 237 Israeli soldiers have committed suicide over the past ten years, a report says.


According to secret data released by the Israeli military, an average of 24 troops decide to take their own lives every year, Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Thursday. 

According to the report, an annual average of 40 Israeli army forces also killed themselves between 1990 and 2000.

The official data regarding the suicide rate had been released for the first time by an unknown Israeli blogger, who was later investigated by Israeli police. 

The blogger also found out that the real number of suicides in the Israeli army had been much greater than what the official data show. 

The Israeli newspaper Maariv published an article in 2003, saying that suicide had been the number one cause of death in the Israeli army. 

The Israeli ministry for military affairs recently reported that the number of Israeli soldiers who committed suicide exceeds that of those killed in battles. 


Joystick Warfare Hell: The Suffering of an American Drone Operator



Meet Brandon Bryant

For more than five years, Brandon Bryant worked in an oblong, windowless container about the size of a trailer, where the air-conditioning
was kept at 63 degrees Fahrenheit and, for security reasons, the door couldn't be opened. Bryant and his coworkers sat in front of 14 computer monitors and four keyboards. When Bryant pressed a button in New Mexico, someone died on the other side of the world.

The container is filled with the humming of computers. It's the brain of a drone, known as a cockpit in Air Force parlance. But the pilots in the container aren't flying through the air. They're just sitting at the controls.

Bryant was one of them, and he remembers one incident very clearly when a Predator drone was circling in a figure-eight pattern in the sky above Afghanistan, more than 10,000 kilometers (6,250 miles) away. There was a flat-roofed house made of mud, with a shed used to hold goats in the crosshairs, as Bryant recalls. When he received the order to fire, he pressed a button with his left hand and marked the roof with a laser. The pilot sitting next to him pressed the trigger on a joystick, causing the drone to launch a Hellfire missile. There were 16 seconds left until impact.

"These moments are like in slow motion," he says today. Images taken with an infrared camera attached to the drone appeared on his monitor, transmitted by satellite, with a two-to-five-second time delay.

With seven seconds left to go, there was no one to be seen on the ground. Bryant could still have diverted the missile at that point. Then it was down to three seconds. Bryant felt as if he had to count each individual pixel on the monitor.

Suddenly a child walked around the corner, he says.

Second zero was the moment in which Bryant's digital world collided with the real one in a village between Baghlan and Mazar-e-Sharif.

Bryant saw a flash on the screen: the explosion. Parts of the building collapsed. The child had disappeared. Bryant had a sick feeling in his stomach.

"Did we just kill a kid?" he asked the man sitting next to him.

"Yeah, I guess that was a kid," the pilot replied.

"Was that a kid?" they wrote into a chat window on the monitor.

Then, someone they didn't know answered, someone sitting in a military command center somewhere in the world who had observed their attack. "No. That was a dog," the person wrote.

They reviewed the scene on video. A dog on two legs?


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