Several sites carry this story.
Today’s Observer, reports on how the war is affecting British veterans of the conflicts in
“At the time of writing, 261 British service personnel have died in
Whilst we are now aware that more Falklands War vets committed suicide than were killed in that conflict, there are no records as yet for the number of Iraq-Afghanistan vets who have taken their own lives, unable to cope, because details for their army service are not recorded on their death certificates. Neither are statistics available for suicides amongst reservists, believed to be more prone to mental health problems. Right now, researchers at
“Nearly a quarter of those deployed in conflict for longer than 13 months have 'severe' drink issues. Eighteen British service personnel a week are testing positive for drug use involving cannabis, ecstasy or cocaine. Typically, the deepest scars affecting those returning to civvy street are in the mind. Combat Stress, which helps veterans with mental-health problems, has seen a 27 per cent rise in referrals. Yet more than half of those with psychological problems do not receive a war pension and cannot qualify for funding to help with their treatment. The average time-lag for post-traumatic stress to surface is 13 years; only in 2020 will we know the true fallout of the current operations.”
But what of those who sent these soldiers to war, the likes of Blair and Bush and the people behind the scenes, the oil cartels, the contractors, the ones who really wanted a war, the ones who really benefit? Do they suffer mental breakdown. On the contrary they have never been so happy. Their lifestyles have improved. They continue to profit enormously from the war for oil and eagerly await the expansion of the War in
And whilst it is easy to get angry about the way in which soldiers in