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Thursday, June 01, 2006

More on the Iraqui Quagmire

As anyone old enough to have a knowledge of the U.S.A. war in Viet Nam or who has dealt with permanently mentally damaged Viet Nam Vets, knows that wars involving large concentrations of civilians mixed among the combatants always result in a kind of blood-lust madness among the combatants. Not all, of course. But too many. Nice, ordinary and even exemplary men and women lose all sense of perspective and conscience under the constant terrifying impact of horrible deaths all around them. The stress becomes overwhelming and brain chemistry changes. We saw it first in Abu Gharib, but we knew it wouldn't, couldn't, stop there. Punishing the men and women involved in the deaths of innocent, unarmed civilians is like punishing abused children for becoming abusive adults. Nothing is resovled and the killing goes on . . . and on. Story 1 Story 2 Story 3-Mind Control

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