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The Moral Burden of War

Who carries War’s moral burden?

At the end of the Vietnam War, as troops were pulled out, the use of mechanized killing methods were expanded. Today, the Obama administration relies even more than its predecessor on a burgeoning drone war in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A drone “pilot” sits in an air conditioned cubicle somewhere in New Mexico with a Diet Pepsi on the console as he kills people 12,000 miles away seen only on a video screen that looks virtually identical to the video games the soldier was weaned on as a kid in the mall.

Of course, we still have men, and maybe women, in real killing professions. And a lot of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) amongst our troops. And all too often the military’s concern is to get a soldier back up to fighting shape – to essentially get him or her back on the line.

If certain aspects of the war itself are causing the trauma, then that should be faced head on. The fact the war is troubling for a soldier is often because the war is morally troubling as an historic reality.

Our reasons for being in Afghanistan and Iraq make less and less sense and the skyrocketing costs of these military occupations are preventing us from undertaking a long list of overdue domestic needs.

From a CounterPunch article by John Grant

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