Rising Suicide Rate In American Military Underscores Need To Abolish War


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(Photos: Routledge\YouTube) The Pentagon issued its annual report recently on suicide in the military, and it provides us with very sad news.Despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars on programs to stem this crisis, the suicide rate for active-duty U.S. troops rose to 28.7 per 100,000 during 2020, up from 26.3 per 100,000 the previous year.This is the highest rate since 2008, when the Pentagon began keeping detailed records. In a joint statement, U.S. Army Secretary Christine Wormuth and General James McConville, the Army chief of staff, reported that “suicide remains a significant challenge for our Army,” and acknowledged they had no clear understanding of what was causing it.Perhaps they should take a closer look at the impact of training, arming, and employing young men and women to kill other human beings. There have been countless stories of the trauma caused by these practices.Why do most Americans accept this as a cost of maintaining national security? Have we been brainwashed by the deep pockets and widespread power of the military-industrial complex as President Eisenhower forewarned in his farewell speech in 1961?