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Post time 2008-1-16 21:22:35 |Display all floors
What will happen when all those American soldiers go back home?

I would not like to live near to one of them!
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The war vets who keep on killing
Sunday, January 13, 2008


At least 121 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have committed a killing or been charged in one in the United States after returning from combat, The New York Times reported.

The newspaper said it also logged 349 homicides involving all active-duty military personnel and new veterans in the six years since military action began in Afghanistan, and later Iraq.

That represents an 89-percent increase over the previous six-year period, the newspaper said.

About three-quarters of those homicides involved Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, the newspaper said. The report did not illuminate the exact relationship between those cases and the 121 killings also mentioned in the report.

The newspaper said its research involved searching local news reports, examining police, court and military records and interviewing defendants, their lawyers and families, victims' families and military and law enforcement officials.

Defense Department representatives did not immediately respond to a telephone message early Sunday. The Times said the military agency declined to comment, saying it could not reproduce the paper's research.

A military spokesman, Lt. Col. Les Melnyk, questioned the report's premise and research methods, the newspaper said.

He said it aggregated crimes ranging from involuntary manslaughter to murder, and he suggested the apparent increase in homicides involving military personnel and veterans in the wartime period might reflect only "an increase in awareness of military service by reporters since 9/11."

Neither the Pentagon nor the federal Justice Department track such killings, generally prosecuted in state civilian courts, according to the Times.

The 121 killings ranged from shootings and stabbings to bathtub drownings and fatal car crashes resulting from drunken driving, the newspaper said. All but one of those implicated was male.

About a third of the victims were girlfriends or relatives, including a 2-year-old girl slain by her 20-year-old father while he was recovering from wounds sustained in Iraq.

A quarter of the victims were military personnel. One was stabbed and set afire by fellow soldiers a day after they all returned from Iraq.

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Post time 2008-1-16 21:25:37 |Display all floors
A comment from an honest American:

It never fails among those who return from war - people will IN DROVES upon return. Over 60,000 US vets returning from Iraq are homeless, and those are only the ones that registered in shelters. Most do not register.
For Bush to continuously claim "we fight over there so we don't have to here" is a boom-a-rang of karma coming back home.
The numbers of deaths due to veterans returning is suspect, at best. They are culling local news, etc to find the numbers wherein not all killings and acts of violence list a man's military history - mostly they will HIDE it....
especially in "red states" since the intellectual constipation comes with a price ... shame in secrecy ... and keep the rubes signing up their sons.

- Begonia Buzzkill, USA

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Post time 2008-1-16 21:31:29 |Display all floors
Originally posted by gotohell at 2008-1-16 21:22
What will happen when all those American soldiers go back home?
I would not like to live near to one of them!


Aww, you and me both!

Across America, Deadly Echoes of Foreign Battles
The Times found 121 cases in which veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan committed a killing in this country, or were charged with one, after their return from war...

See the nytimes article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/us/13vets.html
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Post time 2008-1-16 21:39:23 |Display all floors
Originally posted by gotohell at 2008-1-16 21:22
What will happen when all those American soldiers go back home?
I would not like to live near to one of them!


Aww, you and me both!

Across America, Deadly Echoes of Foreign Battles
The Times found 121 cases in which veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan committed a killing in this country, or were charged with one, after their return from war...

See the nytimes article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/us/13vets.html
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Post time 2008-1-16 21:51:44 |Display all floors

Hm...

An anonymous blogger is your source for stats?  Interesting choice to forward your "facts".

As for the magazine itself...
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Post time 2008-1-16 22:04:09 |Display all floors
Originally posted by gotohell at 2008-1-16 21:22
What will happen when all those American soldiers go back home?


They will start blabbing about the evil acts that they have committed and then need medical treatment or go psycho on the American population. No wonder that Bush don't want them back on American soil.

Read this account by 50 Vets called,  The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness:
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070730/hedges
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