Monday, December 04, 2006

Why I am a pacifist

Today I heard a story on NPR about soldiers and post-traumatic stress disorder. Two soldiers were interviewed to talk about the utter contempt they had for soldiers who claimed to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. They had the same experiences and they weren't suffering, so they couldn't understand how somebody else could be. One soldier talked about how he couldn't wait to get back to Iraq, noting that he had "fun" the last time he was there. Most people, he said, get up in the morning, go to work, come home, and think about how there has to be something more. These people, the soldier said, put in a movie and that gets their hearts pumping. But we, said the soldier, are actually doing it, we're not the ones watching. The soldiers thought most of those claiming post-traumatic stress disorder were faking it because they were scared to go back.

1 comment:

  1. Some people should not be allowed to have guns. Anyone who wants to go back to war for the fun of it is seriously misguided and deranged.

    They should be thankful that they don't have PTSD and that they are still alive, rather than talking shit about people who have been seriously scarred by having to do things no reasonable person would ever dream of doing.