Thursday, November 15, 2007

Mind Battles and the Hidden Wounds of War

The other day I wrote a post about the hidden wounds soldiers can suffer from when they fight wars like this one....

The toll is already heavy.

Now comes a new report that suggests it could be even worse...because many of those hidden wounds can be like ticking time bombs.

Soldiers who have served in Iraq are suffering substantially greater mental distress several months after leaving the combat zone than when they first return home.

"When you come back . . . you're almost euphoric . . . you don't have any problems in the world," said Brig. Gen. Stephen L. Jones, an Army assistant surgeon general. But after a few weeks, he said, "the stress starts to resurface."

If you want to know what that feels like you should watch this great CBC story about a young Canadian soldier and his moving Mind Battle.

Good for that young soldier for being brave enough to talk about a problem many still consider shameful.

Good for his mum for standing up to the military.

He lives with his wounds.

We live with ours.

Isn't war wonderful?


Anonymous said...

You would think after centuries of fighting that we would learn to settle our differences by just talking to one another... But i guess sometimes that is hard for people, i know it is for quite a few homophobic people that I have met.

Simon said...

Hi rashid!! war goes all the way back to our murderous monkey ancestors. But it is reinvented all the time to keep women in their place and the rich in power.
And of course make a lot of countries and companies very very rich... :)