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Wednesday, 23 June 2010

#1 killer of American troops: friendly fire

If a dozen American soldiers die in a month, is it news?

Well, it depends on how they die. If they're killed ON the battlefield, that's major news--especially if a suicide is involved. But if they die OFF the battlefield, it usually isn't--unless a suicide is involved. What has made the news in recent years is the alarming number of American military members who die at their own hands. Many more attempt to kill themselves, but don't succeed on the first try.

There's a lot to comment on, but I'll refrain.

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