On November 5, an Army major allegedly killed 13 people and wounded 30 at Ford Hood, Texas. A lot has been made of the major’s religion and whether he may have committed the crime because he’s a Muslim.
I’ll be honest with you… if he committed this crime because he follows the teachings of the Islamic faith, then he isn’t very good at being Muslim.
In truth, the sheer amount of crazy in the military right now is astounding. People are killing themselves at an alarming rate. As a matter of fact, the suicide rate in Baghdad is unbelievable. You would be amazed at the number.
Some people go so far as to go on killing sprees as opposed to killing themselves.
This certainly isn’t the first incident of a soldier going nuts and killing a bunch of people. Earlier this year, some dude walked into a clinic at Camp Liberty here and killed five people. There have been other well-publicized incidents as well.
I preface this by saying that this is my opinion and not necessarily that of the military, but I think it’s time that the Department of Defense start taking the suicide problem seriously.
They spend so much time telling people about why they shouldn’t kill themselves, but they spend virtually no time addressing the underlying issues.
In my opinion, there are a few reasons why people are losing their minds.
- Long Deployments
- Not enough rest time at home
- Lack of focus on the family
- Putting a band-aid on a problem instead of fixing it
I don’t think it’s any one issue, but I think treating a symptom and not the problem is a big contributing factor.
I hope that military leadership finally starts thinking about what is causing people to go nuts and then does something long-term that results in a more stable force.