31 Elite Die in Crash in Afghanistan- PTSD

August 8, 2011

I, like everyone else, awoke Saturday to the tragic news of the helicopter crash that killed 31 of our elite Ranger Seal group.  These are among the highly trained servicemen who were able to find and kill Osama Bin Laden not very long ago.  This is the largest number of troops killed in one day since the War in Afghanistan started. 

I, as you probably have guessed by now, am against War except under the worst conditions.  I see nothing positive coming from any war.  There is nothing that can be said to me to justify this war as a sure thing and this is why we are there. 

Revenge for 9/11? This might have been one that could have worked at the time. The World was also in agreement and responded with almost universal anger over that terrorist act.  We had to seek out and eliminate the element that would easily kill over 3,000 innocent people in New York. 

This argument went by the wayside, for me, the moment we extended the war into Iraq.  Obviously the same is true for the rest of the World who refused to participate with this extension.  There was a weak ” coallition of the willing” which, to me, was pretty much buying cover for this terrible decision.  Not only did it divide the Country but forced many pro-war people to make excuses for acts of atrocity that ultimately have come.  We were becoming these monsters who killed the 3,000, providing them cover.   Any action deemed by the decision makers to do what-ever in the name of Freedom that was to be done.

I’ve never been divorced but I did have a business partner which I needed to get free of and I finally dissolved the partnership.  Looking back on it, I remember defending him for the terrible things he did while we were together.  Things that I would have hated had we not been partners, that were being committed in my name, as well as his, and I was blind to how this affected my reputation.  I was becoming him by proxy. 

I want America to be not like these undeveloped countries but insteaad the ” beacon of shining light” that I was taught about in school.  Unfortunately this  is not the case today.  We have gone into a Country, Iraq, that had nothing to do with 9/11.  Not only have more US people been killed then were killed in New York, 4,000+  vs 3,000 but also over 100,000 of their innocent people.  Their innocent people are no different than ours.  They have fathers, wives, husbands, and children.  They have very poor quality homes and possessions that have been destroyed but it is their home as sure as it would be ours if the shoe were reversed.

I saw on Facebook someone saying that it doesn’t matter how many of “Them” were killed only ours count.  Is this how we, as a Country, feel?  Why are we not demanding that the troops come home?  Making war inevitably creates these kinds of things and by us sitting back and doing nothing, we are made to be accessories.  We have been in the Middle East for almost 10 years.  But my guess is that most people will take this bad news, file it away, and move on without doing one thing to change things.  We are not supporting the troops  but becoming accomplices to these 31 deaths of these highly trained soldiers.. 

I can tell you, first hand, that this one incident will affect more than the 31 killed and their families.  This will, for some, be the act that will scar them for the rest of their lives.  This will add to the PTSD count.  It isn’t only the families of the dead that will share this load but also the families and friends of future deaths and also those who survive to face an invisible foe of PTSD .  In my high school physics class they said that energy can not be created or destroyed and for every action there is an equal reaction. 

You want to feel less powerless?  Reach out and do something!!!