Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Suicides outnumber deaths in Canadian military

There should be a referendum in countries whose people  detest their politicians taking them into unnecessary wars.  The referendum should have just three questions put to the voter. 

1) Would you like to see every politician voting to take us to war to have at least one child of his or hers enlisted in the military force in active duty and on a permanent basis, if the child is of eligible age?
2)  Would you want a politician voting for war that does not have children of eligible age, would you like to see that politician's spouse or a sibling enlisted in the military force in active duty on a permanent basis?
3) If politicians voting for war do not have have children of eligible age nor a spouse or a sibling in active combat, but volunteers to go into active combat themselves, would that make them eligible to vote to take us to war?

That would stop warmongering politicians like Stephen Harper and his ilk from screaming to get other people's kids, spouses, siblings and parents dying on battlefields far from home or coming back insane and committing suicide.

Dominique La Haye writing at QMI:
Military suicides outnumbered deaths in Afghanistan, new stats show.

There were more suicides in the Canadian Forces since 2002 than combat deaths during Canada's Afghanistan mission, according to a report obtained by QMI Agency.

In the 12 years that Canadians fought in Afghanistan, 158 Armed Forces members were killed. According to records obtained from the Department of National Defence, there were 178 Canadian Forces suicides in the same period.

Due to standard military practice to issue only the numbers of suicides of full-time male soldiers — so the military can compare those statistics with the same age in the general population — previous numbers did not include female soldiers or reservists.

This has allowed the government to state that the suicide rate of a full-time male members of the Armed Forces is no different than that of the average Canadian from a similar demographic.

"I think the problem is much bigger than the numbers show," military lawyer and retired Col. Michel Drapeau said. "Many suicides occur after the person has left the Armed Forces and those numbers aren't included in the totals.

"Often, the ones who have just left the Forces are the most desperate."......

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