A recent Pentagon study on the ethics of soldiers in Iraq and mental health is disturbing. One major factor seems to be the long tours of duty and the lack of good old R&R.
Only 47 percent of the soldiers and 38 percent of Marines said noncombatants should be treated with dignity and respect.
-About a third of troops said they had insulted or cursed at civilians in their presence.
-About 10 percent of soldiers and Marines reported mistreating civilians or damaging property when it was not necessary. Mistreatment includes hitting or kicking a civilian.
The real message is that we have brutalised these people as an outcome of political dogma, poor planning and a complete lack of understanding of the situation. And these people are coming home.
What state will they be in?