Below is a video found on Al Jazeera, called, “The War Within,” it was posted on April, 20, 2010. The video focuses on US war veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But it is important to recognize that most people in the military today come from low-income, working-class, and middle-class families. This is because the military provides, ‘perks,’ for joining, for example, ‘free,’ education or a check twice a month. The relationship today between the less-fortunate and war is interesting to me because I believe the this is another example of how the powerful elite influence our everyday lives.
If you did not know, war is really profitable if you are in the right place in society. Companies from, General Electric, to McDonalds benefit from war, I mean millions of dollars. These companies are the same companies that you will see paying lobbyist money to force their agenda. Did you forget that we were looking for weapons of mass destruction?
When you have economic inequality you do not need a draft. People who have no other option but to join the army because, they can get tax free housing or family supplemental sustainability allowance. Will risk their lives to better the condition of their family.
I do not hesitate to say that the powerful elites are very smart people. They provide a economic environment, if I can put it that way, that automatically supplies them able bodies because that is all they really want is bodies. To fight in wars killing people who they do not like for whatever reason and they make an enormous profit from it. These lobbyist do not care one bit about the people in the military, this video can shine some light on this. I recall watching a documentary awhile back, I do not remember the name of it or when it was; I do remember it was on Al Jazeera, so maybe I will find it later. Nonetheless, the part of the video that stood out to me went something like this: the footage was of a soldier complaining that at his base in Iraq or Afghanistan, his soldiers can at any given time of the day go to the canteen and get McDonalds but they can not get ammunition or special vehicles. Well at least at that point the US was an advocate of, Food Not Bombs.
So soldiers here leave to fight a war that they do not understand at all. Look at how many soldiers leave the wars in the middle east, asking why was I there killing people? There is no justification. Not to forget that the soldier leaves the battlefield a totally different person, mentally and in some cases physically.
This question and psychological trauma that war puts on people contributes to the statistic that comes about month after month, that more US soldiers took their own lives than died in battle.
Below is a video on Democracy Now, it features a program called, “Military Suicide Epidemic: More U.S. Soldiers Have Killed Themselves Than Died on Battlefield in 2012,” posted on June 13, 2012. the special program begins at 42:03.
Guina, Ryan. (2008, July 9). Do Military Members Get paid Enough. http://themilitarywallet.com/do-military-members-get-paid-enough/