Friday, April 3, 2009

The Hidden and Human Cost of War

On the American RadioWorks website you can listen online, download, or read the transcript of a story about a young American soldier, Sergeant Gray, who served in the Iraq war for a year, but died a strange death once he got back from Iraq. The story details his mother's search for the cause of death of her son, and learns that Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which he developed from abusing Iraqi prisoners, was the likely culprit that caused his death. There are also photos and stories of other U.S. soldiers who were involved in the treatment of Iraqi detainees. We typically discuss war in lesson seven of the Class of Nonviolence, and this insight into the hidden and human cost of war is important to address. I learned of this site from the Internet Scout Report, a wonderful weekly mailing list out of the University of Wisconsin that has scoured the Internet for the best (mostly) educational sites since 1994.

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