A comprehensive research study by The New York Times uncovered evidence that at least 121 servicemen who fought in Afghanistan or Iraq committed a killing or were charged with one in the United States subsequnet to their four of duty. The newspaper logged 349 homicides involving all active-duty military personnel and new veterans in the six years since military action began in the Middle East. The figures of homicides represents an 89% increase over the previous six year period. About three-fourths of the homicides involved Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. The Defense Department refused to comment on the study, but a military spokesperson, Lt. Col. Les Melnyk, questiond the report’s premise and reearch methods. An interesting aspect of the New York Times study reveals three fourths of the victims were girlfriends, or relatives. A quarter of the victims were military personnel.
We frankly need further research into the aftermath of war upon the psychological framework of those who participate in such actions. The Pentagon may challenge methodology, but it is up to them to initiate their own research into this important aspect of the Bush war in Iraq and Afghanistan.