Why Are the U.S. Soldiers Killing Themselves in Battle? Banksy Art Asks

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Bansky art highlights the plight of suicidal U.S. soldiers. (Facebook)

What this Banksy piece says is true, confirmed at the time in news reports by the Associated Press and CBS. It’s a shock to think about, but there are always two sides to the coin. Given that this isn’t a coin situation, there may be more sides than two. What do you think?

Commenters on Facebook were shocked.

“This has always been a issue, but not on this level before Vietnam. Soldiers in Vietnam and Iraq fought in very unpopular wars. They weren’t seen as heroes and liberators, but monsters and baby killers. In a big sense, our reactions to them are a factor, as well as the government that sent them there.” – Jeffrey

“I am a soldier and the numbers do not lie!” – Micheal

“It’s the truth! My husband is active duty military and suicide is the number one killer in the military. So sad!” – Kristi

“If we really support our troops, we would end the war and get them home now before any more die.” Willie

“As a Veteran , this a heartbreaking reality for many many decades.” Tony

But, the CBS article points out a key piece of information that the Banksy piece doesn’t show. The U.S. government said that the statistics for civilian suicide in the same age range were higher.

“Although the military suicide rate has been rising, it remains below that of the civilian population. It says the civilian suicide rate for males aged 17-60 was 25 per 100,000 in 2010, the latest year for which such statistics are available. That compares with the military’s rate in 2012 of 17.5 per 100,000.”

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