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Yesterday -- September 11 -- the Los Angeles Times carried an op-ed entitled “A History of the ‘Big Lie,’ from Plato to TikTok.” The article stated, “If you look back at history, lying is as old as humans.” The author, Mark Kurlansky, points to several examples of lies, including lies told by the Soviets, the Nazis, and even Donald Trump.
Unfortunately, however, Kurlansky failed to cite one of the biggest lies of our lifetime, the one President Bush, the Pentagon, the CIA, and other U.S. officials told immediately after the 9/11 attacks, when they claimed that the terrorists had struck because they hated America for its “freedom and values.”
It was a lie, and the liars knew it was a lie. And it was a Big Lie, one that was later used to justify invading, occupying, and destroying two countries and killing hundreds of thousands of people in the process.
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Declaring that “veteran suicide is one of the greatest crises of our time,” Boston’s NPR news station, WBUR, reported that “since Sept. 11, 2001, just over 30,000 veterans have died by suicide — four times more than the number of U.S. military personnel who died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.” The website military.com stated that suicides among active-duty personnel rose by 15 percent in 2020 and consisted of 580 service members.
The common perception regarding these suicides is that U.S. military personnel suffer from PTSD — post-traumatic stress disorder — arising primarily from combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Actually, there is a better explanation, one that unfortunately many people are failing to grasp in the aftermath of the deadly and
destructive debacles in Afghanistan and Iraq. Until U.S. soldiers, veterans, and the American people come to grips with that explanation, military personnel will continue to take their own lives.
Ever since the Taliban victory in Afghanistan ...