Whistleblowers, moral injury and endless war

Source: TruthOut
by Peter Van Buren

“If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept something else as well: that the costs of war are similarly endless. I’m thinking about the trillions of dollars, the million or more ‘enemy’ dead (a striking percentage of them civilians), the tens of thousands of American combat casualties, those 20 veteran suicides each day, and the diminished lives of those who survive all of that. There’s that pain, carried by an unknown number of women and men, that won’t disappear, ever, and that goes by the label ‘moral injury.’ When I started Hooper’s War, a novel about the end of World War II in the Pacific, I had in mind just that pain. I was thinking (couldn’t stop thinking, in fact) about what really happens to people in war, combatants and civilians alike. The need to tell that story grew in large part out of my own experiences in Iraq, where I spent a year embedded with a combat unit as a US State Department employee, and where I witnessed, among so many other horrors, two soldier suicides.” (05/18/17)

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/40635-whistleblowers-moral-injury-and-endless-war