This Week In Violence

As each news report has come out this week I’ve been wondering if the insanity factor has been kicked up a notch. The arrest of a man in Cleveland who has been found to have nearly a dozen bodies of murdered women in his apartment. The military professional who didn’t want to be deployed and killed fellow soldiers. The shooting in Florida. Even Rihanna discussing how she grew up surrounded by domestic violence, thought she’d never date a man who’d hit her but in fact did. And then some. All of this has me wondering if something’s in the water or if it’s just an indication that people are too stressed and feeling too insecure in these times. As for the alleged Cleveland serial killer, other neighbors had long complained to the police of foul smell coming from the house, but race and class led to inaction on their part. I shudder to think that one woman’s life may have been saved had the authorities took action sooner.

In the case of Fort Hood, because the shooter has been identified as a AMERICAN Muslim of Middle Eastern decent the collision of racism and ignorance has already been revealed. I haven’t mentioned his name because I think he could be anyone. That’s not to diminish his heritage OR his crimes in any way but to highlight the lack of adequate mental health care given and the militarism that pushes those that ought to not serve in every capacity. From what I’ve been reading this officer had received his medical training while serving and they didn’t want to discharge him because he hadn’t done a tour of Iraq or Afghanistan yet. Perhaps he didn’t want to be sent to kill people who looked like him and while the military is supposed to break you to rebuild you to do their bidding sometimes an individual’s values cannot be separated. **Now I’ve read he was the same medication as the FL shooter and I see a mental health breakdown OR a potential Big Pharma problem** Otherwise why would so many who serve have PTSD and numerous emotional and behavioral problems that hadn’t been present before?

As the fight for providing health care wages on perhaps this should be seen as a referendum on all that is wrong with the war-mongering policies of the United States – which has NOT changed under the Obama administration despite a few inroads that have been made. I’m talking about benefits for us non-military personnel, but even moreso for them. Remember when the conditions of Walter Reed Hospital were made public after it had covered up for years?

Since this is a volunteer army the standards have continually been lowered. If I was serving I would take issue with unrepentant criminals trying to get out of jail being allowed to serve beside me. Now that person has been trained to kill and avoid capture. I’m waiting for some heinous act of violence to occur from those types of individuals. It’s bad enough when you have a large population of un(der) educated recruits who’ve joined due to lack of jobs. Not to mention the unsafe conditions for women who serve and the sexual violence that occurs. When are we going to stop lying and admit this isn’t about freedom but about dominance and oppression?

In these increasingly challenging times I think it’s more important than ever to find a network of people withe common interests you can go to. Now is not to time to be an island unto oneself. Whatever your ideology, religious belief, political affiliation or viewpoint may be we still need each other to survive and should act accordingly.

2 comments to This Week In Violence

  • let me say a few things:

    when I was in the Navy, there were several random acts of violence committed by service members against their fellow service members and upon civilians. Also there are high instances of attempted suicides.

    working within the fed gov't I am encountering more and more people are being prescribed drugs for mental condition and more and more people seeing health care professionals due to several mental illnesses due to two wars.

    there is NO mental evaluation given to new recruits as they enter the military. the military like other institutions are microcosms of the larger society.

    Personally, I have stood suicide watch over many a fellow service member for a variety of reasons (marital problems, drug abuse, mental illnesses, etc.) . it is a well known secret that frankly our gov't refuses to really deal with.

  • Karen

    Since this is a volunteer army the standards have continually been lowered. If I was serving I would take issue with unrepentant criminals trying to get out of jail being allowed to serve beside me. Now that person has been trained to kill and avoid capture. I’m waiting for some heinous act of violence to occur from those types of individuals."

    In my opinion such a thing has already happened with the Pietrzak case:

    http://blackpoliticalthought.blogspot.com/2008/11

    I fear this is only the beginning…