In WWII (World War II), the dreadful things soldiers did and saw were offset by the knowledge they were protecting their country.
In the case of the Afghan war, that was not so. Soldiers who signed up for a little adventure or bullying found themselves trapped in endless rounds of combat, unlike WWII where men were sensibly spelled off.
The problems with mental illness and suicide are much worse now. The men are deeply ashamed of what they did, but they are not permitted to admit it. Even the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) maintains the fiction the Afghan war is legal. Harper maintains the lie that this brutal assault on Afghanistan is for their own good and won’t let any soldier say otherwise. He is like some twisted Savonarola.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)