Sunday, November 8, 2009
[1793 - The Louvre opens in Paris]
[1861 - USS San Jacinto intercepts British steamer Trent
to arrest Confederate commissioners]
[1932 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected as the 32nd President]
All combat veterans suffer from some form of PTSD. It comes from having been trained and programmed to kill other people, and then being placed in a situation where this is not only possible, but expected of you. The training you get does not dwell on the fact that those 'other people' have also been conditioned to kill you, but they have.
That war changes human beings permanently has been understood since the first tribes decided that the best way to settle a border dispute was to draw the territorial boundaries in blood. In keeping with the current tendency to label each of our emotional traumas or maladies with a politically correct phrase, what used to be called by the Spartans hesma phobou or "fear shedding," and was known as "shell shock" in World War I, and "combat fatigue" in World War II, is now termed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Whatever you call it, you better deal with it, or it will deal with you.
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