COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN
One of the many costs of war is that a certain portion of the men sent to fight will suffer severe psychological damage.
Of course, what our press never tells us is that all war, quite literally all war, is full of atrocities and excesses. It was true in World War II, in Vietnam, in Korea, and of course in Iraq.
When you release human savagery, that is what you get. It cannot be otherwise.
It might be nice if governments ever even once thought of the welfare of human beings, their own and those they attack, before they started a war.