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Death on the homefront

Common Dreams

by Ann Jones


"Wake up, America. The boys are coming home, and they're not the boys

who went away. On New Year's Day, the New York Times welcomed the

advent of 2009 by reporting that, since returning from Iraq, nine

members of the Fort Carson, Colorado, Fourth Brigade Combat team had

been charged with homicide. Five of the murders they were responsible

for took place in 2008 when, in addition, 'charges of domestic

violence, rape and sexual assault' at the base rose sharply. Some of

the murder victims were chosen at random; four were fellow soldiers --

all men. Three were wives or girlfriends.This shouldn't be a surprise.

Men sent to Iraq or Afghanistan for two, three, or four tours of duty

return to wives who find them 'changed' and children they barely

know." (04/01/09)



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