The new issue of Penn Magazine is available HERE.
More than 20 veterans per day commit suicide. And that sad statistic doesn’t tell the whole story. It’s actually much worse.
Sociologist James Petras estimates that about “500,000 mostly white working class victims” have died from narcotics overdoses and interactions between 1996 and 2016, a phenomenon he calls “genocide by prescription.” Veterans are targets of that genocide; they are more than twice as likely to die of overdoses than the rest of the population.
Why so much suffering among veterans? The single biggest reason is that they know, at some level, that they have been lied to…and that the hollow, sycophantic, superficial “we love our troops” flattery that pervades American culture is utter and complete bullshit.
One heartbreaking example is the Goski twins, Mike and Chris. The Wall Street Journal writes of former Special Forces soldier Mike Goski shortly before his suicide:
“He obsessed over combat footage on the internet and bought into conspiracy theories (sic)—the U.S. government funded Islamic State and was behind the 9/11 attacks. He listened to recordings of the World War I poetry of Wilfred Owen and Robert Graves. When Mike did venture outside, he carried a snub-nosed revolver in his belt, hidden by a shirt. ‘If anybody knew what I wanted to do,’ Mike told his father, ‘they’d lock me up.’”
Mike and Chris Goski, like so many others, enlisted for one reason and one reason only: 9/11. They were victims of the most evil, outrageous lie in all of human history. So were the heroic resistance fighters, and the innocent civilians, that the Goskis were duped into murdering.
Millions of Americans were driven into homicidal rage by 9/11. They dedicated their lives to a “hero’s quest” to kill the people who did it, and anyone remotely associated with them. The “hero’s quest” gradually was revealed to be a villainous fool’s errand, as it turned out that the people who really did it were in corporate boardrooms, military command centers, and a certain Middle Eastern country that dominates our politics, media, and financial sector.
If my 9/11 truth movement colleagues and I had quickly succeeded in forcing a real investigation, Mike and Chris Goski would still be alive. It is the brutal contrast between the official lies that nobody (least of all soldiers and veterans) really believes any more, and the gut-wrenching sordid truth that none of America’s well-paid leaders will admit in public, that is driving America’s national malaise in general, and the horrific suffering of our veterans in particular.
To heal, we need the lacerating sword of truth.
A good place to start is the brand-new issue of Penn Magazine. It features a terrific article by VT Senior Editor Gordon Duff, along with a whole lot more that every US soldier and veteran should see.
Do the false flags just keep rolling in?
* NCT – North Central Texas
Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.
He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS, and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.
Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.