Military Suicides and Rape
The New York Times of January 20th, 2012 reported that a record level of suicides among active duty service members in 2011, despite an ongoing emphasis on drug and alcohol counseling and suicide prevention by the military in recognition of the ongoing nature of the problem. Also in 2011, a nearly 30% increase in violent sex crimes was recorded among these same troops, with more than half of the victims of these assaults being female active duty soldiers between 18 and 21 years of age.
This is not only disturbing, but ironic, given that a frequent rationale given by advocates of intervention in Islamic societies is the poor treatment such societies allegedly offer to women. In any case, these events are poor for morale and detrimental to the image of the service at home and abroad. The military is to be commended for publicly acknowledging these unfortunate events and making the effort to prevent others of a similar nature.
From before the dawn of history, war and atrocity have gone hand in hand, though- so any thoughts on the matter are welcome.