View Full Version : Why are US/UK obliged to care about mental health of Iraqis/Afghans?

06-06-2017, 02:43 PM
US/UK have already spent Trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives & limbs for cause of freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan and some are now expecting to handle trauma and mental health of local populations too. Oregonians are known to be tree-huggers but why WaPo is now suddenly caring about civilians of foreign wars while remaining relatively quiet in recent years?

The West is indifferent to Afghanistan and Iraq's world of terror: Washington Post analysis
June 4, 2017

In the United States, a great deal of attention has been paid to the effect of more than a decade of war on the mental health of American servicemen and women - and rightly so. But in Iraq and Afghanistan, whole societies have been traumatized. Millions of children grow up amid bombings, displacement and political collapse. Public health workers and aid agencies are still trying to measure the immense psychological toll they may have suffered.
So it's worth considering the depth of courage ordinary Afghans and Iraqis must show in the face of daily threats and violence.
"There had been many other bombings, some even deadlier. But this time, it felt like the collective burden of a society at war had suddenly become much heavier," Constable wrote after the attack Wednesday. It's a weight that can't be easy to carry.
"People have an anxious feeling now, like a psychological illness. I feel suspicious if I see someone carrying something," said Gul Rahim, 42, a real estate agent whose office lost all its windows in the blast, speaking to The Washington Post. "I was in the jihad [against the Soviet Union], and there were a lot of bombs and rockets. This was much worse."


Death Toll In Kabul Blast Surpasses 150, Afghan President Says (http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/06/531729176/death-toll-in-kabul-blast-surpasses-150-afghan-president-says)
NPR-2 hours ago

2003: Washington Post ran 27 editorials in favor of Iraq invasion (http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?458793-2003-Washington-Post-ran-27-editorials-in-favor-of-Iraq-invasion&)