The mental scars of soldiers

February 21, 2010 at 4:04 pm (Global Issues, Politics) (, , , , )

By James Denselow

Source: Guardian


Last week in the United States an army sergeant was accused of waterboarding his own four-year-old daughter after she refused to recite her ABCs. This story emerged as the Guardian reported that during a time of critical stress for military hospitals, there was little concrete information about soldiers’ mental health.

This difficulty of collecting statistics about post-traumatic stress disorder – the likely cause of such dysfunctional behaviour as waterboarding your own daughter – is a critical deficit in addressing the human impacts of the long wars that the UK is currently engaged in.

While stories of soldiers surviving horrific physical injuries and recovering from the loss of limbs attract most attention, we must not forgot the far more subtle but equally devastating impacts that war wreaks on soldiers’ minds. Perhaps controversially, I believe that those who have engaged in acts close to or constituting torture must be at the front of the line when it comes to treatment when they return to civilian life.

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Sheikh Imran Hosein- Iqbal and Pakistan’s Moment of Truth

January 28, 2010 at 7:59 pm (Allama Iqbal, Global Issues, India, Islam, Khilafa, Pakistan, Politics) (, , , , , , , )

By Sheikh Imran Hosein

Time is running out for Pakistan. Scholars of Islam have a duty to prepare Muslims for destructive attacks that are soon to be launched which will target not only Pakistan but perhaps, Turkey and Iran as well. Those who control power in Britain, USA, and Israel, and who now have a strategic ally in India, are already waging unjust war on Islam and Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere, but most of all in the Holy Land (otherwise known as Palestine). Their ruthlessness is such that they would wage war even upon their own people if such were deemed to be necessary. The 9/11 terrorist attack on America which killed thousands of innocent people was an ominous example of what they are capable of doing. Their goal is to deliver to Israel the rule over the whole world, and this cannot be achieved so long as Pakistan possesses nuclear military power. The recent US military occupation of Haiti in consequence of a massive earthquake for which the US Armed Forces seem to have been mysteriously prepared (right down to drills conducted on the very eve of the earthquake) displays for the umpteenth time the extent to which they would commit monstrously evil deeds in pursuit of goals such as the overthrow of Venezuela’s courageous government.

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Divide and Fool

January 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm (Education, Global Issues, Governance, History, Pakistan, Politics) (, , , , , , , )

By Komal Hashmi


he Divide and Conquer Strategy enables one power to break another into smaller, more manageable pieces, and then take control of those pieces one by one. It generally takes a very strong power to implement divide and conquer strategy. In order to successfully break up another power or government, the conqueror must have access to strong political, military, and economic machines. In reality, it often refers to a strategy where small power groups are prevented from linking up and becoming more powerful, since it is difficult to break up existing power structures.

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