War coming home to roost — just the beginning…
Posted by Arroyoribera on August 10, 2007
On October 26, 2005, NBC reported an armed Gulf War veteran in Spokane’s VA hospital. Armed with an M16 and a hand gun, the vet was reportedly behaving as if he wanted security guards to kill him. He eventually gave up his guns and was arrested.
Two facts are inevitable as the war in Iraq drags into its 16th* year:
1) More and more returned veterans will experience mental health crises and communities will be forced to deal with their tormented violence and acting out, and
2) More and more returned vets and private contractors will enter employment in law enforcement where their military training and war-time experiences will translate into abusive conduct and excessive use of force against citizens of the U.S.
(Daily we are witnessing the sad reality across the country of Vietnam-era vets in law enforcement beating, tasering, hog-tying, and killing other Vietnam-era who have fallen into lives of mental illness, homelessness, drug abuse, desperation, and crime. The next 40 years will see a repeat of this cycle with Iraq-era vets in law enforcement acting against their fellow former comadres.)
[* You read correctly. I include the 1991 Gulf War and President Clinton’s air war and policy of starvation-by-embargo against the Iraqi people as part of the ongoing war against Iraq.]
In the news story below about this distraught vet at the Spokane VA Hospital, please note that “a pair of doctors and a security officer talked the man into putting down the assault rifle and handgun”.
One thing which can be said with certainty based on history is that had the Spokane Police Department arrived first, this man would have had been shot dead by the SPD.
October 26, 2005
Man Arrested Near Spokane VA Hospital With Guns
SPOKANE, Wash. — A man armed with three firearms was arrested this morning near the Spokane Veterans Administration hospital.
No one was injured when a pair of doctors and a security officer talked the man into putting down the assault rifle and handgun. Police later found another handgun on the man, who is in his 40s.
He faces a federal charge of bringing a firearm onto federal property.
Police say a doctor first encountered the man in a breezeway at the back of the hospital, near an emergency room. Another doctor and the security officer arrived and the policeman drew his weapon.
The man had previously been treated at the center and reportedly told police he wanted to commit suicide.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press)