“Historically, war has been how one country takes another country’s resources. The United States Military has refined this process. The preferred method is to stage an alliance with locals that allows profit sharing. Of course, if that can’t happen, America just takes the gold or the oil or sets up its own drug networks.”
My client was listening.
“Where did you learn this?”
“I read a lot of books and I do a lot of online research.”
I described the lucrative poppy fields of Asia. I identified the work of economic hit men. I told about Michael Rupert’s experiences. I reminded my client of Fast and Furious and the Iran Contra Scandal.
I realized I had probably exceeded the limits of what she could accept for the day.
“Listen, when I first encountered this information, I didn’t think it was true. I denied it. However, as time went by, and I kept reading, I realized it had to be true. It took me about six months but I got there. I accepted it as possible.
“With that acceptance, I could honestly look at the information and get a clearer picture of what is taking place in our world.
“It isn’t pretty but I believe at least some of the stories are true.
“And, I believe those stories are why more military members die via suicide than from combat.”
She had mentioned that story during a previous meeting so I knew she was familiar with it.
“Will you send me a list of books and resources so I can research this for myself?”
“I’ll send that to you.”
Our conversation ended there as we turned to the accounting work that was the purpose for the day’s visit.
When we finished that work, I left my appointment grateful that I had pushed against her belief system and she had been receptive. I realized that her willingness to consider new ideas was a contributing factor to her lifetime of successful ventures.
I knew this wasn’t the case with those men and women in the military who had chosen to end their lives.
The story linked here, published at the end of December, provides some of the details.
It says suicide happens within the ranks of the United States Military at the rate of one enlisted person per day.
It speculates that “substance abuse, financial pressure, and relationship issues” are the primary causes. In addition, it says that 85 percent of those who commit suicide didn’t see combat prior to taking their lives.
By the way, suicide doesn’t stop with enlisted soldiers.
A recent study by the Veteran’s Administration shows that twenty-two ex-military members take their lives every day.
The primary theory is that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the cause. However, the story touches on another possible reason.
It dovetails with my recent articles about doubt and trust.
I’ll join those together tomorrow.