U.S.: “War Comes Home” with Ft. Hood Shootings By Dahr Jamail

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By Dahr Jamail
IPS
PHOENIX, Arizona, Nov 6, 2009

While investigators probe for a motive behind the mass shooting at the Fort Hood military base in Texas Thursday, in which an army psychiatrist is suspected of killing 13 people, military personnel at the base are in shock as the incident “brings the war home”.

“Fort Hood is pretty much a ghost town right now,” Specialist Michael Kern, an active duty veteran of the Iraq war, told IPS by telephone. “Most units gave their soldiers the day off. Security is heightened all over. There are soldiers on guard everywhere. In my opinion, they are afraid of another attack.”

Kern, who is based at Fort Hood, served in Iraq from March 2007 to March 2008.

“We’re all in shock,” Kern added, “Every single person that I’ve talked to is in shock. I’m surprised this hits so close to home, but at the same time, I knew something like this was going to happen given what else is happening – the war is coming home, and something needs to be done.”

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via U.S.: “War Comes Home” with Ft. Hood Shootings – IPS ipsnews.net

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  5. In one of the few individual interviews I saw from Iraq I heard an enraged Iraqi man say, after a massacre of innocent Iraqi men, women and children by American forces, that the war would be brought home to America. I thought it was all bravado and that it was a powerless man talking. After all, several thousand miles of land and the Atlantic Ocean separated Iraq from the United States. Now, I am not so sure he was completely delusional.

    • Massacre? Where? When? It is a fool who takes an Iraqi man at his word. Having spent far too much of my life trying to help the Iraqi people I can tell you the question is never “is that Iraqi lying?” The question is “in what way is he lying?” That may sound bitter, however, it is the truth.

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