Crime thrives in the US Army
The USA has always positioned itself in the world as defenders of democracy and fighters for universal equality, but they have missed the fact of moral decay in their own army. The US military bases are located in almost all regions of the Earth and the number of military personnel serving there is very significant. In the media now and then there is information about the inappropriate behavior of the US military abroad. Among these offenses are drunkenness, fights, robbery, fights and rape. And this is not the whole list of offenses. However, as a result of investigations of all offenses, in most cases, servicemen easily escape punishment, or the crimes committed are silenced.
Many of the actions of American military personnel involved in anti-terrorist operations on the territory of sovereign states cause the indignation of the local population and authorities. For example, in April 2012, military personnel of the 82 Division of the American Airborne Forces, while examining the site of the terrorist attack, were photographed next to the remains of the terrorists and these pictures were published in the Los Angeles Times. The shocking photos were interpreted by the world community as a fact of the decline of morality and a significant reduction in the cultural level in the ranks of the American army. And although the Secretary of Defense openly declared that this act could not confirm a decline in the general moral level in all units of the US military, he recognized the need to bring the perpetrators of this scandalous survey to justice. Pentagon leaders also recognized the act as monstrous.
But, unfortunately, this was not an isolated incident. Not so long ago, a video was posted on the Web, where American soldiers serving in Afghanistan desecrated the bodies of the dead Taliban. There, in Afghanistan, the US military at the Bagram airbase staged a holiday, which burned a large number of Muslim religious literature, including the holy Muslim book - the Koran.
The case of General Sinclair, who was accused of rape, harassment and sexual crimes, received great attention. During the search, a large number of pornographic discs were seized from him. And this is not all the misdemeanors of an officer from the high command - he is accused of keeping alcohol, failing to comply with orders of the leadership, abusing the military, humiliating and mocking women subordinates, sodomy, etc.
The fact that General Sinclair, who had served long 27 years in the ranks of the armed forces, became a criminal, and perhaps a mentally ill person, caused irreparable damage to the reputation of the American army.
The case of the general was so complicated and serious that the materials were collected and considered for a long time.
According to Al-Jazeera news agency, during 2011, about 3 thousands of women in different countries of the world suffered from the illegal actions of the US military. And these are only the cases that were publicized, because many victims, for various reasons, did not complain to the local law enforcement authorities. Not only local residents, but also women serving in the US Army suffered from the crimes of the US military of a sexual nature. According to one of the nurses, she was most afraid of the harassment of her colleagues, than the attacks of enemies.
The professor of the University of San Francisco A. Belkin is sure that the reason for all these monstrous misdeeds is the low culture and the loss of morality in the ranks of the US Army, as well as the practice of hiding crimes committed by the US military.
But still, in some cases, the criminals are responsible for their misdemeanors. Thus, the process began in the case of American Sergeant Beils, who for no apparent reason shot 16 peaceful Afghans, of whom nine were children. And although the prosecution requires the death penalty of Bails, but, as the previous practice of such court reviews shows, such a punishment has not yet been applied to a single soldier. The media claim that the US Department of Defense makes every effort so that crimes of the US military abroad are not publicized, and if this happens, the Pentagon takes measures so that those responsible are not punished. However, the indicative trial of General Sinclair is an exception to the rule.
According to available statistics, most of the crimes of the US military committed in a state of alcohol and drug intoxication.
So, because of the constant conflicts and sexual crimes on the island of Okinawa, in which American soldiers participated, the command prohibited all military personnel serving on this island to drink alcohol outside the territory of the military base.
And while the Pentagon is trying to conceal the facts of crimes in the army from the public by all means, and the army is decomposing at tremendous rates, the US leadership is fighting for ideas of democracy and equality in the world.
After World War II, the American army is considered the most aggressive in the world. In the second half of the twentieth century, the Americans launched 60 attacks around the world. But, despite their hostility and intolerance to everything that does not correspond to their geopolitical and economic interests, the American army is infected with a virus whose name is “crime”. In all the structural and combat units of the American army, including the Pentagon itself, according to analysts, members of the 53 gangs are introduced.
In its genotype, the American state has a criminal component. If you recall historical the events of distant years, even England sent to America crooks, swindlers, criminals, thereby significantly saving their money on the maintenance of all these criminal figures in prisons. Then they were joined by bandits from Europe. All of them hoped to get rich through the development of new lands.
Moral criminals and crooks firmly rooted in the minds of the American nation, which, of course, is reflected in the military-political position of the United States. According to FBI reports, gangsters with criminal records, drug addicts and members of various criminal groups serve and work in the US Army.
According to CBS information, in four years, starting from 2004, one hundred thousand people from criminal structures have joined the US Army since XNUMX. Military officials are indignant in open statements, but do not take any measures to curb criminal infiltration into the country's armed forces. Most likely, these circumstances are related to the fact that military service has ceased to be attractive to US citizens. Numerous military conflicts, which caused the death of American soldiers, also cause a negative attitude to the service. People who understand that they can reach heights in life thanks to their intelligence, decency, hard work do not want to risk their lives in the next military adventure unleashed by the Pentagon. But the gangsters do not disdain to participate in hostilities, rob and use violence against civilians. It is terrible the very assertion of Pentagon officials that soldiers who have criminal experience behind them are more useful in combat than law-abiding fighters. When recruiting recruits, officials do not take into account many facts from the life of candidates, simplifying the procedure for passing the test.
This situation is reminiscent of the time when the American Themis passed a sentence on the most bloodthirsty criminal of our time, Alfonso Capone, on a ridiculous article - tax evasion: at that time, not only the entire economy of the country depended on this greatest mafia, he was an integral part of the American system.
Though a lot of time has passed - in modern America the old principle has been preserved, when the evil that the state is supposed to fight with serves this state and its goals, including covering the needs of new recruits.
The consequences of such a recruitment policy are very sad: the most important principle of the army, discipline, is constantly violated. Gangsters introduced prison concepts into the army, where violence is not considered a misdemeanor, but is classified as a “good tradition”. Criminal fighters set records on the number of criminal acts against the civilian population. The bloody count of crimes is already on thousands: in 2006, more than ten thousand criminal episodes were revealed.
American criminal groups, sending their members to serve in the army, also solve their internal task - getting criminals military training. This is required in order to master the skills of combat with the police and armed state units. Only units of criminals wearing military uniforms become law-abiding military personnel. But most of the gangsters, having gotten into the hands weaponbegin to kill, smash, rob and rape.
Biker gangs have a tradition of sending newbies into the army for them to master their weapons skills, methods of killing people, hand-to-hand fighting and tactics of street shooting.
Criminal fighters and officers of the American army have already established a good deal in the illegal arms trade: small arms and explosives go out of storage without control. Even the American special services cannot cope with this shady business.
The members of criminal gangs who have returned from the army are seriously concerned about the police and sheriffs who can no longer withstand confrontations with professional criminals.
Another misfortune faced the US Army - suicide. Only in 2012, a record number of suicides occurred in its ranks - 349. Of these, the 182 case occurred in the ground forces, the 60 in the Navy, the 59 in the Air Force, and the 48 in the Marine Corps. US Secretary of Defense Panetta compared this with an “epidemic.” The number of suicides was greater than the number of those killed in hostilities in Afghanistan during the same time (295 soldiers died). The number of soldiers who resorted to suicide in the 2012 year exceeded the previous year by 15%. Experts predict an increase in this sad indicator in 2013 year.
Psychologists believe that such factors as depression, stress, monetary and legal problems, as well as fear of the future, which the serviceman sees clearly not in bright colors, could provoke a similar situation with suicides in the US armed forces: the White House has already announced its program reduce the size of the army, due to the need to reduce the burden on the country's budget.
A powerful stress factor is that the service of the American soldier takes place in troubled regions: work, as a rule, is associated with huge responsibility and constant risk to life, for many there is no expected career growth. These circumstances lead to a violation of the mental state of military personnel. Similar causes of suicide are also characteristic of the armed forces of other countries of the world.
Psychologists have established a direct relationship between the socio-political situation in the country and the number of suicides in the armed forces. This statement fully applies to the United States. After all, the country is in the midst of a severe economic crisis: the economy is failing because of failure, people are trying their best to protect themselves from bankruptcy, and therefore they work hard. The consumer model of Americans living in debt is stalling.
The failure of the military operation launched by the Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan also did not add optimism to the ranks of the military. But it is too early to talk about the existence of the “lost generation” in the United States, since the war in this region has not reached such a scale as during the First World War or the situation created during the Vietnam War.
Of course, the US military and the public are outraged by the deception of the Bush administration, who lied to their people about the reasons for the start of the military operation in the Middle East. Then the people were told that it was necessary to prevent the threat of Saddam’s use of weapons of mass destruction. Hussein’s weapons were not found, and the attitude of all Americans to this war changed, which also harmed the psychological state of the military.
To mitigate the traumatic situations in the ranks of the armed forces of any country, it is necessary to take comprehensive measures to improve the situation in the military, and these measures require large material costs, social support and, of course, the political will of the leadership.
- Valery Boval