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UPDATED: 17:06, July 28, 2005
Why are American troops in Iraq depressed?
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More than half of American troops in Iraq are rated low or very low in morale, according to a report released by an American psychological consulting agency on July 20. It says 41 percent of the American officers and soldiers fear they will not be able to go home as scheduled; 52 percent are concerned or very concerned about possible clashes with local insurgents. The report said suicide rate is increasing among the US troops in Iraq. The rate not only tops armies in the world, but also is unusually high in the history of the American army.

The moral of American soldiers had begun sinking as early as the major battles in Iraq came to an end. The army authorities have racked their brains to cheer the troops up. They sent Hollywood movies to the military bases; they opened Internet cafe in the battle zones, but the effect of their efforts is far from satisfactory.

The lowering morale in the front is not the only headache of the US military and political authorities. Draft of soldiers has not been smooth in the United States; what is more, the anti-war sentiment in the country has kept on growing.

Why are the US officers and soldiers so depressed that some even committed suicide? The report said the principal reason is frequent attacks from anti-US insurgents. It is not necessarily so however. This year, the 60th anniversary of victory of the war against Fascism, is of special significance to world people and the allied forces during the war, including the American.

In the Second World War, the American soldiers fought to bring the brutal slaughters and aggressions of German, Italian and Japanese Fascist troops to an end. But nowadays in Iraq they face barehanded civilians on most occasions. The "reasons" for waging the Iraq war, especially Iraq's alleged "possession of weapons of mass destruction" have been proved nonexistent. The American soldiers therefore grow increasingly dubious about the justice of the war, although the officers stressed once and again it is an anti-terrorism war.

"Who on earth are our enemies?" " Why are we hated so?" Haunted by these questions all day long, no wonder the American soldiers are so depressed.

By People's Daily Online


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