US troop suicides are still maintaining high levels despite years of tracking the effects of mental trauma on soldiers.With 2012 coming to an end. US officials report that the Army and Navy are already reporting record numbers of suicides.Similar record numbers are being recorded in the Air Force and Marine Corps--making 2012 the worst year for military suicides since diligent tracking began in 2001. The traumatic effects are war are lasting say experts.As researchers study the causes of suicides in the military, doctors are evaluating the ratio of suicide rates and frequent deployments.According to latest estimates, suicides are happening faster than the rate of one per day. Last week, suicides among active military personnel reached 323, breaking the Pentagon's previous high of 310 suicides set in 2009.
Clausewitz wrote that war is politics with other means. I say that war is the quintessence of politics. All politics leads to war. War is the ultimate fulfillment of politics. In order to abolish war we must abolish politics. The question is how.