A sad and unfortunate statistic, as is any statistic that elucidates the toll of empire on human life, is the amount of suicide compared to the amount of combatant death in the military. Soldiers are killing themselves at a higher rate than they are being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Not only are soldiers killing themselves at a higher rate than the war is, but their suicide rate has been increasing. This may be celebrated by Malthusians and Keynesians, but for those of us who understand the division of labor and markets, we understand that the death of an individual is not only devastating to that individuals family, but it causes nothing but destruction. There is NOTHING good that comes from the death of a soldier. Bring them home; let them out of their military obligations; let them pursue happiness in peace.Published in