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Unformatted text preview: Click to edit Master subtitle style 1/28/10 SOCI 3201 Spring 2010 The Uses (and Misuses) of Social Research Related Readings: Adler and Clark Chapter 1 11 SOCI 3201 Spring 2010 1/28/10 1/28/10 SOCI 3201 Spring 2010 New York Times , January 13, 2008 Across America, Deadly Echoes of Foreign Battles 22 SOCI 3201 Spring 2010 1/28/10 1/28/10 SOCI 3201 Spring 2010 The story line in the New York Times Town by town across the country, headlines have been telling similar stories. Lakewood, Wash.: Family Blames Iraq After Son Kills Wife. Pierre, S.D.: Soldier Charged With Murder Testifies About Postwar Stress. Colorado Springs: Iraq War Vets Suspected in Two Slayings, Crime Ring. Individually, these are stories of local crimes, gut-wrenching postscripts to the war for the military men, their victims and their communities. Taken together, they paint the patchwork picture of a quiet phenomenon, tracing a cross-country trail of death and heartbreak. The New York Times found 121 cases in which veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan committed a killing in this country, or were charged with one, after their return from war. In many of those cases, combat trauma and the stress of deployment along with alcohol abuse, family discord and other attendant problems appear to have set the stage for a tragedy that was part destruction, part self-destruction. 33 SOCI 3201 Spring 2010 1/28/10 1/28/10 SOCI 3201 Spring 2010 Picking up the story: Letters to the Editors, NYT To the Editor: Thank you for ''Across America, Deadly Echoes of Foreign Battles'' (front page, Jan. 13), a bone-chilling article. Some may say that America rode into the war on terror on a wave of misinformation from the Bush administration, but no element played a more crucial role in perpetuating the war than a constant reminder from the Bush administration that we, as Americans, have a duty to ''support our troops.'' Support surely doesn't end when the troops come home. Yet with so much money going to corporations that are profiting from the war, military mental health programs are still, as a Pentagon task force described them, ''woefully'' understaffed. Why does it seem as if the leaders of this war have conveniently, almost cruelly, stopped supporting our troops upon their homecoming? 1/28/10 SOCI 3201 Spring 2010 44 1/28/10 SOCI 3201 Spring 2010 Spreading the story http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/archives Iraq Veterans Crazy Murderers http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/200 Crazed Veterans Spark Nationwide Crime Wave 55 SOCI 3201 Spring 2010 1/28/10 1/28/10 SOCI 3201 Spring 2010 Response from a veteran To the Editor: There have been more than 90,000 murders and non-negligent homicides in this country since 9/11 and the onset of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. You found 121 cases in which veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan committed a killing in this country, or were charged with one during that period just a small fraction of 1 percent of those 90,000 homicides. percent of those 90,000 homicides....
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