The Huffington Post: The Spoils of War
President Obama has announced an early departure of the US military from Afghanistan. I am certain many soldiers would be happy with this decision.
This opinion piece is a reflection of my own time as an officer in the Indian Special Forces, where I had extensive exposure to counter insurgency operations, and how I saw people change under combat stress.
The damages of war go far beyond what we once believed; society has now reached an understanding about the kind of moral, financial, communal and psychological toll wars can have on the soldiers, their family, community and even country.
Is it a ‘silent disaster’ waiting to explode with unknown consequences?
If the world cannot find a way out of war, then we may well be defeated as a civilization.