November 9, 2009

Fort Drum: The Sound of No Hands Clapping


If the disease is the war, and a culture of trauma, anger and violence at Fort Hood, applying meditation and stress management techniques sends the message to the soldier that the distress lies within the individual mind — when, in fact, the problem is the political, cultural and programmatic insanity imposed on the person from the outside, by the system.

This program is not “mental strength for life,” it’s mental distraction for soldiering and killing — it’s for being one with the will, not with the soul.

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images. caption: U.S. Army Sergeant Brian Cheeseman works in the Spiritual Fitness Center where people can go to get help dealing with the anguish from the shooting rampage that U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan went on at the Soldier Readiness Center on November 9, 2009 in Killeen, Texas. Hasan, an army psychiatrist, killed 13 people and wounded 30 in a shooting at the military base on November 5, 2009.

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