Yeah…what? This is for those of you that still think the NYT is, as they have so humbly self-proclaimed, “All that’s fit to print.”
Here’s a short excerpt from the Times extensive 9 page article:
“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.” –Read it all here
If you read the article, you are left feeling a little concerned about vets, you know, that perhaps the war is making them more likely to commit violent crimes.
Oh, but wait a minute – what happens when you compare the numbers the Times ran about the vets with the actual national murder rate?
The Times documentation of 121 potential killings out of more than 1.5 million veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), divided by 6 years of conflict results in a murder rate of just 1.34 incidents per 100,000 veterans per year.
That murder rate is far lower than the murder rate for the general population, demonstrating that the experiences of military service – including having served in Iraq and Afghanistan – actually made it less likely for returning veterans to commit murder once they returned home, than the general population.
Given a census-estimated population of the United States of 300,000,000 persons in this country as of October 2006, and FBI-compiled statistics of 17,399 homicide offenders for 2006, the murder rate of the general population was 5.80 offenders per 100,000 on average – and a rate of approximately 7.67 per 100,000 for men.
In case you didn’t quite follow that, by conservative estimates: Our troops are actually more than 5 times LESS likely to commit a capitol offense than the average citizen their age. Military service actually makes it 80% less likely that you will be a murderer.
This little bit of data somehow blew right past the Times’ 9 page report: “Across America: Deadly Echoes of Foreign Battles.” I guess comparing the numbers might not have supported their OPINION.
For those of you who are still reading this rotting maggot-laden piece of garbage, you may want to think about trying a paper that actually reports news, rather than subtly brainwashing you into a certain point of view.
Read the full counter report at Move America Forward.