Monday, July 19, 2010

Another Socionomic Alarm Bell Goes Off

Think about this story in context of persistent high unemployment, a society that very likely is entering an extended period of deep negative sentiment (and all the baggage associated with that) and a budget crisis looming ahead that could force a significant number of men and women to move from military life to civilian life in a hurry:

'Scary' growth of gangs in war zones
by Frank Main, Chicago Sun-Times
Being in a street gang is now forbidden for members of the U.S. armed forces. But you might not guess that if you were to visit U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to soldiers who have recently served there.

Jeffrey Stoleson, a Wisconsin corrections official, returned from Iraq in January with photos of gang graffiti on armored vehicles, latrines and buildings. Stoleson, a sergeant with a National Guard unit, was there for nine months to help the Army set up a prison facility outside Baghdad...

...Now back in Chicago, the officer said he has arrested high-level gang members who have served in the military and kept the "Infantryman's bible" -- called the FM 7-8 -- in their homes. The book describes how to run for cover, fire a weapon tactically and do the "three- to five-second rushes" seen in war movies.

"It's scary," he said...

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