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:: Thursday, October 30, 2003 ::

A Very Big Difference Between Canadian and US Reporting of the War

It is common for major Canadian news organizations to file stories on post-traumatic stress disorder caused by war. It is a basic fact that I have not seen in major American news organizations.

So, here is a copy of one from the Candaian Broadcasting Corpoartion as posted on msc.ca...

Canadian suffering from stress disorder runs away from U.S. army
Last Updated Thu, 30 Oct 2003 21:43:15
UNDATED - A Canadian who served in the U.S. army in Iraq has run away from his post, haunted by what he saw during his tour of duty.

Tyrone Roper

Pte. 1st Class Tyrone Roper served with 101st Airborne. He was in the midst of some of the heaviest fighting for nearly three weeks. There were fierce battles day and night and Roper was one of the combatants.

"I've always wanted to be in army," he said. "When I was a kid, I used to dream about being in the army."

Roper had three confirmed kills and was praised by his fellow soldiers. But he suffered, he became depressed, detached and irritable. He was pulled out of Iraq and sent for treatment at an army base in Kentucky. But just a few days before he was to be released, he walked away.

Roper is on anti-depressants, diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. He says he is haunted by images of those he killed. He says that's what prompted him to run away and hide in Western Canada.

"I took (the life of) somebody's grandfather, father, son, uncle. I changed lives, not just the person I ended, but their families as well. They were just doing their job, protecting their country, I guess, but I had to do mine, too."

The U.S. Pentagon acknowledges that hundreds of soldiers are suffering from similar problems. Psychiatrists say PTSD is the product of killing.

Roper says he will soon go back to "take what punishment is coming," and then he will leave the military.

But the memories of the horrors in Iraq will stay with him much longer.

Written by CBC News Online staff

:: David 7:27 PM [+] ::
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