Killing is hard

Soldiers coming back from Iraq are haunted by the ghosts of those they killed.

A few weeks ago, I was discussing post-traumatic stress disorder with an expert in the field, who said something I found striking. “PTSD usually isn’t about what happened to you. PTSD is usually about what you’ve done.”

Dan Baum has more in the current New Yorker. It turns out that Americans feel guilty when they kill people, even in war, and that the military isn’t set up to deal with that problem.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com