Enhancement To Create Professional Soldiers
By James Donahue
While we defend genetic research
for development of improved and healthier bodies, and even “designer” children, the Frankenstein ideas being kicked
around among Pentagon leaders these days is just plain evil.
These guys are talking about
the creation of better fighting soldiers through neuro-pharmaceutical performance enhancement and brain-computer interfaces.
According to an on-line story
in Wired, the Pentagon’s science advisory panel known as JASON are concerned about experiments in other nations to “exploit
advances in human performance modification” which they view as a threat to national security.
The story says that JASON recommends
that the U.S. military pushes ahead with its own performance-enhancement research, and monitor foreign work, to make sure
potential enemy soldiers don’t become smarter, faster and better able to endure the harsh realities of war than American
Special attention is being
given to new drugs that promote “brain plasticity,” thus rewiring the mind and “permanently establishing
new neural pathways, and thus new cognitive capabilities.”
While the concept of popping
pills to enhance brain function sounds interesting, the thought to using chemicals to turn fighting men into better killers
in the battlefield smack of the stories of cheating athletes who use them to win in open competition, and remind us
of the way the German and Japanese armies were cranked up on amphetamines and other drugs while engaging allied forces during
World War II.
In other words, the use of
drugs to help fight wars and compete with other athletes is not new, the concept of “permanently” establishing
new neural pathways in training and creating professional soldiers to fight our wars is scary.
While it has not been a major
news story, there have been too many reports of Iraq War veterans returning from the battlefield only to commit violent acts
against their families, their neighbors, or themselves. It is as if these men are mentally disabled through military training
and experience that they cannot return to normal living without first going through psychological therapy designed to put
that brain chemistry back to its original state. As if this is even possible once a man has been turned into a trained killer.
What the Pentagon is suggesting
here is the creation of a permanent professional soldier . . . people who have no other function in life than to confront
other trained killers in battle. Once they have been mentally altered for this purpose, it may be impossible for these people
to ever be expected to join society and function normally.
Because of the intense advancement
in new weaponry for warfare, and the extreme threat of destroying ourselves either with nuclear or biological annihilation,
we suggest that we stop designing these new engines for war and start trying to find a global solution to this archaic system
of resolving differences.
For at least the last century,
war has generated into a big business enterprise. It has become so profitable for certain industries to have wars raging somewhere
on the globe, that we believe wars are being sparked for false reasons. The most recent and blatant example of this is our
attack on Iraq in 2002. A lot of people have made a lot of money during the total destruction of that ancient Persian country.