File This Under “Scary As Hell.”

If you were ever under the misapprehension that war could not get any scarier or that William Gibson’s prediction of psychologically-warped future soldiers was just fiction, the following link will disabuse you of that notion:

Cross-check: Beware the military-psychological complex: A $125-million program to boost soldiers “fitness” raises ethical questions.

That’s right: millions of dollars and a team of psychologists are bent on making soldiers “not only survive, but also thrive at a cognitive and behavioral level in the face of protracted warfare.” Yes, the article cites the need to keep family members in line as well.

The sober reality is this: we do need to be able to keep our soldier’s heads together in this long war phase of our crumbling empire. If we cannot avoid war, it is a human imperative that we help our fighting men and women get through this. Which makes the science fiction fantasy a mundane practical reality. If this is the course we plan on taking.

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.