The predicted police violence rapidly is coming true. First, on October 18, US Marine Sgt. Shamar Thomas, back from two tours in Iraq, intervened to reproach the NYPD for wanton attacks on peaceful protesters in Manhattan. Nine days later, a 24-year old Iraq war veteran, Scott Olson, was felled with a skull fracture on the streets of Oakland after being struck by a projectile fired by police into a crowd.
President Obama announced the full withdrawal of American troops from Iraq on the day of the first incident. It was not soon enough for Scott Olson.
It appears that a mass outbreak of post-traumatic stress syndrome is occurring all across America because of a toxic combination of economic crisis, cuts in social programs and the continuance of a Long War of unknown duration.
Scott Olson is expected to recover his speech and brain functions. But the 1.2 million returning Iraqi veterans will have to address war-caused memories largely on their own.