NYT: Our war-crazed veterans are murdering people — at a rate not quite equal to the general population
posted at 9:09 pm on January 14, 2008 by Allahpundit
They neglected to mention the latter half of that headline, being a Narrative-killer and all, but oh well. Hey, know any vets? Then you best arm yourself and keep a wary eye on them at all times. They’re dangerous — almost as dangerous as every guy you know who hasn’t served in Iraq, in fact.
The article makes no attempt to produce a statistically valid comparison of homicide rates among vets to rates among the general population. Nor does it rely at all on Pentagon data about post-deployment incidents of violence among veterans. It basically just generalizes from this small sample (121 out of 1.7 million Iraq and Afghanistan vets, not including civilians and contractors) to conclude that today’s generation of veterans are coming home full of rage and ready to kill.
I’ve got a one-word verdict on this article and its research: bullshit.