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Ted Turner says it’s ‘good’ U.S. soldiers are committing suicide in large numbers because it proves humans aren’t programmed to kill

  • A total of 247 U.S. army personnel are  suspected to have taken their own lives between January and September
  • This compares to 222 combat deaths in  Afghanistan to October 22
  • CNN founder claims it’s  time to put war and conflict behind us and ‘start acting like civilized,  educated human beings’

By Helen Pow

PUBLISHED:15:48 EST, 25  October 2012| UPDATED:16:00 EST, 25 October 2012

CNN founder Ted Turner says he thinks it’s  ‘good’ that U.S. soldiers are committing suicide in large numbers because it  highlights how humans are ‘born to love and help each other, not to  kill.’

The 73-year-old media mogul made the  controversial remarks during an appearance on the TV station’s ‘Piers Morgan  Tonight’ last Friday, shortly after the army’s latest figures on troop suicides  were released.

The data shows that more army personnel have  taken their own lives this year than have died in combat in  Afghanistan.

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Army suicides: CNN founder Ted Turner, pictured, has claimed that military suicides are positive because they highlights how humans are 'born to love and help each other, not to kill'

Army suicides: CNN founder Ted Turner, pictured, has  claimed that military suicides are positive because they highlights how humans  are ‘born to love and help each other, not to kill’

Referring to the startling figures, Morgan  says to Turner: ‘That’s shocking isn’t it?’

But Turner doesn’t agree, and almost goes as  far as to say army suicides are ‘terrific.’

‘Well, what — no, I think it’s — I think  it’s good, because it’s so clear that we’re programmed and we’re born to love  and help each other, not to kill each other, to destroy each other,’ he says.  ‘That’s an aberration. That’s left over from hundreds of years ago. It’s time  for to us start acting enlightened.’

Earlier in the interview, Morgan asks  Turner’s view on foreign policy, and whether he believes America should continue  to be the world’s policeman.

‘I don’t think we should need one,’  Turner  replies. ‘I think we should use courts the way we do in civilian  life. It’s  time to put war and conflict behind us and move on, and start acting like  civilized, educated human beings.’

Controversial: The 73-year-old media mogul, pictured right, made the controversial remarks during an appearance on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' last Friday

 

Controversial: The 73-year-old media mogul, pictured  right, made the controversial remarks during an appearance on ‘Piers Morgan  Tonight’ last Friday

Even before not-yet-released data  from  October, the number of suicides among active and reserve army  personnel this  year has surpassed the number of combined military combat deaths from January to  October 22, according to CNS  News.

A total of 247 U.S. army personnel are  believed to have taken their own lives between January and September this year,  army data shows. This compares to 222  deaths from ‘hostile causes’ in Afghanistan.

The figures, collated by the Brookings  Institution, show an extra 40 troops were killed by ‘non-hostile causes’ while  on deployments in the country.

This means their deaths were not caused by  the Taliban, insurgency forces or Afghan forces.

The latest army statistics, released  last  Friday, show 15 active duty soldiers are suspected of killing  themselves last  month alone. The same number of potential suicides was  recorded in  August.

‘Every suicide in our ranks is a tragic loss  for the Army family, adversely  affecting the readiness of our Army,’ Lt. Gen.  Howard B. Bromberg,  deputy chief of staff for manpower and personnel, said in a  Department  of Defense release.

Suicides: A total of 247 U.S. soldiers are suspected to have taken their own lives between January and September this year, army data shows. This compares to 222 deaths from 'hostile causes' in Afghanistan

 

Suicides: A total of 247 U.S. soldiers are suspected to  have taken their own lives between January and September this year, army data  shows

Combat killings: The high number of suicides compares to 222 deaths from 'hostile causes' in Afghanistan between January and October 22

 

Combat killings: The high number of suicides compares to  222 deaths from ‘hostile causes’ in Afghanistan between January and October  22

‘I am asking soldiers, family members,  Department of the Army civilians,  neighbors, and friends to look out for each  other and reach out and  embrace those who may be struggling,’ he  said.

‘Recognize the warning signs such as  substance abuse, relationship problems, and withdrawal from friends and  activities and use available resources to help yourself or others. Our actions  can save lives.’

For the year up to September, 146 potential  suicides were recorded among active-duty army personnel and an additional 101  possible suicides were recorded for troops not on active duty.

Marine Corps commandment James Amos  said the  problem wasn’t confined to the army and that all armed services were  experiencing a ‘tough year’ when it came to suicides, according to CNS.news.

‘Even with the attention of the leadership, I  think all the services this year are feeling it,’ Amos said.

‘I guess what I would tell everybody here is  there is, through no shortage of great effort and leadership on the part of all  the services to try  to abate this, but this year, I think, is going to be a  tough year for  all the services.

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