Ted Turner on More U.S. Soldiers Dying by Suicide Than Combat: ‘I Think It’s Good’

By Elizabeth Harrington | October 26, 2012 | 5:01am EDT

(CNSNews.com) – Appearing on CNN’s "Piers Morgan Tonight" on Wednesday evening, CNN founder Ted Turner said it is "good" that more U.S. soldiers are now dying by suicide than in combat.

Morgan said: "You made the point to me in the break there that more American servicemen are--

Turner interrupted: --are dying now from suicide over there than are dying in combat."

Morgan asked: “I mean, that’s shocking isn’t it?”

“Well, what, no,” Turner said. “I think it’s good, because it’s so clear that we are programmed, and we’re born, to love and help each other, not to kill each other, destroy each other,” the media mogul said. “That’s an aberration, that’s left over from hundreds of years ago. It's time for us to start acting enlightened."

CNSNews.com reported earlier this week that the number of suicides among U.S. Army active duty and reserve personnel so far in 2012 has been higher than the total combined military fatalities from Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan over the same time-frame.

In 2012 so far (January through September), there have been a total of 247 suspected suicides among Army active and reserve duty personnel as opposed to the 222 combined military deaths in 2012 among active and reserve soldiers as of Sept. 28.

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