Was this tragedy predictible?
The shocking Afghan Massacre that reminds me of a certain war movie you may have seen.
“Charging a Man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets at the Indianapolis 500.” Captain Willard, Apocalypse Now.
On March 11, 2012, Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 38, “allegedly” killed 16 Afghan Civilians during his fourth tour of duty to a warzone. And today, Mr. Bales is to be officially charged with 17 counts of murder, 6 counts of attempted murder and 6 counts of aggravated assault.
So why does something like this happen?
In a report recently issued by the US Army it notes that the average infantryman in World War II experienced a total of 40 days of combat during the ENTIRE war and in Iraq and Afghanistan a soldier is in almost constant combat conditions with very little downtime.
Is it any wonder a guy snaps?
And why are we still in Afghanistan anyway?
We went to war to get Osama Bin Laden and to remove the Taliban from power: Done and done.
Now we’re occupying a Country where its President stirs up Anti- American sentiment at every opportunity and threatens to join the Taliban. Where Afghan troops we have trained have gone rogue and killed hundreds of NATO troops. We can’t even insulate the US Embassy from attacks. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that after 10 years and untold billions of dollars- we have lost the war in Afghanistan.
And I believe that the massacre committed by Sgt. Bales is not going to be the last.
And you know what. If I was defending him, I would plead not guilty and take it to trial. This is war and killing is a business and business is good. If anyone is guilty it’s the US Government for asking so much of our troops.
Sgt. Bales is not the problem. He’s the solution. War is hell and if you want to win there are no “rules.” Were there rules when we leveled Tokyo & Dresden in World War II? Not to mention nuking Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
If you don’t have the stomach to kill with impunity- then you shouldn’t go to war!
Where’s Harry Truman when you need him?