I have supported the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan although my support has been waining lately. Looking at the pictures of the Afghan civilians murdered, there is no other word to describe this act other than murder, is a very hard thing to do. Women, children and men senselessly slaughtered by one United States Soldier. It is an act of a mad man without excuse.
The perpetrator of this crime was on his 4th tour, 3 in Iraq and the present one in Afghanistan. He is married with children of his own. I am also sure that something snapped in him to commit such a horrendous act.
The men and women of our armed services are tired and burned out on war. They need a long rest and need to heal both physically and mentally. But still this is no excuse for what occurred in this case.
The Afghan people deserve better. Our men and women in uniform deserve better.
This year both the allied Afghans and the coalition forces have perpetrated atrocities on each other and no profound excuse is forthcoming.
I believe that Afghanistan does not have the 'national will' to become the country we have envisioned. Actually I will go out on a limb here and predict that once the coalition leaves Afghanistan will return to its old ways. The so called budding democracy will die on the vine and wait to be rekindled when some other western country attempts to plant the seeds.
A sad commentary indeed.
We will all make our apologies and soon after we will go back to killing each other. It seems that has been the course of Afghan history.