posted on Mar, 20 2012 @ 03:06 PM
I think I understand what you're trying to say, and I don't condone the deliberate killing of civilians.
That said, it's WAR. People get killed.
Some of my family 3 generations back were killed in an American bombing raid while they were trying to go get some bread, a mother and 3 young
children. (My family is from Germany). You may answer that bombs simply aren't that precise and the bomber didn't, couldn't have, specifically
targeted a civilian woman and her children. That's true, but also beside the point. In war, civilians get killed. My ancestors are no less dead
because the bomber didn't specifically target them.
My dad (American stepdad who is retired army) talked about incidents in Vietnam or Korea where the enemy sent children carrying grenades with the pin
pulled to "go get some candy from the American soldiers." An innocent child was then shot by the soldiers to save their own lives, but who is really
to blame for the child's death - the shooter, or the people who sent him with the grenade?
No, I am not saying, nor trying to imply, that any such thing happened in the Bales case. What I am saying is that in war, people get killed. There is
a long history of unexpected combatants disguising themselves as noncombatants (i.e. young boys and women with hidden weapons), and our soldiers have
to be on guard for such things, or die.
Until you are there, in the middle of it, you can't know how you will react when your life may depend on the split-second decision that is making a
determination as to whether the person you are looking at is a potential threat, or not. Horrible things happen in wars, and people get killed.
Sometimes they are people who didn't need to be killed, but that's war.
Whether Bales is guilty of criminal acts is a separate issue and will be determined by some authority, I'm sure, but comparing him to a serial killer
is over the top, in my opinion. Mistakes are made, and sometimes they are costly to both parties to the event, but it is in no way comparable to a
predatory serial killer or spree killer in a "home" or peacetime setting.