U.S. Scrambles to Contain Fury Over Attack in Afghanistan
PANJWAI, Afghanistan — American officials scrambled Monday to understand why a veteran Army staff sergeant, a married father of two only recently deployed here, left his base a day earlier to massacre at least 16 civilians, 9 of them children, in a rural stretch of southern Afghanistan. The devastating, unexplained attack deepened the sense of siege for Western personnel in this country, as denunciations brought a moment of unity to three major Afghan factions: civilians, insurgents and government officials. SOURCE
I am NOT, by nature, given to making excuses, but the reasons this Army Staff Sergeant had in his mind may well be, at least to him, very justifiable. He had been, according to a paragraph further down in this post, deployed to Iraq 3 times prior to this deployment to Afghanistan.
Again, I am NOT making an excuse, but severely stressed combat troops can snap. I mean mentally, they can truly snap. We hear much about PTSD and it being suffered by troops going into combat the 1st time, but we also hear of combat hardened Vets that snap too. The mind can only take so much, and no one knows where that *breaking point* is for any individual.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a REAL illness. Back in the days of WWII, Korea and the Vietnam war it was call battle weariness and combat fatigue. Thankfully the military now addresses PTSD and offers treatment to those that come forward and ask for help and also to those that are recognized as suffering the symptoms of combat stress and fatigue.
But what do our military leaders do when that breaking point has been reached and there are NO outward indications?
WAR, under ANY conditions, is HELL. The wars we are engaged in now are even more-so.
Our troops are pretty much hated at every turn, no matter what they do or how they do it. In nations like Afghanistan, they are hated, simply because they are Americans and because we, as a nation, are perceived as *The Great Satan*.
Our troops fight an enemy that is basically a guerrilla force; they are a rag-tag bunch of fighters that wear no uniforms, have no recognizable force organization and a carry a huge conglomeration of weapons like nothing ever seen.
Our troops are attacked with great force and they attack back, but the enemy is nearly indistinguishable from the indigenous people of Afghanistan. In many cases, the attackers are one in the same, indigenous AND insurgent, and with the rules of engagement our troops are forced to fight under, the attackers can run out of ammunition and merely lay their weapon down as they blend back into the crowd, and OUR troops are obligated to cease fire and let this person(s) walk away.
I have to wonder; in the mind of a stressed out American soldier, after 3 deployments to Iraq and now to Afghanistan, does the *line* begin to blur? Does that troop, due to PTSD or whatever you want to call it, begin to see them ALL as a threat, sees them ALL as the enemy and an immediate threat? Is it possible that this trooper is not a heinous war criminal but possibly an American suffering some serious derangement and delusions?
Our troops see it all; death, disease, destruction and atrocities committed by our enemies, does it not stand to reason that perhaps this young man simply lost it?
Bibles are burned, Christian Churches are torched and Christians are murdered but nobody in Middle East apologizes, and apparently, they don’t give a DAMN about what Christians and Jews think, but if a Quran is burned or an Islamic follower is murdered, all hell breaks loose.
I don’t know about YOU, but I call that hypocrisy of the worst kind.
If Islam is NOT the Religion of Death and Hypocrisy, how then would you explain this? Activists: Civilians killed in Syria reprisals.
Do any of you hear the Muslim world and their cry of STOP THE MADNESS as Muslims are killing Muslims?
EDIT TO ADD: The Army staff sergeant who allegedly went on a rampage and killed 16 Afghans as they slept in their homes had a traumatic brain injury at one point and had problems at home after his last deployment, officials told ABC News. SOURCE