On Sunday, March 11, somebody snuck into two villages in the Panjwai district of southern Kandahar, Afghanistan, opening fire and killing a total of 16 people, including nine children.
Allegedly, that somebody was a U.S. soldier going AWOL .
If that is true, than that is horrible and the perpetrator needs to be brought to justice. And regardless of who did it, my condolences and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones yesterday morning. I can’t imagine what they are going through and I hope that they are granted peace, comfort and justice.
Concerning the U.S. soldier’s involvement, however, there are some rather odd details being circulated, including his age and level of experience…
38-years-old, he’s a married father of two who already concluded three tours in Iraq before accepting his current assignment in Afghanistan. And, according to Yahoo, he left his base in the wee hours of the morning, entered a Taliban-heavy area, shot up a few homes and returned to the base of his own volition, where he “calmly turned himself in” and “lawyered up.”
That all begs about a million versions of the question “Why?”
Among them: Why did a tried and true soldier suddenly buck all of the military regulations and chain of command he’d submitted to for years? Why did he kill mostly children? Why did he do something so horrific on his own, then turn himself in all on his own and lawyer up right away?
Those last details make his actions sound very pre-calculated and the alleged perpetrator himself very reasonable (as in the in-his-right-mind kind of reasonable , not the respecting-the-sanctity-of-human-life variety)… which once again begs the profiler’s question of “Why?”
There are two natural conclusions to come to, one of them being that the unnamed suspect caught a particularly violent case of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But if so, why did he only snap now instead of during his first, second or third tour?
Presuming he’s guilty, the other logical assumption is that he was avenging the murders of his fellow U.S. soldiers, who were murdered by Afghanis in the name of Islam’s injured honor after several copies of the Quran were found burned in a military institution’s garbage heap. While that hardly justifies the slaughter and certainly doesn’t comfort the victims’ surviving family members, that theory does at least explain the soldier’s actions to some degree.
Unless, of course, he’s the scapegoat in a major cover-up, whether an operation gone wrong or a Taliban attack made to look like something else. Regardless, there’s something very strange about this latest international incident between the U.S. and Afghanistan, and it’s doubtful that the mainstream media will report on it anytime soon, if ever.