We now have entered the stage of “explaining” and “denying” murders of women and children in Afghanistan by Sgt. Robert Bales. His wife insists the Robert “loves children… I have no idea what happened, but he would not, he loves children and he would not.” It is understandable that a wife is unable to conceive that her husband murdered women and children. During WWII, hundreds of thousands of wives, mothers, sisters and fathers of members of the SS could not conceive how their loved one would bash in the head of Jewish babies, murder thousands of women and deprive them of any semblance of humanity. But, they did these acts of violence, and many were men who loved children. Of course, the act of killing a child entails denying that the child is a human, let alone is a child.
Robert Bales did experience PTSD. That is a given. To have served four deployments must have led to scenes of horror, to being close friends of those who were killed by an IED. The criminals who will never be charged with death of innocent women and children are-George Bush, Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney. The criminals who SHOULD be charged with murder are: George Bush, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld.
Alas, they are off on the talk circuit making millions while men like Robert Bales endure shock and horror. Nothing in what I write excuses actioins by Robert Bales, I simply explain why he came to do these things.