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Only silence

An aerial view of Kabul city is seen from atop a hill as a street dog walks in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, May 27, 2011. (Mustafa Quraishi / Associated Press)
An aerial view of Kabul city is seen from atop a hill as a street dog walks in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, May 27, 2011. (Mustafa Quraishi / Associated Press)

What motivated a US soldier to kill Afghan civilians over the weekend?

The victims were mostly women and children, who slept. 

As a teen I would ask my dad about the Viet Nam war as black and white footage played across the evening news.

“It’s complicated,” he’d say, and give succinct summaries of the day’s events.

 As we listened to the radio report of the Afghan civilians who lost their lives at the hands of an American soldier, my teen-age son asked, “Why would anyone do that?!”

 As I fought back my tears, my only reply… was silence.

(S-R archives photo:An aerial view of Kabul city is seen from atop a hill as a street dog walks in Kabul, Afghanistan)




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