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MILITARY: Save some compassion for Bales, too

Letter by Ted R. Archambault, Tacoma on June 6, 2013 at 1:17 pm | No Comments »
June 6, 2013 1:17 pm

I have watched several local news reports on TV. It seems that our loyal press just can’t understand why a soldier may not remember his actions in a war zone. Four deployments to war zones in a short period of time could be a reason. A severe head injury while in a war zone could be another.

I have also noticed news agencies, including The News Tribune, have lamented about the poor care at Madigan Army Medical Center for post-traumatic stress disorder. Have any local news reporters been subjected to the same physical and mental traumas that this soldier incurred? Let’s us not forget that while serving on those combat tours, he was separated from his wife and children, that in and of itself could bring on severe depression.

What Staff Sgt. Robert Bales did was horrendous, but save a little compassion for him also. I am still wondering about the major/doctor who killed American citizens who is still lounging in prison awaiting trial. How long ago did that happen? Maybe a Muslim killing Americans in the U.S. just isn’t as bad as an American killing Muslims in  Afghanistan.

None of these people should have been killed, but where is the equal justice?

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