US soldier suspected in Afghanistan massacre identified

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  1. smile72
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    Source:MSNBC
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    I have a sickening feeling in my stomach that he will either walk free or get a very short sentence. And Bradley Manning will get life.
     
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    Your feeling is entirely justified.
     
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    Should have been tried and punished in Afghanistan, by Afgans.
     
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    I know our government likes to condemn people who commit these acts unless they're our soldiers then they like to save their asses.
     
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    I feel sorry for his family, but most importantly feel for the women and children that lost their lives. I doubt they will let him off easy
     
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    In my opinion it is safe to say that the US government has not been "ours" for quite a long time.
     
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    Bradley Manning AFAIK was completely sane at the time he committed his actions and therefore is legally responsible, however his treatment was/is inhumane if that's what you meant. This man, meanwhile, is suspected of being inflicted with post traumatic stress. A very real and scary thing to be inflicted with if you're a soldier.
     
  8. BlueStar

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    Yes, every time we hear what he did they have to hammer home "after apparently suffering a mental breakdown" as if it's punctuation and list that a friend of his got injured, that he'd had a hard time in Iraq etc. The Virginia Tech shooter was clearly going through a meltdown but you don't hear his crime as "The student who gunned down 32 other students after apparently suffering a mental breakdown" Nor when someone blows up a bus full of people or shoots up a Mumbai hotel do you see the media coverage being about how bad the person who did it felt when his brother was blown up by an American missile or whatever, certainly not more than you hear about the actual victims.

    Can you imagine if an Afghan solider or policeman visiting the US slaughtered a load of American children and the Afghan authorities wanted to fly him out of the County and try him there, talking about what a tough time he'd had and how he was kind of a victim too?

    All the dubiously convicted black guys with a mental age of 12 who get executed for possibly shooting one adult in a botched robbery, and there is not a snowflakes chance in hell of this guy getting the death penalty for multiple child murder.
     
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    That doesn't excuse what he did.
     
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    Mental dementia is a legal excuse which (with scientific reasoning behind it) states you are not/could not be responsible for your actions because your brain isn't working correctly, which also wasn't his fault. I feel for the Afghan families but the most we can hope to do is get this guy in a mental bin. Unless you have a better way of dealing with the mentally incapable? (Choose carefully).
     
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    He was completely sane and as far as I'm concerned anything lower than life in prison is an injustice.
     
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    What boggles the mind is why they sent him again to another war ridden area, knowing full well about his head injury and PTSD.
     
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    Well wait for a report. If he's really suffering from PTSD, we'll know.
     
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    I agree.
     
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    I saw this on the news the other day, horrible story...
     
  17. ShadowSoldier

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    Umm....

    "Officials are investigating reports that Bales may have been drinking before he left the base in Afghanistan on the night of the killings"

    Why do they have access to liquor? Sure, bring porn, strippers, hookers, weed and everything else, but why something that makes you lose focus of who you are and can change you to do some fucked up shit. On top of that, why even have liquor near someone who possibly has PTSD, and give him a gun?