Written in response to my blog on the killings by Sgt Robert Bales and whether Afghan lives are less important than Western ones. She was in Kandahar at that time and took care of the those wounded by Sgt Robert Bales. Please read as there is pain, patriotism, understanding compassion and questioning in this letter , and written from the heart in the middle of the battlefield, which is why I am putting it up as a blog :
“The writers ( thats me) point was made very clear- and received.
As a female solider- I have another question for you-
How did that boy mentioned above get that suicide vest? If it wasn’t from an adult Afghan male to serve a purpose? Death is never justified. Definitely not to use the innocent as an explosive device.
Media will always be one sided… but understand- there are plenty of Americans being killed- from trusting their “afghan counterparts” and the children that we try to teach and give supplies to- where is that story? I spent a year up North embedded with the Afghans as well prior to this deployment- I have had to put my trust in them as I worked with them- solider to solider- but even their lives were threatened for wanting us to help them.
No life is better than the other- just different. Many Americans have been beheaded and placed on display on Al Jazeera TV as justified killings- no one side is perfect or with out blame in this war.”