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  1. No need to apologize.
    Unfortunately, it is “true” that historically “rape, plunder, and pillage” has been seen as a “right” of conquering troops. And, despite such advances as laser guided smart bombs, GPS-enabled artillery shells, and fire-and-forget missiles, somehow we haven’t improved some of the more unsavory aspects of the human element in warfare.
    Equally unfortunate, the failings of these soldiers (like the failings of celebrities like Anna Nicole, Britney, Lindsay, and others) will reflect poorly on us as a people.
    What may be our silver lining in this particular cloud is that we can be moved to outrage by such despicable behavior (on the part of the soldiers, that is.)

  2. I suspect his crying was an expression of his shame for what he had done, as the WaPo story gave this impression. No, it doesn’t excuse it – however, it does allow us to see this soldier as a human being with all too human failings who committed a monstrous act, rather than some sort of inhuman monster. Yes, ironic – but, if this is indicative of his true feelings, we can take some small comfort in the knowledge that he will have to live with the reality of what he did for the rest of his life – regardless of where/how that is spent.

  3. It is, of course, much easier to see someone who does something monstrous as inhuman. And it makes us uncomfortable to be reminded that even those who have done horrifying things are, in fact, human beings.

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