(Reuters) - Sixteen Afghan civilians, including nine children, were shot dead in what witnesses described as a nighttime massacre on Sunday near a U.S. base in southern Afghanistan, and one U.S. soldier was in custody.It always bothers me people try to minimize atrocities like this because it was just one "lone wolf". Would the vast majority of soldiers over there commit acts like this? No, of course not. But when you engage in a never ending wars for ten years, these type of things will happen. They are a feature of war, not a bug. That's not a slander on the character of anyone fighting in this (or any war), it's just the fact that when killing people is normalized, incidents like these will happen.
While U.S. officials rushed to draw a line between the rogue shooting and the ongoing efforts of a U.S. force of around 90,000, the incident is sure to further inflame Afghan anger triggered when U.S. soldiers burned copies of the Koran at a NATO base.
U.S. officials said an American staff sergeant from a unit based in Washington state was in custody after the attack on villagers in three houses. Multiple civilians were also wounded, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) coalition said
President Barack Obama called his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai promising to establish the facts quickly and "to hold fully accountable anyone responsible."
It would be nice if the people (of all political stripes) who are constantly attempting to start new awesome wars would consider this fact before sending other people's kids into this environment.