If I didn’t know any better, I’d say the media has been working overtime to make excuses and drum up sympathy for our fallen hero, who must have been driven to this aberrant act by something other than just a total disregard for the lives of the people he murdered. The good guys just don’t do this type of thing, not without a good reason anyway.
Just check out this list of headlines from over the weekend:
Afghan shooting spree: soldier’s revenge for wounded colleague?
Soldier accused in Afghanistan shooting recalled in Ohio city as genial, smart football star
Soldier accused in Afghanistan massacre is family man, reports say
Army sergeant accused of Afghan killings struggled to pay bills, passed over for promotion
My favorite has got to be the last one. Willy Loman with an M-16. There were a couple of mentions, almost in passing, of an assault on a girlfriend and an arrest for fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run. Something tells me that if he had shot up his own base or climbed a bell tower at a university back in Washington State and started picking off co-eds, we’d be hearing a lot more about these warning signs of anti-social behavior and a lot less about how he was just a family man struggling to make ends meet.