The identity of the U.S. soldier who allegedly shot and killed 16 Afghan civilians has been identified. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales according to his attorney, John Henry Browne, seemed to be upset about his fourth deployment into a war zone. The killings seemed so senseless. Why would Sgt. Boles take out his aggressions on innocent civilians, most of whom were women and children?
The war in Afghanistan is becoming more unpopular by the day here in the United States. The question is now why are we staying there? The Afghan people do not seem to want us there just look at the riots that were there recently over the burning of the Koran by American soldiers. Perhaps, Sgt. Boles’s alleged actions are just the tip of the iceberg for our service men and women abroad. They are coming back traumatized and stressed out which is not good at all for the general morale of our country’s finest.
What has the United States have to gain from staying there? The war has not only cost this country billions and billions of dollars but thousands of U.S. lives. So, the question that now needs to be asked is whether the war effort in Afghanistan is still worth it or not. If the alleged action of Sgt. Boles are any indication, it certainly does not seem good.