I was shocked to learn over the weekend that a U.S. soldier broke into houses and killed at least 16 men, women and children in the villages of Alokzai and Balandi inAfghanistan'sKandahar province ("Killings of 16 appall Afghans," March 12).

It is yet one more horrifying tale of bloodshed in that sad nation whose people wanted only to live in peace.

The justification for our being in Afghanistan is again being questioned, as it should be. But our liberal media side with the emperor and steadfastly refuse to look at the mounting evidence, preferring instead to sponsor bloodshed in the name of patriotism.

Andrew C. Mills, Lower Gwynedd, Pa.