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No easy answers for Afghan killings
While I watched March Madness basketball action, a madness of a different sort played out near the farmland of Panjwai, Afghanistan ("Killings of 16 appall Afghans," March 12). According to news reports, 60-year-old Abdul Samad returned to his home on Saturday to find 11 of his relatives had been massacred, most killed with a single shot to the head, their bodies burned. Mr. Samad lost a wife, four daughters younger than 7, four sons, ages 8-12, and two relatives. AU.S. Army staff sergeant is in custody. And whatever faith I had in my elected leaders' ability to implement a sensible and just foreign policy is in ruins, regardless of how unilateral this serviceman's actions may prove to be.
March 15, 2012