Local Scholars, Therapists, Marine Wives Try To Make Sense Of Afghanistan Shooting

There is new concern over the safety of U.S. troops abroad following the attack by a U.S. soldier charged with killing 16 Afghanistan civilians, and a call by the Taliban for revenge.

Dr. Jalil Roshandel at ECU has academic roots in political science, specializing in middle east relations. He says, "Islamic society is culturally based on blood for blood- eye for eye- hand for hand. So that cannot be totally forgotten."

Alexis Johnson's husband is in the Marines. While he is in the U.S. now, she knows he can be called for combat at any minute. Johnson says, "I think anybody should worry. It's still a hostile situation over there."

Concern then turns to those troops still on the ground in Afghanistan. Some are quick to diagnose the soldier involved with with PTSD, or post traumatic stress disorder.

Charles Pearce is a clinical therapist, and says he knows blaming PTSD is a natural reaction, but he believes it was more likely a psychotic break, meaning "The solider became under so much stress, he was unable to really determine the nature of reality that he was working in and suddenly became aggressive and agitated and decided to take the action that he did probably for some delusional reason."


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  • by Colleen Location: Jacksonville on Mar 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM
    It was pre meditated murder. Maybe to get out of the military or maybe out of hatred. Simple as that.
  • by Dont Location: Forget on Mar 14, 2012 at 04:30 AM
    I think we are the missing the point; that is U.S. Service member deployed to defend this country. He shall never suffer the injustice of another countries court. Bring hime home and step down from your thrones on high, you prideful Americans.
  • by Bee Location: enc on Mar 13, 2012 at 02:00 PM
    I support our troops, always have and will. This however, should seriously be dealt with via afgan firing squad.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 at 01:20 PM
    Too bad this guy did not blow away more than 16 of them. They killed our soldiers over nothing but trying to protect them and stopping the prisoners from passing notes. Bush should have nuked the whole place back in 2001 and been finished with them.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Mar 13, 2012 at 05:36 AM
    Since 9/11, hasn't there always been 'concern' about traveling there? In fact, anytime one visits certain foreign countries there should be concern.
  • by Really.. on Mar 13, 2012 at 05:13 AM
    There's no telling what this man saw on his 4 Tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. That doesn't make this okay, but let's be honest, unless you've been there, who can truly say what they wouldn't do? Again, unless you've been there, you cannot begin to fathom the stress that our military faces on a daily basis. After time, these things begin to eat away at you. I believe the clinical therapist was right, it was a psychotic break.
  • by Ken Location: local on Mar 12, 2012 at 08:00 PM
    The taliban has called for revenge. What a joke, when they're sending people into places of worship, shopping centers, & weddings to blow up themselves & innocent men, women & children. How about if the Afganistan people take revenge on them!
  • by Just Maybe on Mar 12, 2012 at 07:22 PM
    Maybe, just maybe, it has something to do with the fact that this soldier was on his fourth tour of duty to a war zone and a survivor of a brain injury from one of those previous tours. He never should have been sent back into battle. Whoever set the policies that sent him back into battle is responsible for what happened. Since every democrat blames Bush for every little thing that happened while he was commander in chief, I think it is fair to say this is the fault of Obama. Thank you Obama, for apologizing when you had no business doing so and, once again, putting our brave men and women in even more harms way than they ever were before!!
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Mar 13, 2012 at 05:38 AM in reply to Just Maybe
      I agree. I've always felt like we shouldn't be there at all. Our 'presence' has done no permanent good. Afghanistan insurgents are trying to kill out what good people are left to become a total military nation, I believe.
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      by ncyankee on Mar 13, 2012 at 01:54 PM in reply to Just Maybe
      this soldier has been there a few times, and also had a brain injury from a roll over vehicle. so they send him back, and HE FALLS APART. This soldier needs help from the VA AND NOT A TRIAL. come on, this is a hot spot that wont go away, and is a no no win situation. Where are the politicians when you need them GET OUT NOW, and let this country take care of its own. and while at it, save the money and put it here to help with the veterans, homeless and hungary, and the list goes on. stop all funding to those that hate us. period.
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