Certain sections of the US media and blogosphere are already trying to make a victim out of the wretched criminal who committed the massacre. The real victims had names, although you won't read them or hear them in the Washington Post or on CNN. They were Masooma, Farida, Palwasha, Nabia, Esmatullah - the daughters of Mohamed Wazir. Faizullah, his son. Mohamed Dawood, son of Abdullah. Khudayad, son of Mohamed Juma. Nazar Mohamed. Payendo. Robeena. Shatarina, the daughter of Sultan Mohamed. Zahra, the daughter of Abdul Hamid. Nazia, the daughter of Dost Mohamed. Essa Mohamed, the son of Mohamed Hussain. Akhtar Mohamed, the son of Murrad Ali. Nine of them under the age of 12. All dead.Wounded, but alive: Haji Mohamed Naim, son of Haji Sakhawat. Mohamed Sediq, the son of Mohamed Naim. Parween. Rafiullah. Zardana. Zulheja. They came from Alkozai, Najeeban and a little settlement called "Ibrahim Khan Houses" in the Panjawi district of Kandahar Province.
Bales won't be in the dock alone if he if there is nobody else standing there. My only consolation in this is that the trial of Bales will show up the US military and it's attendant media groupies for exactly what they are and have been in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the eyes of the whole world.