Maybe if Sgt. Bales were not sent to war zone he would now be an upstanding citizen, a caring father and good husband. We'll never know.
In a just world, our leaders who authorized these illegal, pre-emptive wars would be held accountable, brought before a Nuremburg type tribunal and tried as war criminals. They authorized unnecessary, illegal war, indefinite detention, extraordinary rendition and the torture of those we hold. Unfortunately, that's unlikely to happen.
Instead the men and women in uniform do our leaders bidding, fight and die and sometimes those G.I.'s are held to account when they commit crimes in the war zone our government can't just whitewash away.
So Sgt. Bales will be held to account, but already his alleged crimes are being depicted as an aberration.
Considering his alleged crime, the episode of U.S. Marines urinating on the dead Afghans they had just killed, the burning of Korans by our soldiers, the earlier videos of torture at Abu Ghraib in Iraq et al, what we learn may just be the tip of the iceberg of what is the true extent of crimes we have committed in these wars.
Sgt. Bales alleged crime is hardly an aberration.