| ||There is no cheerful side to this story. For the individuals most intimately involved, it is a tale of psychological torment and personal tragedy. The media in the US--geared toward simplifying reality, stupefying the public and whipping up the worst in its audience--is singularly ill-equipped to deal with the complexities of such a situation, as of course are the authorities at every level.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.
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