this post is going to be really different from what you can usually read on my blog. But since this is becoming more and more a personal blog instead of a plain fashion blog, I wanna share this on here as well, since the whole story is on my mind almost 24/7... My partner was in the US Army for 18 years, 5 deployments. I guess now you understand why this is affecting me so bad.
I guess most of you guys heard about the incident which happened in Afghanistan. Robert Bales supposedly killed 16 innocent people in the Kandahar Province.
Besides everything that is popping up on the news, we all should not forget that behind the story, there is human beings. Families. Wifes. Kids.
I keep following the news. It´s a fact, that with his history of deployments, Robert Bales should have never ever been sent to Afghanistan.
My heart and prayers go to the families in Afghanistan. But also to the soldier, Robert Bales, his friends and family, most of all to his wife Karilyn Bales, and their kids.
I pray for the people having to take care of this case, so they make the right decision and deliver the fairest judgment possible. May the whole truth will be discovered!
Read below what Karilyn Bales (a fellow blogger btw) wrote in her statement a couple of days ago:
Statement by Karilyn Bales:
What happened on the night of March 11 in Kandahar Province was a terrible and heartbreaking tragedy.
My family including my and Bob’s extended families are all profoundly sad. We extend our condolences to all the people of the Panjawai District, our hearts go out too all of them, especially to the parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents of the children who perished.
I know that all good people around the world, regardless of nationality, religion or political values, join me in grieving that such a terrible thing could happen.
Our family has little information beyond what we read and see in the media. What has been reported is completely out of character of the man I know and admire. Please respect me when I say I cannot shed any light on what happened that night, so please do not ask.
I too want to know what happened. I want to know how this could be.
I have no indication that my family’s own safety is at risk, but I appreciate the efforts that have been undertaken to protect us. I hope there will soon be no reason for protection of families, whether here or in Kandahar Province, or anywhere, because the pain inevitably inflicted in war should never be an excuse to inflict yet more pain. The cycle must be broken. We must find peace.
I know the media has a right to pursue and report news. As you do your jobs, I plead with you to respect the trauma that I and my extended family are experiencing. Please allow us some peace and time as we try to make sense of something that makes no sense at all.
All I can do now is emphasize my sadness and my condolences to the families in Panjawai for their terrible loss. The victims and their families are all in my prayers, as is my husband who I love very much.