War is terrible. It devastates towns, cities, regions and even entire continents. Civilisations disappear, societies collapse, people are displaced and killed. Nobody fails to notice this. It is physical. It can be quantified. That’s what historians did, do and will do. In the end it’s statistics.
The news that a US soldier run amok in Afghanistan killing 16 civilians, among them mainly women and children, touched me more than many other reports. It brought up a question that goes beyond statistics. What does war psychologically to its participants, to victims and culprits?
I can not imagine, I can only guess.