They Had Names

March 19, 2012 10:03 a.m.

The news coverage of the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians, nine of them children, is now consumed by the details of the American soldier who allegedly committed the crime. His life; his service record; every detail of his existence is being pored over by the press, that the world may better understand what may have brought him to commit so horrific an act.But of the act itself, my former colleague Qais Azimy has performed an important and noble service.

He’s reminded us all that the sixteen killed — men, women, children — had names too.

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