|Soldiers standing watch outside Alkozai village, where Staff Sergeant Robert Bales killed 16 Afghani civilians.|
|Investigators examine the charred remnants where the burned body of one of Robert Bales' 16 victims was found.|
|Residents of Alkozai village gather outside the houses of the slain victims.|
|A man mourns over the burned bodies of children slain by SSgt. Robert Bales.|
|And elderly man and child, both shot to death by Robert Bales.|
Our soldiers are only human and the human mind can only take so much death, killing, loss and stress before it snaps. We are asking more of our military men and women today than we ever have in our nation's history. Of all the costs that are being constantly calculated to determine the viability of continuing our military actions abroad, the human cost should always be the highest priority. Unfortunately, that rarely seems to ever be the case.