In her Baltimore Sun column this week, Susan Reimer wrote that “I am ashamed to admit that my heart aches for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, and I feel almost nothing for the families of the Afghan men, women and children he is accused of killing.”
Baltimore Magazine’s Evan Serpick tipped me off to the column, which he said “has stirred up many angry comments on the Sun website and Facebook page.” (I checked the Sun site late Wednesday and saw only four comments.)
I asked Reimer about the column and what kind of reaction she’s getting. She writes:
The column was honest and heartfelt and not at all easy to write.
I expected it would generate strong reaction among The Sun’s readers, but I was somewhat surprised, and deeply gratified, by the positive response I received.
Many of the readers said I was giving voice to their feelings. Others said that, though they disagreed with me, they appreciated my candor.
This is an example:
I just wanted to tell you that although I seldom, if ever, agree with you, your commentary on staff sgt. Robert Bales was one of the most honest writings I have seen in a very long time. I feel the exact same way but don’t know i would have the courage to admit it. Thanks for your honesty.
Only two or three of the emails I received could be considered “angry.”
In addition, it is important to say that no comments were removed from beneath the online version of the column [as Serpick claimed in the first version of his piece].