Hi Meredith, when scientists talk to each other (including criticism) it’s meant to be helpful, because scientists build knowledge and help solve problems through collaboration. I’m a scientist who does ethnographic research on personal resilience, talking to a fellow scientist and ethnographer who has overlapping concerns. I think this is really important stuff, and I care very much about the health, safety, wealth, and dignity of all people, including the Afghans this story is about. So I promise you I read the story, and did so with great attention and interest. But I read it from a “How do we improve our understanding of the world so we can actually make positive change?” perspective. Practical solutions to problems are a higher priority than feels.
Also, can I suggest you tone down the moralizing? I was a US Marine for 15 years — any civilian trying to lecture a Marine about suffering and privation is bound to come across as entitled, and more than a bit ridiculous.