November 18, 2012

Regarding Rebecca Sinclair’s Nov. 16 op-ed column, “When war’s strains lead to infidelity”:

I can’t imagine the pain that Ms. Sinclair’s family, and other military families, experience when a member is unfaithful. Although the armed services were specifically mentioned, one would be hard-pressed to find any organization that is not plagued by disruptions because of infidelity and change in family situations among its ranks.

The influence of an open-ended war is no more to blame for specific instances of infidelity than is the associated stress of being an attorney, a policeman or an animal control specialist. Ultimately, a person makes decisions for his or her own reasons and circumstances. Whatever reasons people find to excuse their behaviors are as varied as the justifications that others use to forgive those behaviors.

Scott Wathne, Washington