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Fri Mar 16, 2012, 09:15 AM Mar 2012

America’s Crimes of War

from Consortium News:

America’s Crimes of War
March 15, 2012

A decade into the Afghan War, the atrocities by U.S. forces – whether accidental or intentional – keep piling up along with assurances from American leaders that “this is not who we are.” But the unwillingness to impose serious penalties and the failure to adopt less violent strategies say something else to many Afghans, writes John LaForge.

By John LaForge

A U.S. Army Staff Sergeant walked through two villages in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, around 3 a.m. March 11, methodically shooting 16 people that he’d dragged from their beds with single shots to the head. Then he dragged corpses outside and set some on fire. Eleven were reportedly from one family. Nine were children.

The Taliban has promised revenge against “sick-minded American savages.” Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta appeared to confirm this characterization when he callously told the press later the same day, “War is hell. These kinds of events and incidents are going to take place. They’ve taken place in any war. They’re terrible events. This is not the first of those events, and they probably won’t be the last.”

“Events” and “incidents” aren’t the pronouns that come to mind when contemplating premeditated multiple murders of sleeping women and children. Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai called the massacre an assassination and “an intentional killing of innocent civilians and cannot be forgiven.”

Seth Jones of the Rand Corporation, a former Special Forces Command officer in the Pentagon, tried to cement the blood-thirsty image of the U.S. at war when he said March 12 on the PBS News Hour, “This is not as out of the norm as it’s appearing in the media. … Afghans are used to being killed.” .................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://consortiumnews.com/2012/03/15/americas-crimes-of-war/

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(25,592 posts)
1. Tell me again who is the terrorist and who is not?
Fri Mar 16, 2012, 09:29 AM
Mar 2012

How does the United States not fit in its own definition of a Terrorist country?

Stop the damn wars and prosecute the war criminals that are profiting from them.


(36,418 posts)
2. Is America becoming the Germany -- aggressive wars, crimes against humanity -- of the 21st Century?
Fri Mar 16, 2012, 10:07 AM
Mar 2012

I had hopes that the election of '08 would turn that around. But, it just gets worse. No sooner than we withdraw from Iraq, we build up in Afghanistan, and reposition for a war with Israel against Iran. Time to stop the madness.


(20,899 posts)
3. When trying to protect a large part of the world from the ravages of godless terrorism,
Fri Mar 16, 2012, 10:50 PM
Mar 2012

some collateral damage will surely occur: since terrorism can not be permitted to continue, every last terrorist must be wiped from the face of the earth, no matter how long this holy crusade takes, no matter its ultimate cost in treasure, life, limbs, and brains, and no matter the number of innocents inadvertently wasted, maimed, and/or made homeless. This is all so simple.

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