On March 11, up to 20 US
forces murdered 16 Afghan men, women, and nine children, aged two to
12. Children were massacred while they slept. Two women were also raped
before soldiers killed them.
Major media scoundrels whitewashed the crimes by shamelessly blaming
one soldier to absolve others, and most of all, higher-ups responsible
for permitting a culture that condones and encourages them.
A transparent March 11 Pentagon Secretary of Defense Panetta statement
said the following:
"Today I spoke to President Karzai to offer my deepest condolences and
profound regret for the tragic incident in Kandahar province that resulted
in the loss of life and injuries to innocent Afghan civilians, including
women and children."
“A full investigation is already underway. A suspect is in custody,
and I gave President Karzai my assurances that we will bring those responsible
to justice. We will spare no effort in getting the facts as quickly
as possible, and we will hold any perpetrator who is responsible for
this violence fully accountable under the law."
“I condemn such violence and am shocked and saddened that a U.S. service
member is alleged to be involved, clearly acting outside his chain of
command. I told President Karzai that the American people share
the outrage felt by President Karzai and his fellow citizens.
This tragic incident does not reflect the commitment of the U.S. military
to protect the Afghan people and help build a strong and stable Afghanistan."
“As we mourn today with the Afghan people, we are steadfast in our resolve
to work hand in hand with our Afghan partners to accomplish the missions
and goals on which we have been working together for so long."
"This terrible incident does not reflect our shared values or the progress
we have made together. As I told President Karzai, I am fully
committed to ensuring that our cooperation continues. It is essential
to forging a more peaceful future for the citizens of both our nations."
Like similar Pentagon, White House, and other official statements, Panetta's
words ring hollow. They also reflected damage control cover-up, not
only of a crime too grave to ignore, but just the latest in a systematic
ongoing pattern wherever America shows up.
Like others, this one included rape and murder. According to Pajhwok
"A parliamentary probe team on Thursday said up to 20 American troops
were involved in Sunday’s killing of 16 civilians in southern Kandahar
It spent two days interviewing surviving family members, witnesses,
and tribal elders. They also gathered evidence where killings took place.
Two groups of US soldiers were involved. Attacks occurred in separate
villages one and a half kilometers apart.
"We are convinced that one soldier cannot kill so many people in two
villages within one hour at the same time."
Most victims were women and children. Parliamentarian Hamidzai Lali
demanded that the UN and international community ensure those responsible
are prosecuted in Afghanistan.
Lali said the Wolesi Jirga, Afghanistan's lower House of the People,
won't stay silent until prosecutions occur, adding:
"If the international community does not play its role in punishing
the perpetrators, the Wolesi Jirga would declare foreign troops as occupying
forces, like the Russians."
Soldiers Committed Rape and Murder
On March 18, India's Siasat Daily headlined, "US Forces raped two Afghan
The Afghan probe team said US soldiers systematically went from house
to house in two villages, raped two women before murdering them, and
at least 14 others.
Some victim bodies were then set ablaze.
On March 17, Russia Today called the Kandahar massacre "preplanned"
murder, according to Afghan Army Chief of Staff Lt. General Sher Mohammad
He and President Karzai said multiple assailants were involved. They
also stressed that US commanders stonewalled Afghan demands to interrogate
those responsible and hold them accountable locally.
Surviving family members and witnesses said assailants had air support.
Helicopters brought them in and remained overhead during the carnage.
Kandahar Massacre Reflects Earlier Ones
Analyst Rick Rozoff called the incident "particularly egregious" because
of its "cold-blooded, calculated" nature. It evoked echoes of past ones
like Vietnam's My Lai, Iraq's Haditha, and two Fallujah slaughter incidents
in April/May 2004, then in genocidal numbers in November/December.
Survivors and witnesses confirmed industrial scale mass murder. Children
saw parents shot. Adults lost spouses and children. Homes and stores
Thousands of others were destroyed. A government committee found 26,000
houses damaged and another 3,000 completely demolished. They included
70 mosques, 50 schools, and Fallujah's power plant. The city depended
on it for electricity, 50% of its drinking water distribution, and 70%
of its sewer system.
Overall, indiscriminate slaughter, destruction, and environmental contamination
occurred. It was followed by looting, mass arrests, torture, and deaths
from ill treatment and disease. A cancer epidemic followed and numerous
previously unknown or rarely seen illnesses, severe congenital malformations,
Since 2001, millions of Afghans and Iraqis died. Libya's enduring its
own nightmare. Syria and Iran are next. American wars show no mercy.
Rape as a Weapon of War
In all US war theaters, slaughter, sadism, and other atrocities are
institutionalized. Rape becomes a weapon of war. On June 19, 2008, the
Security Council agreed, adopting Resolution 1820.
It demanded an "immediate and complete halt to acts of sexual violence
against civilians in conflict zones." It said:
“women and girls are particularly targeted by the use of sexual violence,
including as a tactic of war to humiliate, dominate, instil fear in,
disperse and/or forcibly relocate civilian members of a community or
These offenses also "constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity
or a constitutive act with respect to genocide."
Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Manifred Nowak said
rape constitutes torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
or punishment used as a weapon of war to inflict greater pain and suffering.
Author Slavenka Drakulic described it as "slow murder." The Nuremberg
Tribunal called it a crime against humanity.
Nothing, however, stops it, and UN resolutions fall woefully short.
The latest Afghan rape and multiple murder atrocity reflects countless
others. It's because US soldiers are trained to be violent in war theaters
and show no mercy. Anything goes and does. Women and young girls are
In May 2009, Britain's Daily Telegraph said former US General Antonio
Taguba said the Obama administration sought to suppress images of US
soldiers raping and sodomizing Iraqi prisoners.
He called photos he saw explosive, saying they "show torture, abuse,
rape and every indecency. The mere description of these pictures is
horrendous enough. Take my word for it."
These and similar incidents aren't isolated. Nor are a few "bad apples"
alone involved. They're widespread, tolerated, and sanctioned up to
the highest government, military, and intelligence levels in all US
Victims are helpless targets, including young girls and boys sodomized
with phosphorescent tubes, clubs, wire, and other implements to inflict
Instead of holding those responsible accountable, Obama suppressed their
crimes. As a result, they continue. The latest Afghan victims represent
a drop in the ocean. International and US law principles are ignored.
Atrocities follow others repeatedly.
Wars reflect more than hell. They manifest generations of condoned US
barbarity. It's been institutionalized to permit wanton rape, sodomy,
torture, sadism, murder, and virtually all other imaginable atrocities
America the beautiful is an illusion only young children and fools believe.
Ugly war theater wickedness reveals its true dark side. Its victims
attest to how monstrous.
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