The official line for the atrocity carried out in Kandahar has now been clearly established: a US soldier went off base alone in the night and proceeded to kill 16 civilians in a nearby village before setting fire to the bodies.
Tensions were already inflamed over the burning of the Quran by American soldiers, and following on from the revelation of “kill teams” collecting body parts as “trophies” and the leaked footage of troops urinating on dead Afghans.
The latest line from the US government on the killings has been to discuss at length the mental state of the gunman. Initially, he was described as being possibly “deranged” at the time of the shootings; then, it was stated that he had suffered a “mental breakdown”, yet another soldier from Fort Lewis-McChord to have buckled under the strain of warfare and gone on a killing spree — a considerably more common trait for US soldiers than their NATO allies.
Additional reports have since emerged pointing to a “traumatic brain injury”.
So far, nothing seems out of the ordinary with this narrative – until you include the eyewitnesses.
According to PakTribune: “One Afghan father who said his children were killed in the shooting spree accused soldiers of later burning the bodies.” Reuters were told by witnesses that “a group of US soldiers” arrived at the village and were responsible for the killings.
Resident Haji Samad said:
They [the Americans] poured chemicals over their dead bodies and burned them … I saw that all 11 of my relatives were killed, including my children and grandchildren.
A neighbour, Agha Lala, added, “They were all drunk and shooting all over the place.”
The official response from the US came shortly after: “Based on the preliminary information we have this account is flatly wrong,” the official said. “We believe one US service member acted alone, not a group of US soldiers.”
No information has been provided to refute the testimony of the eyewitnesses, who also described shots being fired from several directions.
As Afghan lawmaker Abdul Rahim Ayubi observed,
It is not possible for only one American soldier to come out of his base, kill a number of people far away, burn the bodies, go to another house and kill civilians there, then walk at least 2 kilometers and enter another house, kill civilians and burn them.
Local Panjwai councilman, Abdul Ghani, corroborated the unlikelihood of a single shooter, stating, “The villagers said they were hearing machine gun fire and pistol fire from different directions.”
Afghan President Hamid Karzai to America: “You killed our children!”
While objectively-speaking the evidence would point towards multiple shooters, once again the media have taken the pronouncements of unnamed “US officials” as gospel truth.
The official line has been set in stone: in print and on the TV news channels.
As for the eyewitness accounts of drunken troops killing over a wider area, firing wildly, urinating on the dead bodies and then burning them—that, predictably, has been expunged from the record and gone down the Orwellian memory hole.
It never happened.
Based on this article By Andy Dilks.
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Pandora Alexandrovna Pushkin is a Russian-American academic and human rights activist.
Comment offered by Northerntruthseeker:
I have been just as disgusted as everyone else has been over the last week since learning of the attack on a group of 16 innocent Afghan civilians by some 20 US soldiers in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
That brutal attack, in which some nine women and children were needlessly slaughtered, was bad enough, but now today come new allegations that at least two of the women were raped by these US soldiers before being killed.
Two members of the fact-finding mission, Hamidzi Lali and Shakila Hashemi, told the general meeting of Afghanistan’s parliament on Saturday that the American troopers raped two Afghan women before starting the massacre.
It is no wonder that the people of Afghanistan are all up in arms over this latest senseless murder by the American occupiers of their country. There have naturally been new calls for the immediate withdrawal of all American and NATO forces from the country. The Americans have been in Afghanistan for ten years now—and they have definitely overstayed their “welcome”.
For the last few days, I have been watching the US news media outlets try to spin this latest act of cold-blooded murder, as they vainly try to get America off the hook. They have failing miserably. Instead, they have turned themselves into laughing stocks.
The real farce is that the US Government is continuing to spin this story as an act committed by a “lone gunman”. All the evidence shows otherwise.
The simple fact is again that America and NATO shouldn’t even be in Afghanistan in the first place. They were only sent there on command of their Rothschild Jewish masters to have the Opium poppy fields put back into production — this for the financial benefit of Lord Rothschild.
Now, 10 years later, they have literally destroyed Afghanistan. They have left it irradiated with depleted uranium—for the next four billion years! They have killed thousands of innocent Afghan civilians. They now have the impudence to suggest that, when they leave the country officially, they will nevertheless leave behind some of their troops as permanent “peace keepers”.
This latest act of murder by psychopathic American soldiers underlines an obvious point. America is not interested in peacekeeping. The Afghan people want America to leave. Every single American. Right now. They see the Americans as the rest of the world sees them: as brutal occupiers.
The 20 or so American soldiers responsible for this atrocity must be brought to justice immediately.
The US must not only apologize to the Afghan nation for this latest massacre, but it must withdraw its forces from Afghanistan at once.