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An Unaccustomed Truth: American Commander Admits Afghan Atrocities

by Chris Floyd

One can only assume that the regular editors of the New York Times were all out at a party, or left early for a weekend in the Hamptons, or something -- but somehow, the paper published a front webpage story that stated -- without the usual thousand excuses and extenuations -- that American troops are routinely slaughtering Afghan civilians at checkpoints. What's more, the story unequivocally ties the civilian killings to the "surge" ordered by the noble Nobel Peace laureate, Barack Obama.

Here's what the Times says:

American and NATO troops firing from passing convoys and military checkpoints have killed 30 Afghans and wounded 80 others since last summer, but in no instance did the victims prove to be a danger to troops, according to military officials in Kabul.

And what is the paper's authority for this astounding admission of atrocity? Not the usual "unnamed sources" or "senior official in a position to have knowledge of the situation," but none other than Obama's hand-picked commander on the Af-Pak front, General Stanley "Black Ops" McChrystal his own self:

“We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat,” said Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who became the senior American and NATO commander in Afghanistan last year. His comments came during a recent videoconference to answer questions from troops in the field about civilian casualties.

Let's repeat the much-media-lauded general's statement again: “We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat." Now, what would the authorities say if you or I shot "an amazing number of people who have never proven to be a threat?" Why, they would call us murderers -- even mass murderers. Yet this is precisely what "the senior American and NATO commander in Afghanistan" has just declared, on videotape.

The story goes on to make the extraordinarily straight -- and indisputable -- point that these wanton killings of civilians who have never even "proven to be a threat" is fanning the very "insurgency" (which is the Beltway term of art for any resistance to American military presence") whose quelling is the ostensible reason for the Laureate's "surge" in the first place:

Failure to reduce checkpoint and convoy shootings, known in the military as “escalation of force” episodes, has emerged as a major frustration for military commanders who believe that civilian casualties deeply undermine the American and NATO campaign in Afghanistan.

Many of the detainees at the military prison at Bagram Air Base joined the insurgency after the shootings of people they knew, said the senior NATO enlisted man in Afghanistan, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Hall.

“There are stories after stories about how these people are turned into insurgents,” Sergeant Major Hall told troops during the videoconference. “Every time there is an escalation of force we are finding that innocents are being killed,” he said.

The story even states plainly that the official figures of admitted killing of unthreatening civilians -- already unconscionably high -- might not be the true extent of these atrocities:

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“We have shot an amazing number of people

but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat." Gen McChrystal

Thanks for the bump Jiminy.
The horrible truth is I wonder how many people really ever think about it or care!? I watched the story today of Nissour Square..the Blackwater masscre of civilians and another video of the Children in Gaza. Heart breaking..I feel like America has lost it's heart and soul.

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

I don't think most people are visualizing baseless murders...

...when they hear about these kinds of things, if they hear about them at all.

I have a feeling most think they are instances where the victims are unintended casualties or targeted based on ~mistaken~ information or, especially in the case of juveniles, that the soldiers thought they were a real threat.

They hate us because we are free,

free to invade their countries and murder their citizens.

Thanks Liberty_Belle, I am truly sickened. This needs to be spread far and wide.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/27/world/asia/27afghan.html

Gen. McChrystal: “We have shot an amazing number of people..

but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat."

Thanks..for the additional link surprised to see the NY times reported that statement!

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

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VIDEO: NATO Tries to Silence a Truth-Teller

in Afghanistan After Killing Pregnant Women

Q: Why would U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan go out of their way to smear a journalist?

A: Because he told the truth about a night raid that killed Afghan civilians, including pregnant women.

Last week, I spoke with Afghanistan-based journalist Jerome Starkey about his reporting on special forces raids that killed civilians and NATOs surprising–and disappointing–response. This video contains disturbing images, and an even more disturbing story of violence, and an attempt to silence a truth-teller. It shows why its absolutely essential that we keep pushing back against the Pentagon’s message machine.

continue article and watch video here:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=18381

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Thank you Liberty Belle

5 stars and a bump...for peace!

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No one cares any more.

Ho hum, just another murder courtesy of my tax dollars. Is there a basketball game on? I have the munchies.

Truth exists, and it deserves to be cherished.

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Watch the interview here..she openly speaks about 911, NWO, chemtrails and does it very well!

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"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Thank you

this upliftited me...but still I might get drunk today...too much stress...money bomb is not doing as well as it should...

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