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Report: US- Committed Atrocities in Afghanistan

by Stephen Lendman
excerpted

Rare On-the-Ground Reports
The London Times Kabul-based Jerome Starkey reports what major US media accounts suppress. For example, his March 15 commentary headlined, "Survivors of family killed in Afghanistan raid threaten suicide attacks."

The incident involved the February 12 killing of two pregnant women, a teenage girl, a policeman and his brother. "No one has claimed responsibility (and) A US official in Kabul refused to" say for reasons of national security, the usual cover-up for high crimes and misdemeanors prohibited for any reason.

This time, survivors were paid off for their loss, but family head Haji Sharabuddin wants justice, not money, and to get it "will....do suicide attacks and (the whole province) will support us."

Starkey debunked the official story about the raid being a mistake. These were targeted assassinations, the same kinds rampant daily on the ground and by drone-launched missiles, mostly against civilians called Taliban or Al Qaeda militants.

Sayed Mohammed Mal, Gardez University's vice-chancellor, told Starkey that he once thought these type raids safeguarded Afghans, what he now knows isn't so after members of his own family were killed. "I realize I was wrong," he said. "Now I accept the things (other) people told me. I hate (foreign forces). I hate the Government" that tolerates them.

According to the dead policeman's son, Abdul Ghafar, "My father was friends with the Americans and they killed him....I want to kill them. I want the killers brought to justice." Another victim's father, Mohammed Tahir, said "They teach us human rights, then they kill a load of civilians. They didn't come here to end terrorism. They are terrorists."

During the February Marja campaign, Operation Moshtarak killed 19 civilians. US Special Forces bombed three minibuses in Oruzgan province, killing at least 27 more, at times apologizing when victims are revealed as noncombatants.

A late December Kunar province massacre killed 8 children, dragged from their beds and shot in cold blood, some of them handcuffed. The Pentagon called them terrorists, making improvised explosive devices (IEDs). They were kids, students, in grades six through 10 (aged 11 - 17), eight from the same family. After speaking to their school headmaster, a government investigator said:

"It's impossible they were Al Qaeda. They were children. They were civilians. They were innocent. I condemn this attack."

In late February, nine more children were killed, aged 12 - 18. Most were "shot at close range while they slept," another dragged from his bed and murdered, NATO initially alleging their involvement in IED making, then saying they entered a village and took fire so returned it, and finally admitting they were civilians saying:

On March 22, Starkey headlined "US-led forces in Afghanistan are committing atrocities, lying, and getting away with it," saying McChrystal-led forces "are rarely called to account because most reporters are too dependent on access, security and the 'embed culture' to venture out" and learn the truth. Worse still, they're paid to lie, cover up, or be fired.

For example, New York Times writers CJ Chivers and Rod Nordland's February 14 article headlined "Errant US Rocket Strike Kills Civilians in Afghanistan." It quoted Hamid Karzai expressing "regret (for) this tragic loss of life." Neither he or the writers acknowledged the cold-blooded murder of 10 Helmand province civilians, including five children, verboten admissions in major US media reports.

What they suppress, Starkey reports, his latest April 5 article headlined, "US special forces 'tried to cover-up' botched Khataba raid in Afghanistan," saying:

"US special forces dug bullets out of their victims' bodies in the bloody aftermath of a botched night raid, then washed the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened...."

The victims - two pregnant women, a teenage girl, a police officer and his brother, those killed in the above mentioned February 12 raid. After initial lies and cover-up, NATO finally "admitted responsibility for all the deaths for the first time last night,"

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Great find

sending out how it will make people stop and think.

Prepare & Share the Message of Freedom through Positive-Peaceful-Activism.

Wishful Thinking~ American Style

I hope the above article will wake up more to the reality of what is happening..the news the US media does NOT report. People need to see how US is not only regularly killing civilians with no accountability but creating more enemies every time this happens.

Wishful Thinking~ American Style
http://www.liberty-news.com/cartoons/WishfulThinkingAmerican...

"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

Hey Liberty_Belle

You posted this on a thread about 6 months ago... and I stole it to use in tons of email messages to my neo-con family, ...and to great effect! Of course you want us to use it (so who cares that I stole it from you... that's what you wanted). And I got to tell ya, this little cartoon is probably the most "to the point", simple to understand, down to earth political cartoon ever created. It is superb!
Just wanted to let you know!

R_Michael~Here is something else

that is very effective to send around...best anti war song I have seen lately!

Watch this and I also posted the lyrics
http://www.dailypaul.com/node/130521

PS. I didn't create that cartoon..I just randomly found it one day and saved it! I've sent it out also..it makes people stop and think!

"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

Sent out and

hope they read it. We can't change anything if we are not aware of what is happening.

Prepare & Share the Message of Freedom through Positive-Peaceful-Activism.

Keep paying for those killers!

Gosh, I get all warm and fuzzy knowing that the overwhelming majority of the people complaining about the killers running amok for the empire keep on paying for those killers running amok for the empire.

As more people become aware of what is going on...

...maybe there will eventually be more resistance with regard to taxes. Who knows.

Everyone doesn't necessarily disagree with your point, none, but antagonizing those trying to help expose the atrocities is not accomplishing anything.

Thanks for your comments and the sentiment

I've just gotten to the point where I think more people ought to be. I find the notion of continuing to fund those killing for the empire to be repugnant.

Yes, the idea is repugnant.

But so is the reality of jail and/or financial ruin, and unlike with a regular boycott, that would be the consequence of not paying taxes.

Most people are not likely to feel compelled to risk jail time for bloodthirsty soldiers going on murdering sprees, and for the people covering up their dirty deeds.

Exposure is important, and if the people trying to expose what is going on get put in jail, the masses won't see the reality of this so-called war on terror.

Also, I suspect that before the refusal to pay taxes could ever make a difference, assuming it could, the game would be changed in the tax arena anyway, as the push is already on for a 'value added tax'/national sales tax.

Edit- One mayor is being proactive and drawing attention to taxes and wars. Check out this other thread LB posted: http://www.dailypaul.com/node/131522

You're right. It's a risk/benefit decision.

What are the benefits of not paying for those killers? What are the risks?

I suppose most people just would rather keep on living in fear and paying for all those killers. What a truly brave and principled people 'Americans' are.

Will one person read this?

Thanks~bump for evening crowd!

"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 bumped you twice now -- so "debate" with me don't rail me

.....given that I'm one of only few "bumpers"

*dialogue*

Responded below!

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I hope you read the FULL article from the link especially about McCrystals history of making thse incidents SOP. Another point in this article is to underscore the theory of blowback.

Wishful Thinking~American Style
http://www.liberty-news.com/cartoons/WishfulThinkingAmerican...

Also..I will not advocate for being one of these monkeys

http://www.biotechmashup.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/seeh...

"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 read it twice but I have no

I read it twice but I have no comment.

Ventura 2012

War crimes common and acceptable

covered up and then when on occasion they are exposed..no one is held accountable!! Sickening!

"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

Make's the recent rash of "evil they" dead body videos

being rotated here on DP seem like a waste of time, huh?

I'm bumping your thread here -- this is my opinion and NOT against you; I like you ;-) But I do feel these types of threads lead no where and my point is drawn from all post-war history of dead body videos that HAS NOT lead to Liberty or anything close to it.

Get's the blood boiling, thta's the reason (all these recent videos) -- and because "viewing is impotent to action" there's the dissapointing deflation afterward. Chem-dump after Chem-rush (this is literal and factual - not opinion).

I was just chating with Jiminy.

I told her how there's been 1000's of videos and pictures of war-torn bodies (since WWII), esepecially from Vietnam -- but the cake has been Iraq, Afganhistan, the beheading videos, and of course 911.

JFK Head Shot -- How many have watched that? 10,000,000? Maybe 50,000,000?

Bodies falling

Heads rolling

High Definition Colored Corrected Digital Mastered ......*sniffffff* Can practically smell the brain matter and YET....after all that Gore-Watching
-------->NO CHANGE.

Peace generates more peace -- Health can generate Peace -- Good Deeds, a Wedding, the Birth of a Child can all produce a feeling of peace.

As Peace relates to Liberty, can watching Violence generate lasting Peace (liberty); no, what about temporary peace (liberty) --- hmmmm, still no?

Violence generates more violence
---violent video watching does not bring peace

If the goal is peace then maybe blood boiling anger wont bring it?

I only need to feel "once" that I've been wronged to learn and be motivated; this constant re-viewing and blitching (blog bitching) 100% brings no change.

My goal is to try to "think" about how to implement "Community-Economics" (this is my work).

I don't know if it will work; but it's never been tried before so at the very least I wont be.

[insert Einstein's definition of insanity]

But the things in the OP aren't being exposed "post war".

They are things that happened recently, in the last few months...in the CURRENT, ongoing war.

JFK and Vietnam may be water under the bridge, so to speak, and people watching those videos can't change those things now, although people can learn from the past.

But you seem to be forgetting that Iraq and Afghanistan are still going on. Also, people are still being held in Guantanamo.

If more and more people realize the atrocities going on in this war, and how they were duped(9/11) into going along with it and even accepting such outrageous things as indefinite detention and torture, maybe exposing the lies and atrocities can effect a change.

Maybe people will stop going along with it.

Jiminy: Time will tell

It's the cycling of anger that is wrong. It blows out the adrenals and locks bad oils and sugars in the body if a person continuously drops into anger.

Michael Savage is always saying how good it is to be angry -- look at him, do you want to look like Michael Savage, haahahha. His anger is wearing him out.

Gandhi freed 368M Hindus and Muslims (slightly more tension than say democrat vs republican) without being angry.

He would transmute his anger into resolution and there are specific techniques to do this -- once one reaches "mastery" you do not need the techniques no more.

Anger is a powerful ally when you "transmute" the energy -- but if you let it cycle it is LITERALLY destructive to your adrenals, gallbaldder-liver-bileduct, and your heart.

Yes, time will tell.

And it would appear there is a recent example of an information-sharing success with regard to the H1N1 vaccine, where it was met with resistance as more people became informed.

Regarding the war videos, this may be the first time in history that, with the instantaneous medium of internet, information exposing the atrocities and abuses can be gotten out to the masses WHILE the wars are current.

As to Belle's point about people watching the videos vs. reading about incidents as in her OP, there seems to be some truth to that. Videos and photographs can have more of an impact than the written word, be it because of the sensory differences or because of attention span.

I understand your concerns about people getting addicted to the emotional rush of the anger induced by these incidents.

But that doesn't mean everyone seeing a video of one incident is even aware of or indulging in the others.

People here get a concentration of this kind of anger-inducing information due to the nature of the forum and because this is where many here come to share and learn. But as I mentioned on the other thread, the info isn't just for our benefit. The idea is for the information to get out.

As you said, time will. But since we have an example of an information-sharing success with the vaccine, I see no reason to not try on the war front, also.

Octo~My point is that

there was so much 'shocked' attention given to the wikileaks video. I want to let people know that the incident was not an abberration ..it is what has happened for years, is happening and will continue to happen!

I'm not 'consumed with anger' I'm trying to inform- since apparrently many are not aware. I was 'shocked' that so many were 'shocked' by the video. That is where I get angry..because unless there is some graphic video attached then people do not even read about these other incidents. The media suppresses all this information from the public until they are backed into a corner.

As you can see..most won't read about these because there is no 'emotional real time graphic' attached. Which is one of the points I was trying to make.

(Sorry, I wasn't ignoring you..was outside enjoying the springtime yesterday..which is what I am doing today too!! )

"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