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09 May 2007

US Shame: Slaughter Of The Innocents Continues In Iraq And Afghanistan

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So, lets see what's new this Wednesday shall we?

Afghanistan scenes of sadness such as shown below certainly aren't;that's for sure.


Here's something else straight from the same place -- though this is something new.

"I stand before you today, deeply, deeply ashamed and terribly sorry that Americans have killed and wounded innocent Afghan people," US army spokesman Col John Nicholson told reporters in Washington by video conference from Afghanistan.

"The deaths and wounding of innocent Afghans at the hands of Americans is a stain on our honour and on the memory of the many Americans who have died defending Afghanistan and the Afghan people.

"We made official apologies on the part of the US government and payments of about $2,000 for each death," he said, after US officials visited some of the families left bereaved by the incident.

Big bloody deal, eh? Two grand per corpse, eh? Well, that's mighty big of you, big Col John. Bully for you.

For shame. Even the stones cry out.

And in the self same news story we're shown quite clearly that it's distinctly still the same old, same old. Some more slaughtered innocent civilians.

... reported deaths of about 50 civilians last week in fighting in western Afghanistan between US-led troops and militants.

In recent days there have been protests by Afghans in different parts of the country - including Jalalabad - over civilian killings.

The bloodshed has returned to levels not seen since the fall of the Taleban in 2001, and a quarter of more than 4,000 people killed last year were believed to have been civilians.

We say again 'For shame'.

Read the rest as reported by the BBC.

Next. Nothing new in the endless number of nauseating images emanating each day from inside Iraq either. Well, is there?


Like little lambs to the slaughter, innocent Iraqi infants serially blown to Kingdom Come. All courtesy of Bush-Blair Co's so called Coalition of the Willing and their phony War on Terror.

So we'll stubbornly stick to saying exactly the same things again. And again, and again, and again. But first, please pass us the puke pail.

For shame. Even the stones cry out.

But who the hell hears them? Anyone? Anywhere?

Anyhow, have you heard about this it yet?

US attack 'kills Iraqi children'

By James Shaw -- BBC News, Baghdad

An attack by a US helicopter against suspected insurgents in Iraq has killed a number of children at a primary school, Iraqi security sources say.

The attack took place in Diyala province north-east of Baghdad, the sources say.

A spokesman for the US military said there had been helicopter activity
in the area but he was not able to confirm any other details.

See the whole sorry story here;see it and weep.

Yet there are still some senseless sods who still insist on asking stupid questions such as 'Why do they hate us?'

Well, here's one sensible and sincere suggestion for said simpletons.


Why don't they (personally), ask some suffering soul such as this pitiful, petrified Afghan adolescent?


For shame. Even the stones cry out.

* Update: Afghan annihilations again *

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16 Comments:

Anonymous gordo said...

What amazes me is that the American media is still too cowardly to give their viewers a somewhat accurate picture of the chaos and carnage. Are they still afraid of being branded "antiwar"? Or is the problem that our newspaper publishers and TV executives still support the war, despite the toll on civilians?

7:36 pm  
Anonymous Rex said...

God, Richard. It the eyes truly are the mirrors of the soul then can you even begin to imagine what that poor girl has suffered?

At the same time, haunted and haunting.

Heaven help them - in fact heaven help us all - we're all as guilty as hell - accesories both before and after the fact.

7:57 pm  
Anonymous Alf said...

Rex,

But almost two million of us marched in London, against all this BEFORE it started.

What else could we have done?

9:36 pm  
Anonymous martha said...

I also am filled with shame and guilt, but how much can one person do?

12:41 am  
Anonymous Stram said...

The only thing I can say is that a vast majority of us do not condone this.

I supported going to Afghanistan because that is where bin Laden and al-Qaeda attacked us from and the Taliban refused to turn them over. Not to mention they supported them before 9/11.

We should have finished that mission back in the winter of 01 or by the latest, the spring of 02.

If we would have done that we would not now be stupidly killing innocent civilians.

Paying the families a paltry $2,000 is an embarrassment.

The picture of the father, and the brother especially, grieving over the the body of the little boy is painful.

Sorry just doesn't cut it.

12:43 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My good sir, sirs.
"this pitiful, petrified Afghan adolescent" image is an old magazine photo that was on the cover of times magazine or something of the like.
She is no longer a youngster but a mature woman now.. Saw a tv show where they found her after the years had gone where they go.
Your humble reader,
ainslie dewar

5:13 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mullah Cimoc say now maybe him ameriki begin for understand exactly whom him f---in with.

ameriki needing wake up and rid him nation the israeli spy nets. them running him neocon operatives.

for good instructing ameriki needing read him two book:

inside the company, a cia diary
by phillip agee

a man called intrepid,
by william stevenson

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9:50 am  
Anonymous alexandre said...

My heart bleeds for these poor victims. And try to imagine if you can all the awful things we don't ever see. Remmber how long this has been going on and how many hundreds of thousands the Red Cross tells us have died. Not to mention those who have been maimed physically and mentally.

9:56 am  
Anonymous alexandre said...

Or dispossesed or displaced or both, I should add. Or who have ended their own miserable lives because of their despair.

9:59 am  
Anonymous Charles said...

I was about to say 'good post' but then realised how wrong this would sound considering the content. Still, I appreciate, as always, your good works. Thank you.

One other thing I note and would comment on is an assertion regarding one picture and would ask of Mr/Mrs/Ms Ainslie Dewar.

If it indeed transpired that your assertion were the case would it make any real difference to the thrust of these reports? Would it somehow make things 'better' or even 'not quite as bad'?

10:37 am  
Anonymous Will Grant - Ex Pat said...

What stram and others said. Add my name. We did not all go along with this without protest, and still don't. But also add my name to the list of shame regardless.

10:51 am  
Anonymous anotheranonymous said...

Can I too recommend some books to read?

For Anonymous (the obssesive?):
Better Word Power by The Oxford Press.

When I find something on Hair Splitting or Nit Picking I'll list it for Ainslie.

11:03 am  
Anonymous kiwi said...

Isn't what's happening to innocent people just as horrible and ungorgivable with or without any pictutes. I think paying too much attention to things like that detracts from the issue.

11:53 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It just keeps on coming doesn't it. Seen one of the latest crimes to come to light - from the BBC today. There's no other words for what's been going on for years -- U.S. WAR CRIMES.

Excerpt:

Marine urinated on Haditha victim


A US marine angered by the death of a comrade has admitted that he urinated on the body of an Iraqi civilian killed by his unit in Haditha in 2005.

Sgt Sanick Dela Cruz also said his squad leader shot five of the Iraqis as they stood with their hands in the air.

Sgt Dela Cruz was speaking at a hearing for one of the four officers charged with dereliction of duty for failing to investigate the killings.

Three other marines have been charged with second-degree murder.


Here's a link.

12:07 pm  
Anonymous Tom V said...

For a change, I will play the role of Evil's advocate now:
Nothwithstanding such willful massacres, like what happened in Haditha, there will always be more civilian casualties in an asymetric, irregular warfare, where the enemy doesn't wear uniform, but take the liberty to blend back into the civilian population after military engagements, (mainly ambushes).

In strictly military terms, regular forces -by their nature,- are not very good at fighting insurgencies. They tend to overpower their enemies by their superior firepower, regardless of the extent of 'collateral damage'. This is of course can be 'counterproductive', as the excessive civilian casualties further inflame the population. To my knowledge, this phenomenon appears time and again at every nation's armed forces throughout history, who got involved in these types of wars, not just the Americans, but also Russians, Germans, French and British too, just to name a few.

So for me the main issue is not so much the military per se, but the culpability of those, who unleashed these destructive forces illegally and unjustifiably on sovereign nations.
Those warmonger leaders are first-class warcriminals, and so are the instigators (such as various thinktanks, AIPAC etc.), and equally those mass propagandists who aided the warpropaganda by their deception and lies. The citizenry should deal with these people, according to the seriousness of these crimes.

In conclusion Democracy won't return, but instead the West will continue to slide further down into tyrany, untill the citizenry halt this phony campaign known as 'War on Terror', and punish the perpetrators, and also those hidden forces, who are behind them.

4:20 pm  
Anonymous denk said...

one would have thought that a super rogue like the usa should be locked up for good by now,
but no sooner than its invasion by
proxy in somalia,
uncle sham is now preparing for another "humanitarian mission" in sudan -- with the "world communities" cheering on.
who give uncle sham the mandate to be a "world cop" ?
uncle, beaming from ear to ear, points to the legions of peoples demonstrating all over the world who are agitating for intervention in sudan and says, "its the people, stupid"
eternal war for eternal peace....

3:36 am  

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