Four days ago the British Prime, David Cameron, responded to the news that six British soldiers had died in an explosion by saying that he was “desperately sad“, before adding that “we should think of the families.” Before dawn this morning sixteen Afghan civilians, including nine children, were slaughtered. The two events are unrelated, or are they?
Firstly, we have the official version of today’s massacre in which the killer worked alone, and then we have the version where some villagers reported that more than one US soldier was involved. Of course, the official version is needed by the Americans to substantiate Obama’s claim that: “This incident … does not represent the exceptional character of our military and the respect that the United States has for the people of Afghanistan.” Unfortunately, for Washington and its allies, while there is evidence to suggest that the official version, in this case at least, might be true, for many Afghanis the US and NATO forces in the country are all mad dogs. There are no lone wolves!
Therefore, although our thoughts might go to the families of the six British soldiers, we should not forget why they were killed. Furthermore, if the British people are actually willing to accept Cameron’s contention that British troops in Afghanistan are doing “important work for our national security“, we might be tempted to forgive them. After all, how difficult is it for them to accept the truth of why they are really there. However, when Obama offers his condolences “to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives” before the break of dawn this morning, we can expect a very different reaction on the part of all Afghan people. Mad dog’s an Englishman …. and an American!