There is increasing evidence to suggest that the official version where a sole soldier was responsible for the slaughter of 16 Afghan civilians, might not represent the truth. Al Jazeera reports; Hamid Karzai met in his palace on Friday with distraught families of victims of last week’s incident. At the meeting the Afghan president asked the army chief of staff to investigate villagers’ claims that there was more than one attacker. This is not the place to go into those claims and counter claims. However, Karzai’s call for an investigation into whether more than one person was behind the killings is at least implicit of his not trusting Washington or the Pentagon.
Of course, with Obama saying after the massacre 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,” any admitting that more than one soldier was involved, would challenge any continued American presence in the country by highlighting the real nature of an American occupation in which this most recent atrocity is only one of many. Therefore, if this soldier did act alone we might think that it would be in Washington’s interests to cooperate with Afghan investigators who, Karzai, has said, “did not receive the co-operation that they expected from the United States.” With the “lone killer” having been flown to Kuwait on Wednesday and expected to arrive in the United States round about the time of my writing this post, there is evidence here to suggest that the fish rots from the head down.