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Karzai doubts American version of Afghan village massacre

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.

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There are a lot of poor bastards out there being used and abused; it is just not cricket "old bean". Something tells me that ignorance is not bliss, but is, in fact, simply ignorance and in the global village we cannot look the other way.

2 thoughts on “Karzai doubts American version of Afghan village massacre

  1. The US could actually use this to score big credibility points by sending the soldier back to face Afghan justice. They could achieve more in this one, single act that years on the ground. All they need to do is pop him on a plane to RAF Lyneham, alongside the ASD British teenager who’s just be extradited to the US for a crime alleged to have taken place on British soil. Drop him off here. We’ll take it from there.

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