This is the madness that I talk about often that goes either under or unreported during this illegal war. It either breeds criminals or there’s a breakdown in the human mind eventually. Guardian.co.uk reports:
Twelve American soldiers face charges over a secret “kill team” that allegedly blew up and shot Afghan civilians at random and collected their fingers as trophies. Five of the soldiers are charged with murdering three Afghan men who were allegedly killed for sport in separate attacks this year. Seven others are accused of covering up the killings and assaulting a recruit who exposed the murders when he reported other abuses, including members of the unit smoking hashish stolen from civilians. In one of the most serious accusations of war crimes to emerge from the Afghan conflict, the killings are alleged to have been carried out by members of a Stryker infantry brigade based in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan. Click HERE for the full story.
In an interesting twist, HuffingtonPost.com reports: The recruits father says; “Army was warned of murder plot”. The father of a U.S. soldier serving in Afghanistan says he tried nearly a half dozen times to pass an urgent message from his son to the Army: Troops in his unit had murdered an Afghan civilian, planned more killings and threatened him to keep quiet about it. By the time officials arrested suspects months later, two more Afghans were dead. And much to Christopher Winfield’s horror, his son Adam was among the five Fort Lewis-based soldiers charged in the killings. SMDH! Click HERE for their write-up.
Not all of our troops should so easily be considered “heroes“. There are many who are committing crimes that most of us will never hear about. I know that when I was at Camp Arifjan, there was a serial rapist running around that huge ass camp who was never caught! This war is toxic from all sides and we all need to demand that this war be ended now! Some of these boys are going to come back home as hardened criminals. There was an awful expression that went around while I was there– “what’s done in the desert gets buried in the desert”. I just thank God that some will speak up. I will forever remember what happened to that 14 year old Iraqi girl. Check out this clip to remind us all:
What is omitted from this particular clip is that these soldiers saw this girl while on patrols one week prior and had come up with a plan to come back and rape her. (She was described as “very beautiful” and didn’t look 14 years old but rather, she had to be “in her 20’s”– an ongoing debate several times by our military and even reported by ‘american’ press.) It was stated by her relatives back then (March 2006) that this [poor] girl said she felt unsafe. Her mother and father had plans to locate her to relatives but these soldiers came back to complete their twisted desires only 2 DAYS before she was able to leave the area. If it were not for one of the soldiers involved, they may have actually gotten away with this (although he reported this horrific crime 5 months later due to his conscious getting the best of him). Tomorrow is September 11th— the day [SOME] in this country and our government vilified and dehumanized so many people of that region. I happen to think they are some of the kindest and gentle people I’ve met. Dare I say, we all have blood on our hands! “Lest we never forget”. Tonight, I’ll be hosting my blogtalk channel (“United We Stand As A United Front”) discussing September 11th and it’s aftermath. I hope you’ll take the time to tune in (11PM EST). Peace.