Monday, May 07, 2012

Five Afghan Civilians Killed by U.S. Airstrikes in Northwest Afghanistan - Video

Obama's coward, hired killers murder from safety of office, don't have the balls to take on "terrorists" face-to-face

PRESS TV
05/07/2012

At least five Afghan civilians have been killed and 15 others injured in airstrikes by US forces in Afghanistan's northwestern province of Badghis, Press TV reports.

 
Obama's cowards kill in comfort
American aircraft pounded certain regions in the Bala Murghab district in Badghis Province on Sunday evening, killing five civilians and injuring 15 others, Bala Murghab tribal leaders said.

The bombing occurred after a US-led military vehicle was detonated in a roadside bomb attack by Taliban forces in the region, Molavi Ishaq, a tribal leader explained.

Deputy Governor of Badghis Province, Abdolghani Saber, confirmed the US airstrikes in an interview with Press TV, but did not provide any information about the exact number of the casualties.

An investigation team has been dispatched to the scene of the incident, he went on to say.

Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said the US airstrikes claimed the lives of 25 Afghan civilians and injured several others. He dismissed any reports of Taliban casualties in the attack.



No amount of "spin," rationalization can attempt to portray THIS act of evil, this abomination, as anything else but Satanic and those responsible will be known to themselves, their families, their "associates" forever as murderers

NATO has failed to comment on the attacks. 



Afghan children killed by NATO airstrike
The loss of civilian lives at the hand of foreign forces has dramatically increased anti-American sentiments in Afghanistan.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has regularly condemned US-led foreign forces for civilian deaths.

The rising death toll for Afghan civilians as a result of NATO and US military operations in the country has increased tension between President Karzai and the Western governments.

The United States launches airstrikes on Afghan residential locations under the excuse of combating terrorism. However, the main victims of the US-led offensives are civilians.








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Secret U.S. Program Releases High-Level Insurgents in Exchange for Pledges of Peace

It's obviously not a secret anymore; now Obama is/has been releasing Taliban combat troops to take out more U.S. military personnel

Washington Post
By Kevin Sieff
05/07/2012

KABUL —

The United States has for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups, a bold effort to quell violence but one that U.S. officials acknowledge poses substantial risks.


Afghan girl killed in NATO (U.S.) bombing
As the United States has unsuccessfully pursued a peace deal with the Taliban, the “strategic release” program has quietly served as a live diplomatic channel, allowing American officials to use prisoners as bargaining chips in restive provinces where military power has reached its limits.

But the releases are an inherent gamble: The freed detainees are often notorious fighters who would not be released under the traditional legal system for military prisoners in Afghanistan. They must promise to give up violence — and U.S. officials warn them that if they are caught attacking American troops, they will be detained once again.

There are no absolute guarantees, however, and officials would not say whether those who have been released under the program have later returned to attack U.S. and Afghan forces once again.

“Everyone agrees they are guilty of what they have done and should remain in detention. Everyone agrees that these are bad guys. But the benefits outweigh the risks,” said one U.S. official who, like others, discussed the issue on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the program.


Survivors of a NATO bombing

The releases have come amid broader efforts to end the decade-long war through negotiation, which is a central feature of the Obama administration’s strategy for leaving Afghanistan. Those efforts, however, have yielded little to no progress in recent years. In part, they have been stymied by the unwillingness of the United States to release five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay — a gesture that insurgent leaders have said they see as a precondition for peace talks.

Unlike at Guantanamo, releasing prisoners from the Parwan detention center, the only American military prison in Afghanistan, does not require congressional approval and can be done clandestinely. And although official negotiations with top insurgent leaders are seen by many as an endgame for the war, which has claimed nearly 2,000 U.S. lives, the strategic release program has a less ambitious goal: to quell violence in concentrated areas where NATO is unable to ensure security, particularly as troops continue to withdraw. The releases are intended to produce tactical gains but are not considered part of a grand bargain with the Taliban.


Taliban have won once more

U.S. officials would not say how many detainees have been released under the program, though they said such cases are relatively rare. The program has existed for several years, but officials would not confirm exactly when it was established.

The process begins with conversations between U.S. military officials and insurgent commanders or local elders, who promise that violence will decrease in their district — or that militants will cease fighting altogether — if certain insurgents are released from Parwan. The value of the tradeoff and the sincerity of the guarantee are then weighed by senior military officials in Kabul, officials said.


More dead Afghan children, courtesy of the Obama criminal regime

“The Afghans have come to us with information that might strengthen the reconciliation process,” U.S. Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker said. “Many times we do act on it.” The insurgents released through the secret program are the only detainees at Parwan who are able to circumvent the prison’s judicial review board. Their release is instead approved directly by the United States’ top commander and top military lawyer in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said. One official described the process as being “outside of our normal protocol."

As opposed to the formal NATO-sponsored reintegration program, which forces militants to sever ties with the insurgency, the strategic release program does not require detainees to formally disavow their relationship to the Taliban, Hezb-i-Islami or other insurgent groups. In some cases, detainees are expected to maintain those connections and use them to further peace-building efforts between the Americans and the insurgents.


Afghans have never allowed invaders anything else but endless war
“We look at detainees who have influence over other insurgents — individuals whose release could have a calming effect in an entire area,” one U.S. official said.

“In those cases, the benefits of release could outweigh the reasons for keeping him detained.”

When the insurgency appears to be gathering steam in certain provinces, for instance, prisoners have been released to alleviate mounting tension.

Some Afghans say they worry that although the program might be effective in quelling violence, it marginalizes their role in the country’s reconciliation process. Afghans often provide intelligence that leads to strategic releases, but Americans ultimately make the decision to release detainees. And in some cases, insurgent commanders attempt to broker deals directly with American officials, excluding the Afghan security forces from the process.

“We tried to get the [insurgent] commanders to work with the Afghan National Army, but they weren’t interested,” said a U.S. commander in eastern Afghanistan who worked on a strategic release this year.

One recent case involved a commander with Hezb-i-Islami who was described by Lt. Col. John Woodward, formerly the top U.S. commander in northern Wardak province, as “operationally and tactically a significant player.”


And this, will always be the result - no matter how Obama, Panetta, Clinton spins it

In the Nerkh Valley, a violent swath of Wardak, Woodward had decided that “given our resources, there’s no way we could fight both the Taliban and ­Hezb-i-Islami.”

Although the Taliban and Hezb-i-Islami are both insurgent groups, they have different leadership structures and operate independently.

Through local politicians and elders, the American officer began negotiating with Hezb-i-­Islami commanders, who for years had been firing at American troops. Those talks progressed, and weeks later, the insurgent group was providing useful intelligence on the whereabouts of Taliban fighters. Before long, the U.S. troops and Hezb-i-Islami fighters were conducting joint operations, traveling in the same vehicles and sleeping on the same bases, Woodward said.

But amid that progress, the insurgent commanders came to Woodward with a request. They wanted a relative — the man considered a “significant player” — to be released from Parwan. Woodward began contacting his superiors about the strategic release program.

Researcher Julie Tate in Washington contributed to this report.



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The American Way of War

The American "way of war" will not change until the American people change it, which translates quite simply into it will never change

Huffington Post
By Robert Jay Lifton
05/06/2012

The American way of war has been turning many of our own soldiers into criminal killers and desecraters, and does great harm to our overall spiritual health. The wars we have chosen to fight in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, different as they are, have all given rise to what can best be called an "atrocity-producing situation." Sergeant Robert Bales' rampage in which he randomly murdered 17 Afghan civilians, at least 9 of them children, is only the most recent example.


Several Afghan children were murdered here by "NATO" forces
Yes, atrocities occur in all wars, but in a certain kind of war they can become almost inseparable from everyday combat. By atrocity-producing situation I mean an environment so structured, militarily and psychologically, that an average person entering it, no better or worse than you or me, could be capable of committing atrocities. The military structure includes a counterinsurgency war in a distant, alien environment, against a nonwhite adversary, where it becomes extremely difficult to differentiate combatants from civilians. Add to that the uneasy psychological responses of occupiers or invaders, combinations of fear, helplessness, angry grief in response to the death of buddies, and hunger for an enemy who will "stand up and fight."

What can readily result is indiscriminate rage toward all of the nonwhite people one is ostensibly defending, toward every Vietnamese, Iraqi, or Afghan. Sgt. Bales' four combat deployments, along with other personal factors, could have made him especially prone to atrocity, but his behavior most basically reflects the war he was fighting, the atrocity-producing situation prevailing in Afghanistan.


Americal Division platoon commander responsible for the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam "war" Lieutenant William Calley opened the Pandora box of modern-day mass killings - and was punished with three months of "house arrest" on a military base with frequent visits from his girlfriend

Hence the overall pattern of shocking incidents: repeated killings of civilians, Marines urinating on Taliban bodies, the burning of Korans, the defiling of insurgents' remains as photographed by participants. A readiness for atrocity was observed by Neil Shea, a journalist embedded with American soldiers in Afghanistan. One of them told him that "this is where I come to do fucked-up things," words Shea heard "in many variations, from many American combat troops." Men could be aware that such behavior helped the enemy and could even express cynical pleasure in "recruiting for the Taliban." American soldiers in Afghanistan, as in Vietnam and Iraq, could thus become both victims and executioners, the two roles that Albert Camus wisely warned us to never take on.


War Criminals George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice and others in his criminal regime carried on Calley's legacy in Iraq and Afghanistan

Some have compared Sgt. Bales' rampage with the much larger My Lai massacre of 1968, the slaughter by an American company of some 500 civilians in a small Vietnamese village over the course of a single morning. In both cases there occurred a gradual brutalization of American soldiers, which included the swapping of stories among them about the grotesquely violent things one would do to any Vietnamese or Afghan one encountered. Shea heard a soldier refer to a sergeant who told his men to "kill everything," and then himself add: "You know what? Fuck these people," feelings all too reminiscent of those expressed at My Lai.


The Bush regime gave way to Obama and his crew of fascists, who carried on bush/Cheney policies, like torturing prisoners at Abu Grahib in Iraq, creating thousands of new "terrorists" who were actually family members bend on revenge

My Lai became a defining event of the Vietnam War and Sgt. Bales' killings could well become the same for Afghanistan. With both incidents Americans were subjected to grotesque accounts of slaughter of civilians that could epitomize a war they had already come to oppose and give decisive impetus to that opposition.


Abu Grahib torturer U.S. Army Sgt. Granier (right)
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, visibly upset by American misbehavior in Afghanistan, recently declared: "This is not who we are and it's certainly not what we represent when it comes to the great majority of men and women in uniform." But, I would add, it is what we become when fighting wars structured for atrocity.

We've been involved militarily in Afghanistan for 10 years, long enough for someone born when the war began to be now in the fifth grade. Can we not, however belatedly, draw wisdom from the kind of war we have been fighting there, and have also fought in Iraq and Vietnam? It's time for us to confront and renounce this American way of war.



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