While the world focuses on a nut-job in Florida, a report from the UK Guardian comes out reporting war crimes committed by our troops.

From the piece:

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.

The names of the five soldiers accused of murder are: Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, Jeremy Morlock,  Andrew Holmes, Michael Wagnon and Adam Winfield.  According to the piece, the actions were first reported in May and arrests were made in June.  But somehow it doesn’t make it into the news until now.  We will see how the 24 hour news cycle handles this one, will they continue to continuously interview Billy Bob Book Burner or will they start reporting the real news coming from the front lines.

We wonder why so many Muslim youth can be so easily indoctrinated by radicals into hating the west.  We try to blame it on “our freedom”, i.e. they hate us because we have free speech that allows crazy folks to burn Qurans.  We try to blame it on public opposition to building a mosque near ground zero, i.e. “imam threatened more Islamic terrorism if we don’t let him build the Cordoba Initiative mosque”

Could it be that we have hundreds of thousands of soldiers occupying Muslim lands, some of which they consider holy.  Could it be that we have a long tract history of interfering with the affairs of soverign Muslim nations, propping up our own puppet governments?  Could it be that we have unmanned drones crossing over into soverign Pakistan without Pakistani or US congressional approval, resulting in the death of women and children we simply consider “collateral damage”.  Could it be that we have soldiers raping their daughters, then murdering entire families to cover it up?  Could it be that we have soldiers tossing grenades at the feet of civilians for fun, killing them for sport, and collecting fingers for their entertainment.

No it couldn’t be any of that…that would be blaming America first.

8 comments
  1. Not condoning murder… let’s remember they have been accused, that isn’t the same as convicted. There are a number of reasons the press don’t hear about these things until later. Like operational security for instance.

    I think you’re showing youthful naivete regarding Muslim motivation. Are we letting radical Islam and terrorists off the hook for decades of terrorist activity – kidnappings, hijackings, Munich Games, bombs, Lockerbie, WTC boming, embassy bombings, beheadings, 9/11, USS Cole, and on and on and on. That’s not to mention atrocities committed to their own people – honor killings and then the martyrdom and persecution of many, many Christians.

    One primary difference between the United States and radical Islam that you fail to point out is that when we commit war crimes – we put our soldiers on trial, they face consequences. When Muslims commit atrocities – well they dance in the streets.

    You need to apologize to the men and women in our military that you just slandered, by lumping them in with the handful who have been accused of committing atrocities. The majority of them serve with distinction and have gone out of their way putting themselves at increased risk so they can avoid innocent men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan from being hurt or killed. They have also done much good and can you honestly say that Afghanistan was better off under the Taliban? If you believe that then you were not paying attention to what was going on there before.

    1. A lot to respond to here, don’t have the time at the moment, but want to respond to this:

      “You need to apologize to the men and women in our military that you just slandered, by lumping them in with the handful who have been accused of committing atrocities”

      I wish it would go without saying, but is seems like in our society we have to add a disclaimer to everything we say as not to offend anyone so here goes…

      ***Of course most US soldiers are fine upstanding people, bravely serving their country and those accused of these atrocities do not represent the majority***

  2. Dustin,

    Your interpretation of the news coming from Dawn.com was misleading though I am glad you included it as a link. Those were legitimate military targets. Why is that pacifists only speak out against the US military? When was the last post you made blaming anybody but the US for the problems in the world?

    David

    1. “Your interpretation of the news coming from Dawn.com was misleading though I am glad you included it as a link. Those were legitimate military targets.”

      What was misleading about my interpretation?

      “Why is that pacifists only speak out against the US military? ”

      Because we are they one with troops stationed in 150 countries, recently involved in 2 large wars, etc

      “When was the last post you made blaming anybody but the US for the problems in the world?”

      I think there is plenty of blaming Muslims for all the worlds problems, just look back at all of your posts. I think there is plenty of blame that belongs on all sides of the conflict, including ourselves.

  3. It is war.
    They weren’t sent to Afghanistan to make friends, but to kill.
    They did what they were trained to do.

    Why pick on them?

  4. I now believe that all the gratuitous handwringing by the POTUS, SecDef, and General Petraeus ostensibly over some yahoo burning a Koran in the sticks somewhere was all a calculated red herring to divert attention away from this very story. A cursory search on YouTube for ‘koran burn” will show that such stunts have been going on for years now without any concern from even the lower echelons of government. Why should there be? It’s free speech. That’s what we do here. Why now are we supposed to believe that “overreaction” to a Koran burning now is responsible for putting troops in danger? I’d wager what the Afghans we see burning US flags are really enraged about now is this alleged war crime referred to here; not some pentacostal attention junkie from Florida torching the muslim holy book. Unless you’re there or can understand something being said on a video, US news agencies can just concoct any story they want. Apparently, the press really is the Forth Estate, fully in the game and part of the government apparatus.

    We’ve lost all moral credibility for continuing the Afghan war, if we ever had any to begin with. We need to bring the troops home now. It’s pretty obvious that many of them are demoralized to the point of being a danger to everybody around them as well as the future security of the US. Our government blew it big time, and now there trying to redefine reality… again to pawn off blame to anybody but themselves. This is truly now “Another Vietnam”.

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