In all US war theaters,
troops commit unspeakable atrocities. Trained to dehumanize enemies,
their mission involves killing, destruction, and much more.
Local treasures are looted. Women are raped. Civilians are treated like
combatants. Children are indiscriminately harmed like adults. Prisoners
are tortured. Mutilations are common. Crimes of war and against humanity
are institutionalized. It's all in a day's work like taking out the
Viciousness defines US wars. No crime's too great to commit. Human lives
are valueless. Only winning matters, then on to the next war. Lies,
deception, unspeakable brutality, and cover-up define them.
Scoundrel media are directly complicit, including claiming one soldier
murdered 16 Afgans on March 11. Credible evidence suggests up to 20
involved. Claiming a lone gunman defiles the atrocity's affect on living
family members, friends, and other Afghans victimized by numerous similar
incidents. More below.
During America's Iraq invasion and occupation, reports suggested soldiers
got amphetamines and pornographic materials to incite ravaging women.
More than US troops were involved. According to Ernesto Cienfuegos,
La Voz de Aztlan editor-in-chief:
"The American people and the rest of the world are generally not aware
that the U.S. government has hired literally thousands of (mercenaries),
many with notorious war crime records."
"A significant number of these are rapists, sodomites and murderers
from South African and Serbia. These vile individuals work for (the
so called) Security Service under contract to the Pentagon. Most....are
cronies of both Bush and Cheney and are owned by nefarious (individuals
with) ties to the Burbank, California pornography industry."
"Among the Afrikaner war criminals hired by the Pentagon are Frans Strydom
and Deon Gouws, both with despicable atrocity records against South
Africa Blacks that sought independence. There are an estimated 1,500
South Africans employed by Å\Security Service (personnel) in Iraq,
according to the South African foreign ministry."
"Many used their atrocities backgrounds during Apartheid to bolster
their credentials to the Pentagon. Many other hired mercenaries are
Serbians, known rapists of Muslim-Croatian women....The Military Police,
including Brigadier General Janis Karpinski,
said cells where sexual torture took place were dominated by these mercenaries
in collusion with the CIA and Military Intelligence."
"Film crews run mostly by mercenaries actually instigated rapes and
sodomy of the POWs inside the Abu Ghraib prison. The mercenaries had
the full cooperation of the CIA and Military Intelligence and perverted
elements inside Pentagon and the U.S. government. In addition, these
mercenaries trolled the Iraqi countryside for Iraqi women they could
abduct, rape and film."
Afghanistan reflects similar abuses. Cover-up prevents information coming
out and prosecutions. Rarely are US forces held accountable. Commanders
routinely get off scot-free, including ones ordering troops to kill
all Iraqi and Afghan men on sight, combatants and civilians.
According to US Major General James Mattis, "It's fun to shoot some
people. I'll be up-front with you. I like brawling." Murdered civilians
are repulsively called "collateral damage." Mattis isn't alone. Commanders
and enlisted troops are involved.
Afghan combatant bodies are burned in violation of international law
and US military code. Culpable troops aren't punished. Civilians are
killed for sport. At times, their fingers and other body parts are kept
as trophies. Photos are taken as souveniers. Similar abuses are common
in all US wars. Lies and cover-up suppress them.
"Kill teams" are deployed. Indiscriminate murder, sadism, and other
atrocities are committed, most often with impunity. It's done for sport
and lust. Celebratory high-fives follow.
Rarely ever are soldiers like Jeremy Morlock punished. Others guilty
like him get off scot-free, especially commanders. His 5th Stryker Brigade
committed countless murders and atrocities. Cover-up involved staging
incidents to look like defensive actions against attacks. Pentagon apologies
ring hollow. Soldiers are trained to kill reflexively.
America's Tortured Past
US history reflects atrocities. Native Americans were slaughtered, starved,
neglected, exposed to deadly pathogens, and virtually exterminated.
In the antebellum South, slaves were tortured by whipping, painful restraints,
prolonged isolation in sealed sheds with choking tobacco smoke, and
other punishments. Theodore Roosevelt defended water torture (today's
waterboarding) called the "water cure" to extract confessions from Filipinos
because "nobody was seriously damaged."
In 1995, Bill Clinton issued Presidential Decision Directive 39 (PDD-39).
It authorized extraordinary rendition for interrogations and torture.
In his book, "War Without Mercy," John Dower documented Pacific War
atrocities by both sides. American forces "mutilat(ed) Japanese war
dead for souvenirs, attack(ed) and (sank) hospital ships, sho(t) sailers
who had abandoned ship and pilots who had bailed out, kill(ed) wounded
soldiers on the battlefield, and tortur(ed) and execut(ed) prisoners."
Atrocities included torturing and buying combatants alive. In the Korean
War, mass indiscriminate killings of civilians were commonplace. Entire
towns and villages were incinerated and their populations exterminated,
including women and children.
Combatants and civilians were buried alive, burned, drowned, shot, stabbed,
or beaten to death. Women had their breasts, legs, and arms cut off.
Others were beheaded. Thousands of civilians were brutally tortured.
One family of six was hanged upside down from a tree and burned alive.
Another civilian was skinned alive, then burned to death.
Others were murdered with bats, spears, stones, sticks, clubs, flails,
and pickaxes. Women were assaulted and raped. US forces massacred tens
of thousands of civilians systematically, ruthlessly, and brutally.
Some were disemboweled alive.
Vietnam was similar. Atrocities were widespread and commonplace. They
included massacres, rapes, torture, mutilations, wanton mass destruction,
use of chemical and biological weapons, and much more.
US forces got carte blanche to carpet bomb, incinerate entire villages,
burn people alive, fire freely on civilians, murder wounded prisoners,
beat them to death, throw them out of helicopters, torture sadistically,
gang rape young girls, and commit every other imaginable atrocity to
people General William Westmoreland called "worthless termites."
Operation Phoenix death squads murdered thousands of Vietnamese. Some
were alleged high-value targets, others noncombatant civilians. Foreign
Service officer Wayne Cooper called the operation a "disreputable, CIA-inspired
effort, often deplored as a bloody-handed assassination program (and)
a failure." Before it ended, 80,000 or more died.
Throughout the Iraq and Afghan wars, Special Forces death squads murdered
thousands of targeted subjects and others indiscriminately. Daily killing
field slaughter continues.
Bush authorized them. So did Obama. Both approved global covert operations.
Obama OK'd killing US civilians. Sociologist Emile Durkheim once said,
"The immorality of war depends entirely on the leaders who willed it."
Nuremberg prosecutor Justice Robert Jackson denounced "men who possess
themselves of great power and make deliberative and concerted use of
it to set in motion evils which leave no home in the world untouched."
International and US laws are clear and unequivocal. So are US military
standards, including Army Field Manual 27-10. It incorporates Nuremberg
and Law of Land Warfare (1956) principles.
It prohibits any military or civilian personnel to the highest levels
from committing crimes under international and US laws. It also requires
disobeying illegal orders.
Nonetheless, mass murder, torture, and other atrocities are committed
like sport virtually daily. They define all US wars.
Richard Nixon once told Henry Kissinger, "We're gonna level that goddam
country. We're gonna hit 'em, bomb the livin' bejusus out of 'em." Kissinger
approved, saying, "Mr. President, I will enthusiastically support that,
and I think it's the right thing to do." After all they're just "worthless
Major Media Scoundrels: Guilt by Complicity
Compared to America's bloodstained history, killing 16 Afghan civilians
on March 11 was a drop in the ocean. Yet it was too much for major media
scoundrels to provide truth and full disclosure.
Various reports, including Russia Today, said up to 20 US troops were
involved in the incident, not a lone sergeant. He's been hung out to
dry to absolve others, including commanders who deploy them on missions,
as well as top US military and civilian officials who approve America
waging lawless wars of aggression.
An Afghan parliamentary investigation team contradicts Pentagon lies.
Two days were spent collecting eyewitness accounts, including from survivors.
Investigator Hamizai Lali told Afghan News:
"We are convinced that one soldier cannot kill so many people in two
villages within one hour at the same time, and the 16 civilians, most
have been killed by the two groups."
He believes up to 20 soldiers were involved. Half their victims were
children aged two through 12. He appealed for international help to
disclose the truth and assure those responsible are punished in Afghan,
not US, courts.
Investigatory team head Sayed Ishaq Gillani said witnesses reported
seeing helicopters dropping chaff during the attack to hide targets
from ground attacks.
Villagers said victims offered no resistance. Nonetheless, they were
gunned down in cold-blood. Night raids like this are commonplace. Despite
public outrage, US commanders said they'll continue. Innocent civilians
are murdered repeatedly.
One surviving family member said:
ďI donít want any compensation. I donít want money. I donít want a trip
to Mecca. I donít want a house. I want nothing. But what I absolutely
want is the punishment of the Americans. This is my demand, my demand,
my demand and my demand.Ē
His brother died in the slaughter. The Pentagon named one gunman, now
identified as Staff Sergeant Robert Bales. He was whisked out of Afghanistan,
flown to Kwait, then to army prison at Fort Leavenworth, KS Friday.
Afghan army head General Sher Mohammad Karimi said US military officials
"ignored and blocked" his attempt to investigate the incident. They
also prevented Afghan officials from interrogating Bales.
In lockstep, US media scoundrels regurgitated Pentagon lies. Outrageously,
the Washington Post quoted Captain Chris Alexander, Bales' platoon commander,
saying he's "hands down, one of the best soldiers I ever worked with."
In fact, he like other death squad members are cold-blooded killers.
The Post also quoted Bales commenting on his participation in a 2007
Iraq battle, saying:
ďWe discriminated between the bad guys and the noncombatants and then
afterward we ended up helping the people that three or four hours before
were trying to kill us. I think thatís the real difference between being
an American as opposed to being a bad guy, someone who puts his family
in harmís way like that.Ē
The quote's so deplorable it sounds like someone made it up, but Post
scoundrels made it look legitimate to portray Bales more as hero than
A Pentagon statement said Bales received over a dozen medals and badges
for combat service and good conduct. His wife Karilyn was quoted, saying
"all of the work Bob has done and all the sacrifices he has made for
his love of his country, family and friends."
The Post suppressed evidence that up to 20 US soldiers were involved,
or that numerous other atrocities like this occur regularly.
The New York Times was just as shameless. Cover-up and denial suppressed
vital truths. Bales alone was mentioned. The article said he was injured
twice in previous deployments and cited his lawyer calling his military
How much more blood has he on his hands? For sure plenty, but this was
the first time he got caught. Moreover, The Times, like the Post, characterizes
him as heroic, not villainous.
In medium security confinement, he's yet to be charged a week after
the incident. The Times said Pentagon officials found no clues explaining
what "motivated the killings."
They lied, saying:
"When it all comes out, it will be a combination of stress, alcohol
and domestic issues. He just snapped."
Bales' lawyer, John Henry Browne, dismissed allegations of family problems
and drinking. He said his family hoped he'd avoid this deployment after
three previous ones. He also called him "mild-mannered."
In lockstep with other US media scoundrels, The Times article suppressed
what readers most deserve to know - the full truth about death squad
killings as policy, and the many thousands of noncombatant Afghans,
Iraqis, and earlier victims affected.
Blaming this incident on a lone gunman suppresses the gravity of what
goes on routinely and the responsibility up the chain of command to
Joint Chief heads, Defense Secretary Panetta, and Obama.
It also defiles the pain and suffering of surviving family members,
relatives, friends, and others victimized by similar incidents.
Nothing compensates for their loss. Afghans want US occupiers out of
their country immediately. After over a decade of daily atrocities,
they want what no one should endure finally ended.
It's their country, their lives, and their right. It's true everywhere
America shows up. Death, destruction, and vicious occupation follows.
Iraqis and Libyans feel the same way. Can you blame them?
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