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Why is Obama outraged when a "rogue" soldier murders civilians but not by his own drone attacks?

Why is Obama outraged when a "rogue" soldier murders civilians but not by his own drone attacks?

Is there a morally significant difference between the massacre of 16 civilians by a US Army sergeant and "collateral damage"? Ask Afghan civilians, says former US marine Ross Caputi.


Obama and Cameron may fool themselves over Afghanistan but they can't fool 73% of us

Obama and Cameron may fool themselves over Afghanistan but they can't fool 73% of us

13 March 2012
Robin Beste
Afghanistan and Pakistan

The latest poll shows that seven in ten people believe that the Afghan war is unwinnable and even the media is beginning to catch up with what has long been obvious to the British public.
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By Robin Beste
Stop the War Coalition
13 March 2012

"No, Barack, I'm not kidding. 73% of people in Britain really do think the war is unwinnable."

"Success in the Afghan province of Helmand is within the Army's grasp," head of the British army General Sir Peter Wall wrote in The Sun on Sunday on 11 March 2012. "Our soldiers are making a huge difference… Security in Afghanistan is vital to our safety back home."

It's the same line spun by David Cameron, who said yesterday that nothing must "derail the very good work that American and British and other Isaf forces are doing in Afghanistan".

They really do think the British public was born yesterday if they think we'll swallow this nonsense.

The war now in its eleventh year -- lasting longer than the combined total of World War I and II -- has been a catastrophe from beginning to its fast approaching end.

It has brought nothing by mass slaughter and devastation to the Afghan people and huge cost in lives and money to the United States, Britain and the other invading countries.

The reality of this pointless war has been brought home in recent weeks by the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a US soldier, the killing of six British troops on 7 March, the deliberate burning of the Koran by the US Army, which provoked nationwide outrage, and the pictures of US troops urinating on the bodies of Afghans they had killed.

The latest slaughter in Afghanistan is part of a decade of savage civilian killing: until Nato leaves, it is certain to continue

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Afghan villagers during a prayer ceremony for victims of Sunday's killing of civilians, apparently by a lone US soldier, in Panjwai. Photograph: Allauddin Khan/AP Afghan villagers during a prayer ceremony for victims of Sunday's killing of civilians, apparently by a lone US soldier, in Panjwai. Photograph: Allauddin Khan/AP

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Tuesday 13 March 2012

US forces Kill 16 Civilians, Afghanistan

Think Afghanistan protests are just about burnt Korans? Think again. 26 February 2012 Glenn Greenwald Afghanistan and Pa

Think Afghanistan protests are just about burnt Korans? Think again.
26 February 2012     Glenn Greenwald     Afghanistan and Pakistan

Afghans themselves are making clear that this latest episode is but the trigger for underlying grievances about a decade-old, extremely violent foreign military presence in their country.
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By Glenn Greenwald
Salon
26 February 2012
 
Most American media accounts and commentary about the ongoing violent anti-American protests in Afghanistan depict their principal cause as anger over the burning of Korans (it’s just a book: why would people get violent over it?) — except that Afghans themselves keep saying things like this:

Protesters in Kabul interviewed on the road and in front of Parliament said that this was not the first time that Americans had violated Afghan cultural and religious traditions and that an apology was not enough.

“This is not just about dishonoring the Koran, it is about disrespecting our dead and killing our children,” said Maruf Hotak, 60, a man who joined the crowd on the outskirts of Kabul, referring to an episode in Helmand Province when American Marines urinated on the dead bodies of men they described as insurgents and to a recent erroneous airstrike on civilians in Kapisa Province that killed eight young Afghans.

“They always admit their mistakes,” he said. “They burn our Koran and then they apologize. You can’t just disrespect our holy book and kill our innocent children and make a small apology.”
And:

Members of Parliament called on Afghans to take up arms against the American military, and Western officials said they feared that conservative mullahs might incite more violence at the weekly Friday Prayer, when a large number of people worship at mosques.

Obama's only way out of Afghanistan is to talk - Tariq Ali, The Guardian, 200112.

Obama's only way out of Afghanistan is to talk

The Afghan conflict has reached a stalemate. The US knows the Taliban are its route to withdrawal

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