Monday, July 13, 2009

Afghanistan War Atrocities: Obama orders investigation

I did this post few weeks ago about the massacre of young Afghanis soon after the invasion of Afghanistan. Here is the video I posted then:

You can click here for my earlier blog on this issue.

Some eight thousand young Taliban surrendered to the U.S with the promise that they will be treated well. Since 1978 the US was helping these people (who would become the Taliban) when the former USSR occupied Afghanistan. Thus these young men must have believed that they would be treated well. Instead, according to some accounts, 3000 of these young men were found in mass graves. Also Afghanis say American soldiers were responsible for these killings.

No question about it the attack on the World Trade Centre (WTC) was tragic and some 3000 innocent people were killed there. Is it possible that these soldiers did the revenge killing to even the number of 3000. The most unfortunate part is that Afghans or Taliban were not involved in this attack. The attackers were mostly from Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries and none from Iraq either, however Afghanistan and Iraq paid the heaviest price for these attacks. The mass killing can never be justified on either side.

Osama Bin Laden of Saudi Arabia is alleged to have masterminded the WTC attack. Yet Bush Sr. and George W. Bush had business relations with the Bin Laden family in Saudi Arabia and by all accounts those relations continued. Apparently the oil money was more important for Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. than the attack on the WTC.

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld knew about this carnage and they ensured no investigation was ever done. Instead they were beating the drum of winning the hearts and minds of Afghans. After the bloodbath of 3000 young Afghani men surely they were on the path of winning the hearts and minds. How dangerous and inhuman war propaganda can be. Then of course they were there to free the women. According to many accounts more women are being killed under the US occupation and many are going into prostitution to survive. Some freedom and democracy. You may consider to check out this post of mine.

The only way left to win the heart and minds of Afghanis is to put George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld on trial for war crimes and mass murder. If some justice is done there, then it may lead to winning the hearts and minds of Afghanis.

It is encouraging that Obama has ordered the probe of the mass murder in Afghanistan. I hope that such probe will be thorough.

You can click here to read a story on this from MSNBC.

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