Destroying More Hearts & Minds in Afghanistan

Lest we become hardened to the near-daily reports of innocent Afghan civilian deaths at the hands of NATO occupiers…

Today we get another report of our “Special” forces killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan.  There appear to be 18 fewer Afghan hearts and minds to win.

Although this case was well documented by an AP reporter on the ground, the western public (the NATO sheeple) are becoming hardened to these atrocities.  For one, there is no “Collateral Murder” type video showing these poor souls being blown to bits.  Second, with few exceptions, the mainstream media appears focused on a recent UN report that says civilian deaths are actually decreasing in 2012.  As if this is cause for celebration.

Afghan villagers gather at a house destroyed in an apparent NATO raid in Logar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, June, 6, 2012. Afghan officials and residents say a pre-dawn NATO airstrike aimed at militants in eastern Afghanistan killed civilians celebrating a wedding, including women and children. Photo: Ihsanullah Majroh / AP

We say, give us pictures and video, if that’s what it takes to incite public outrage.

We so easily rationalize the violent deaths of Afghans because they have been “caught in the crossfire” or “lived too near the insurgents.”  Worst of all, many dismiss these deaths, owing to our racial superiority.  If that makes you feel better, it’s just sad.  And it doesn’t do much for the people living in fear that they may face the same fate tomorrow or the next day, while simply going about their business.

Let’s get to the personal details here.  The people killed in the most recent attack, including women and children, were visiting for a wedding and staying at the home of a village elder.  How many details in that one sentence are likely to create potential “insurgents” (or freedom fighters?) in surrounding villages?

Afghan villagers sit on the back of a vehicle carrying bodies of children who were killed in a NATO airstrike on a home in Sajawand village in Logar province south of Kabul on Wednesday. At least 15 civilians, including women and children, were killed in a NATO airstrike on a home in Afghanistan’s Logar province south of Kabul, Afghan officials said. Image: AFP/Getty Images

You see, rural Afghans don’t have the internet, TV or even newspapers with which to receive the propaganda of the Karzai regime (aka our mouthpiece and pawn).  So regardless of the mitigating details of these atrocities, they believe what is passed along by word of mouth.  It doesn’t even matter if it’s true–ironically akin to Fox News consumption, but we digress.  The point is that every time we murder innocent civilians, especially women and children and even if they happen to be in the same compound as some really bad guys, the rallying cry becomes, “Death to America.”

So, tell us once again…Why aren’t we scrambling to remove our troops as quickly as humanly possible?

We’re still listening….and fully support legislation similar to the amendment Rep. Barbara Lee offered this past spring to defund the occupation of Afghanistan.

About VFP Linus Pauling Chapter

Veterans For Peace (VFP) is dedicated to eliminating war as an implement of foreign policy and to that end, works to educate the public about the true costs of war. Veterans For Peace (VFP) Linus Pauling Chapter 132 is a chapter of Veterans For Peace, St. Louis, MO, which has been waging peace since 1985 and is an NGO recognized by the United Nations. The local chapter and the national organization are both 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. Veterans For Peace is made up of veteran and associate members. More information about the national organization, including our Statement of Purpose and contact information for a VFP chapter near you, may be found at: www.veteransforpeace.org.
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