WU LYF 4 LYF Posted March 12, 2012 Share Posted March 12, 2012 So an American soldier has gone on a murdering spree, splattering the blood of sixteen Afghans including nine children. Repercussions will no doubt be forthcoming. This is as good a chance as any to wonder why we're still in the country. We're unpopular, seemingly achieving little and the only upside is that we're diverting possible terrorists from attacking at home by stationing soldiers abroad for them to target. Is anyone prepared to argue that we should still be there? What's everyone's thoughts on this massacre and what it will mean for the war? And will it bring more publicity to mental illness amongst not just soldiers but citizens? The guy apparently had depression and had been in the middle of a breakdown, unsurprising given what he'd experienced. Does this excuse him? A US soldier has shot dead 16 Afghan civilians, nine of them children, in a night-time shooting spree in a village outside his base in southern Afghanistan, a rampage the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, said was "impossible to forgive". The unprecedented attack on families asleep in their homes came as anti-foreign sentiment was already running high after Afghans discovered US troops had burned copies of the Qur'an at a military base. That discovery prompted days of deadly violence. The killings in the early hours of Sunday morning are likely to fuel more anger across Afghanistan and raise questions in Kabul and the US about the future of an increasingly unpopular war. About 1,000 people gathered to protest outside the Zangabad military base, in southern Kandahar province, as the bodies were prepared for burial and news of the killings spread throughout the area, a ribbon of mud adobe compounds interspersed with pomegranate orchards vineyards and fields of opium and marijuana. Among the dead was a young girl in a green and red dress who had been shot in the forehead. The bodies of other victims appeared partially burned. A villager claimed they had been wrapped in blankets and set on fire by the killer. Source: The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/1...nistan-children Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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