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Afghanistan Strike Kills 90

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Posted on Sep 4, 2009
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Two men wounded in the NATO airstrike are cared for in the bed of a truck in Kunduz province.

The war in Afghanistan should weigh heavy on the public’s mind, given the recent increase in troop levels and grumblings from high military officials about the manner in which the war is being fought. Now there’s news that a NATO airstrike has killed 90 people, 40 of them believed to be civilians, in the northern part of the country.

The Guardian:

At least 90 people including 40 civilians have been killed in northern Afghanistan after Nato launched an air strike on two fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban, Afghan officials said.

Militants seized the two trucks, which were delivering jet fuel to Nato forces, around midnight Afghan time. Nato launched the strike in Kunduz province as the Taliban fighters tried to drive the vehicles across a river, according to the local police chief, Gulam Mohyuddin.

The Nato secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, announced an investigation, saying: “A number of Taliban were killed and there is also a possibility of civilian casualties.”

The provincial governor, Mohammad Omar, told Reuters the dead included villagers who had gathered to collect fuel from the tankers.

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By Tony Wicher, September 6, 2009 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment

Re Folktruther, September 5 at 4:57 pm #
“Continuing this war is continuing mass murder,
torture and the rape of children specialized in by
the police funded by the US. for no reason whatever
outside of electing Obama next time to office.”

  x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

FT,

But the American people are already against this war.
It is already unpopular and rapidly getting more so.
How does that translate into getting Obama re-
elected? It doesn’t. I also believe that so soon
after Iraq and Bush, it will not be possible to
change public opinion only with a big propaganda
campaign. The only way to accomplish this, I think,
will be just what Michael Scheuer said on Glen Beck,
another major terrorist attack. As public support for
Afghanistan falls, the probability of another false
flag attack rises. My “terror alert color code” is
currently at red. The only question is whether Obama
will go along with another false flag attack or not.
If the gang that perpetrated 9-11 doesn’t think he
will play ball, then the terrorist attack would have
to take Obama out - a suitcase nuke detonated near
the White House, say.

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By Fat Freddy, September 6, 2009 at 7:05 am Link to this comment

So, the tankers were destroyed, yes? So, much for “search and recovery”. Hey, maybe this could be a new strategy. Place unguarded fuel tankers out in the open, with GPS devices, wait for them to be stolen, then blow the shit out of them after they are taken.

What a way to fight a war, conduct a police action, rebuild a nation, combat terrorism,    KILL

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By thebeerdoctor, September 6, 2009 at 2:42 am Link to this comment

In Wallace Shawn’s new book, ESSAYS, there is a conversation between the author and Noam Chomsky, where Professor Chomsky points out that President Kennedy, Clinton, and Bush (both one and two) committed mass murder. Of course no President will claim to see it that way, finding excuses by claiming to be shining beacon for democracy and freedom, or more bluntly, getting the evil-doers out of their holes.
I am sure President Obama feels the same way. If fighting the “right war” as he claims, means mass murder, so be it. But as Tony Wicher said on this thread, “this is Obama’s war now. This blood is on his hands.”
Perhaps late at night, when even security is not paying much attention, the President sneaks in a smoke. Quietly crushing the burnt cigarette butt out, he can be heard to say: “I can’t get this damn spot off of my hand.”

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By Folktruther, September 5, 2009 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment

Obama appointed the head of Bush’s White House death squads, McCrystal, to head the Afpak war. this is the third time now that he has announced a change in killing Afghans when a strike against them a day or two later resulted in mass killing.

This is not accidental.  The population supports the resistence to the US occupation and anyone who does is called a Terrorist.  The villagers trying to get some gas may well have supported the opposition to the occupation of their country.  There are at least fifty million of Pushtans in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  and the resistence, all called the Taliban, is nestled in the villages.

Continuing this war is continuing mass murder, torture and the rape of children specialized in by the police funded by the US.  for no reason whatever outside of electing Obama next time to office.  there is no way to win that war, indeed there is nothing to win.

The blood should be saved and the money applied to domestic purposes, since the US power structurre can’t be trusted to give it to the Afghan people.  the American power structure supposts mass murder, torture and rape, including the torturre and rape of children.  And the American people should say so.

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By PatrickHenry, September 5, 2009 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment

I hope there remains one person in Washington D.C. who can go to the White House, get a private audience with the President and bitch slap Obama back to reality by pointing out these actions in our name and are an antithesis to the platform he was elected on.

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By Commune115, September 4, 2009 at 10:32 pm Link to this comment

Obama= War Criminal. Period.

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By DR-Montreal, September 4, 2009 at 6:09 pm Link to this comment

Note the irony in the jet fuel—which undoubtedly would have caused some “regretable” civilian casualties used by US pilots anyway (one has to assume USAF with their string of Guernicas in the last years), knowingly torched by said “aces”, incinerating all and sundry rather than let the jet fuel be used in… what? the Taliban airforce? Afghani stoves and lamps?

The dead hand of Bush is alive and well with this ongoing litany of warcrimes and nescient slaughter.

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By LostHills, September 4, 2009 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment

This is not what Americans voted for in 2006, and it’s not what we voted for in 2008. This madness has to stop. The eighth anniversary of this war is coming up in October. If you have had enough of this, then start planning on where you are going to be on October Seventh. Get out in the streets and make your voices heard. There are demonstrations and marches being planned all over the country, by lots of different groups. If you can’t find one near you, then stand on your own street corner and hold up a sign. Do something concrete to show everyone where you stand.
peace!

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By KDelphi, September 4, 2009 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment

From the Guardian article (there’s a video)

“..McChrystal’s tactical directive follows intense criticism of Nato air strikes by the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, and others this summer. The controversy was fuelled by a report from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan that said coalition air strikes were responsible for nearly a third of the 1,013 civilian deaths during the first half of the year…”

People were trying to get fuel! All the money we are spending ane they have, what 20 million people living in abject poverty?!

“The Human Development Index also presents a gloomy picture: life expectancy is 44 years; 53% of the total population lives below the poverty line; the adult literacy rate is 29%; only 3% of women are literate and in some areas less than 1% of the population is literate; one woman dies from pregnancy-related causes every 30 minutes; one out of five children dies before the age of five.”

http://www.stateofnature.org/lifeAfghanistan.html

They also note that we are paying private contractors to rebuild honmes for warlords who wish to return..wtf are we DOING?!

Stealth Bush.

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By MikeL, September 4, 2009 at 1:40 pm Link to this comment
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While We’re embarrassed by a few Drunken Louts at the Embassy, the Killing of Afghani’s goes on unabated and We Americans don’t seem to be nearly as concerned. We are the Country that uses WMD, it wasn’t Saddam. As for the Drunken Louts at the Embassy, if We weren’t in Afghanistan on Our killing Spree, most of the mis-fits there would most likely be in Jail back here in the States. What makes it even worse, We’re telling the Afghani’s what a wonderful place America is when apparently We send the scum of the Earth to Our Embassy.

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By glider, September 4, 2009 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment

Obama, are you sleeping well?

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By Tony Wicher, September 4, 2009 at 11:03 am Link to this comment

This is just mass murder, war crimes - there is no
other way to describe it. And this is Obama’s war now.
This blood is on his hands.

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