Rape and Murder in Afghanistan
By Stephen Lendman
March 19, 2012 "Information
Clearing House" --- On March 11, up
to 20 US forces murdered 16 Afghan men, women, and nine children,
aged two to 12. Children were massacred while they slept. Two women
were also raped before soldiers killed them.
Major media scoundrels whitewashed the crimes by shamelessly blaming
one soldier to absolve others, and most of all, higher-ups
responsible for permitting a culture that condones and encourages
A transparent March 11
Secretary of Defense Panetta statement said the following:
"Today I spoke to President Karzai to offer my deepest condolences
and profound regret for the tragic incident in Kandahar province
that resulted in the loss of life and injuries to innocent Afghan
civilians, including women and children."
“A full investigation is already underway. A suspect is in custody,
and I gave President Karzai my assurances that we will bring those
responsible to justice. We will spare no effort in getting the facts
as quickly as possible, and we will hold any perpetrator who is
responsible for this violence fully accountable under the law."
“I condemn such violence and am shocked and saddened that a U.S.
service member is alleged to be involved, clearly acting outside his
chain of command. I told President Karzai that the American people
share the outrage felt by President Karzai and his fellow citizens.
This tragic incident does not reflect the commitment of the U.S.
military to protect the Afghan people and help build a strong and
“As we mourn today with the Afghan people, we are steadfast in our
resolve to work hand in hand with our Afghan partners to accomplish
the missions and goals on which we have been working together for so
"This terrible incident does not reflect our shared values or the
progress we have made together. As I told President Karzai, I am
fully committed to ensuring that our cooperation continues. It is
essential to forging a more peaceful future for the citizens of both
Like similar Pentagon, White House, and other official statements,
Panetta's words ring hollow. They also reflected damage control
cover-up, not only of a crime too grave to ignore, but just the
latest in a systematic ongoing pattern wherever America shows up.
Like others, this one included rape and murder. According to
"A parliamentary probe team on Thursday said up to 20 American
troops were involved in Sunday’s killing of 16 civilians in southern
It spent two days interviewing surviving family members, witnesses,
and tribal elders. They also gathered evidence where killings took
Two groups of US soldiers were involved. Attacks occurred in
separate villages one and a half kilometers apart.
"We are convinced that one soldier cannot kill so many people in two
villages within one hour at the same time."
Most victims were women and children. Parliamentarian Hamidzai Lali
demanded that the UN and international community ensure those
responsible are prosecuted in Afghanistan.
Lali said the Wolesi Jirga, Afghanistan's lower House of the People,
won't stay silent until prosecutions occur, adding:
"If the international community does not play its role in punishing
the perpetrators, the Wolesi Jirga would declare foreign troops as
occupying forces, like the Russians."
Soldiers Committed Rape and Murder
On March 18, India's Siasat Daily headlined, "US Forces raped two Afghan women," saying:
The Afghan probe team said US soldiers systematically went from house to house in two villages, raped two women before murdering them, and at least 14 others.
Some victim bodies were then set ablaze.
On March 17,
Today called the Kandahar massacre "preplanned" murder,
according to Afghan Army Chief of Staff Lt. General Sher Mohammad
He and President Karzai said multiple assailants were involved. They
also stressed that US commanders stonewalled Afghan demands to
interrogate those responsible and hold them accountable locally.
Surviving family members and witnesses said assailants had air
support. Helicopters brought them in and remained overhead during
Kandahar Massacre Reflects Earlier Ones
called the incident "particularly egregious" because of its
"cold-blooded, calculated" nature. It evoked echoes of past ones
like Vietnam's My Lai, Iraq's Haditha, and two Fallujah slaughter
incidents in April/May 2004, then in genocidal numbers in
Survivors and witnesses confirmed industrial scale mass murder.
Children saw parents shot. Adults lost spouses and children. Homes
and stores were looted.
Thousands of others were destroyed. A government committee found
26,000 houses damaged and another 3,000 completely demolished. They
included 70 mosques, 50 schools, and Fallujah's power plant. The
city depended on it for electricity, 50% of its drinking water
distribution, and 70% of its sewer system.
Overall, indiscriminate slaughter, destruction, and environmental
contamination occurred. It was followed by looting, mass arrests,
torture, and deaths from ill treatment and disease. A cancer
epidemic followed and numerous previously unknown or rarely seen
illnesses, severe congenital malformations, and more.
Since 2001, millions of Afghans and Iraqis died. Libya's enduring
its own nightmare. Syria and Iran are next. American wars show no
Rape as a Weapon of War
In all US war theaters, slaughter, sadism, and other atrocities are
institutionalized. Rape becomes a weapon of war. On June 19, 2008,
the Security Council agreed, adopting Resolution 1820.
It demanded an "immediate and complete halt to acts of sexual
violence against civilians in conflict zones." It said:
“women and girls are particularly targeted by the use of sexual
violence, including as a tactic of war to humiliate, dominate,
instil fear in, disperse and/or forcibly relocate civilian members
of a community or ethnic group.”
These offenses also "constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity
or a constitutive act with respect to genocide."
Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Manifred Nowak
said rape constitutes torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading
treatment or punishment used as a weapon of war to inflict greater
pain and suffering.
Author Slavenka Drakulic described it as "slow murder." The Nuremberg Tribunal called it a crime against humanity.
Nothing, however, stops it, and UN resolutions fall woefully short.
The latest Afghan rape and multiple murder atrocity reflects
countless others. It's because US soldiers are trained to be violent
in war theaters and show no mercy. Anything goes and does. Women and
young girls are especially vulnerable.
In May 2009, Britain's
Telegraph said former US General Antonio Taguba said the
Obama administration sought to suppress images of US soldiers raping
and sodomizing Iraqi prisoners.
He called photos he saw explosive, saying they "show torture, abuse,
rape and every indecency. The mere description of these pictures is
horrendous enough. Take my word for it."
These and similar incidents aren't isolated. Nor are a few "bad
apples" alone involved. They're widespread, tolerated, and
sanctioned up to the highest government, military, and intelligence
levels in all US war theaters.
Victims are helpless targets, including young girls and boys
sodomized with phosphorescent tubes, clubs, wire, and other
implements to inflict pain.
Instead of holding those responsible accountable, Obama suppressed
their crimes. As a result, they continue. The latest Afghan victims
represent a drop in the ocean. International and US law principles
are ignored. Atrocities follow others repeatedly.
Wars reflect more than hell. They manifest generations of condoned
US barbarity. It's been institutionalized to permit wanton rape,
sodomy, torture, sadism, murder, and virtually all other imaginable
atrocities with impunity.
America the beautiful is an illusion only young children and fools
believe. Ugly war theater wickedness reveals its true dark side. Its
victims attest to how monstrous.
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