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Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (left) one of up to 20 US Marines who massacred 16 Afghan villagers. Here he is seen training at a US military mock up of a typical 'rag-head ville'.
In response to the February 25th killing of two US soldiers by an unidentified Afghan, who was angered by the most recent "Koran burning" episode by the always sensitive US army, the Commander of US forces in Afghanistan, General John Allen, told US troops:
"There will be moments like this when you're searching for the meaning of this loss. There will be moments like this, when your emotions are governed by anger and a desire to strike back. Now is not the time for revenge, now is not the time for vengeance, now is the time to look deep inside your souls, remember your mission, remember your discipline, remember who you are."
This little detail, as motive, seems to have been 'forgotten' by the mainstream media in their coverage of the recent massacre of 16 Afghan villagers by up to 20 drunken US soldiers. Indeed, the reports that up to 20 'drunken' troops were involved in the massacre have also been conveniently ignored by the Western media, who have chosen to go with the US military-provided "lone crazed assassin" lie that has served so well to cover up previous planned murders by US forces of Empire. The fact of the matter is, General Allen knew that his troops were planning 'revenge', but obviously could do nothing to stop it.

Clearly, the murder last week of 9 Afghan children and seven adults, with many of the victims being shot in the face, was deliberately planned, murderous revenge by the soldiers involved. But how can a soldier in a battle field believe that 'revenge' for the deaths of his comrades, who are engaged in battle, can be exacted from civilians, who are not? Obviously, that's where the alcohol comes in. Equally clear is the fact that when General Allen exhorted US soldiers to "look deep inside their souls", many of them found themselves in the position of the character Ringo from the movie Tombstone, as explained to Wyatt Earp by Doc Holliday:
Wyatt Earp: "What makes a man like Ringo, Doc? What makes him do the things he does?
Doc Holliday: A man like Ringo has got a great big hole, right in the middle of him. He can never kill enough, or steal enough, or inflict enough pain to ever fill it.
Wyatt Earp: What does he need?
Doc Holliday: Revenge.
Wyatt Earp: For what?
Doc Holliday: Bein' born."
Of course, the same can be said of most US politicians, most US military Generals, and the entire 'ruling elite' on this planet. Although they don't want revenge for being born, like all psychopaths, they want revenge simply because they derive pleasure from dominating others and making them suffer.

The villagers insist that the shooting was part of a broader operation. 'Security balloons' hover overhead and cameras record every movement across the town of Zangiabad, right next door to Camp Belambay. In heavily militarised areas of Afghanistan like this, nothing can breathe without surveillance equipment knowing about it.
"The shooting echoed through the silent night, and was without a doubt heard by the U.S. soldiers at the camp," said one witness.

"Why did they not stop the killings? These soldiers at the camp spy with expensive equipment on all that happens, from the ground and from the air," he added. "It's too difficult to believe that one of their colleagues could get away with this."
Mohammed Wadi, a local farmer, said a relative who lost her husband in the shooting "saw a couple of soldiers in her garden after one shooter entered her room, pushed her head to the floor and shot her husband."

Another pertinent detail, (for those with a few neurons firing), about the massacre was the fact that the Afghan delegation that investigated the massacre was targeted, last Wednesday, by a motorcycle bomb that exploded about 600 yards from their position. The blast killed one Afghan intelligence official and wounded three other people. Which raises the question of who would want to prevent such an investigation, which I will answer by stating the obvious: the US military and government. Which then leads me to the eminently rational conclusion that the US military is involved in 'terrorist attacks' in Afghanistan.

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John Henry Browne
And, by the way, don't be fooled by the Afghan government blustering over the massacre; Karzai and his cronies are creatures of US foreign policy, and living high on the hog as a result of US protection for the blooming Afghan heroin factories. Already, the Afghan Ambassador to the US is helping to make the massacre 'go away'.

The 'lone assassin', Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, whose neighbour back home assures us is really a "nice normal guy", has been whisked back to the US where he will face trial and be defended by none other than lawyer John Henry Browne, who once defended psychopathic serial killer Ted Bundy.

In the final analysis though, I suppose Americans should be happy that their soldiers are venting spleen on 'rag heads' and their children in far off lands; if they weren't in Afghanistan, they'd probably be running amok in US shopping malls. Thank the lord for small mercies, eh?