Thursday, October 20, 2005


In the poisonous post-9/11 atmosphere, liberals seeking some kind of middle ground tended to compromise by supporting the war in Afghanistan even as they opposed the invasion of Iraq. Here is a chilling refutation of our "just war" moral authority in the form of a documentary -- “Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death .”

The film provides eyewitness testimony that U.S. troops were complicit in the massacre of thousands of Taliban prisoners during the Afghan War.

It tells the story of thousands of prisoners who surrendered to the US military’s Afghan allies after the siege of Kunduz. According to eyewitnesses, some three thousand of the prisoners were forced into sealed containers and loaded onto trucks for transport to Sheberghan prison. Eyewitnesses say when the prisoners began shouting for air, U.S.-allied Afghan soldiers fired directly into the truck, killing many of them. The rest suffered through an appalling road trip lasting up to four days, so thirsty they clawed at the skin of their fellow prisoners as they licked perspiration and even drank blood from open wounds.

Witnesses say that when the trucks arrived and soldiers opened the containers, most of the people inside were dead. They also say US Special Forces re-directed the containers carrying the living and dead into the desert and stood by as survivors were shot and buried. Now, up to three thousand bodies lie buried in a mass grave.
This is sickening beyond words. America is now complicit in yet another echo of evil.

Tomorrow I will be angry. Today I am mute with horror.


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