Australian soldiers kill innocent Afghans

This video is called Australian Soldiers Kill Afghan Children (Part 1).

And here is Part 2.

By Meredith Griffiths in Australia:

ABC News, September 5, 2011

Afghans hit out at Aussie kill/capture strategy

“If they force their way in and attack us during the night, people are not going to accept it,”

Innocent people are being killed or forced to flee in fear as Australian special forces teams hunt Taliban commanders in southern Afghanistan, ABC TV’s Four Corners has been told.

About 300 elite Australian soldiers are hunting down Taliban commanders in Uruzgan individually, targeting them one by one.

But Afghan civilians‘ families have told Four Corners innocent people are being killed or forced to flee their homes in fear as the Australians move through different areas, and analysts say the approach is not effective.

The Australian Defence Force says its tactics are appropriate and are constantly reviewed to try to minimise the loss of life and impact on Afghan civilians.

Four Corners has been speaking to several Afghan civilians who have lost innocent friends and families in Australian attacks.

Some, like Abdul, see the Australians as occupiers.

“If they force their way in and attack us during the night, people are not going to accept it,” he said.

“They’ll have to either run away or have to take their arms and fight to the last.”

Some observers say Australian forces are being manipulated by Afghan factions who are out to settle personal scores.

In September 2008, special forces launched one of their missions to capture or kill a Taliban commander.

The man they actually killed was a local police chief and the first democratically elected leader of Uruzgan province, Rozi Khan.

His son, Daoud Mohammed, says the killing prompted many of his tribesmen to join the Taliban.

“People hated the Australians because they have killed our leader, who was not only a tribal leader but was our commander during the jihad,” he said.

“People say if they had destroyed the whole province of Uruzgan we would have not suffered as much.”

False intel claim

Daoud Mohammed thinks the Australian forces were fed the wrong intelligence by one of his father’s rivals, Matiullah Khan, who is the new police chief of Uruzgan.

Afghanistan analyst Michael Semple agrees.

“The way that people like Matiullah Khan operate is extremely clever and quite often … they spread false intelligence,” he said.

“They’ve got people briefed to give false stories. You really don’t actually know that they’re doing this.”

Anna Funder, Andrew Robb and Malalai Joya: The Conversation Hour: here.

At Afghan Military Hospital, Graft and Deadly Neglect: here.

This month America’s deadliest in long Afghan war: here.

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    As President Obama puts the finishing touches on his much anticipated “jobs speech,” The Washington Post is featuring a story, “A Decade After the 9/11 Attacks, Americans Live in an Era of Endless War.”

    More than 65 years ago, the US celebrated a post-World War II victory Labor Day that marked the rise of the great era of the American middle class, and the hope of an end to armed conflict. But that was not to be, as the Post notes: in World War II, “the players are unquestionably good and the war’s ends are noble…. In the modern warfare battles, the conflicts are unending.”

    This Labor Day, in 2011, the middle class is incrementally disappearing and we are fighting wars that we no longer have a coherent rationale for fighting. But these unending Pentagon battles are a growth industry in a declining job market. They are one of our few “successful” jobs programs, employing everyone from GIs to weapons assemblers to “security” contracting firms to our extensive intelligence network.

    No politician, including President Obama, will seriously challenge the military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned us to be wary of. It – through the lobbying influence of weapons makers and the mythic power of the Pentagon – continues to wage war because it needs “enemies” to justify its existence, profit and expansion.

    This is where we have ended up: a broken American dream of a ghoulish growth industry, according to the Post:

    This is the American era of endless war.

    To grasp its sweep, it helps to visit Fort Campbell, Ky., where the Army will soon open a $31 million complex for wounded troops and those whose bodies are breaking down after a decade of deployments.

    The Warrior Transition Battalion complex boasts the only four-story structure on the base, which at 105,000 acres is more than twice the size of Washington, D.C. The imposing brick-and-glass building towers over architecture from earlier wars.

    “This unit will be around as long as the Army is around,” said Lt. Col. Bill Howard, the battalion commander.

    As the new complex rises, bulldozers are taking down the last of Fort Campbell’s World War II-era buildings. The white clapboard structures were hastily thrown up in the early 1940s as the country girded to battle Nazi Germany and imperial Japan. Each was labeled with a large letter “T.” The buildings, like the war the country was entering, were supposed to be temporary.

    The two sets of buildings tell the story of America’s embrace of endless war in the 10 years since Sept. 11, 2001. In previous decades, the military and the American public viewed war as an aberration and peace as the norm.

    But in place of the dream is a nightmare, wars that are almost forgotten but drain our economy and kill and maim young Americans who could be helping our nation grow into a brighter future.

    These wars without end last so long that most Americans have basically forgotten that they are still being waged.

    Tell that to the wounded GIs who will be filling up the “Warrior Transition Battalion.” The elitists in DC have given up on offering them dignified work at home and a nation at peace. That is something to deplore, not celebrate, this Labor Day.

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout


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