The following is the
excerpt of an article penned by Afghan writer Malalai Joya:
I must report that Afghans do not believe
this to be a story of a few rogue soldiers. We believe
that the brutal actions of these "kill teams" reveal
the aggression and racism which is part and parcel of the
entire military occupation. While these photos are new,
the murder of innocents is not.
I am not surprised that the mainstream
media in the US has been reluctant to publish these images
of the soldiers who made sport out of murdering Afghans.
General Petraeus, now in charge of the American-led occupation,
is said to place great importance on the
"information war" for public opinion – and there
is a concerted effort to keep the reality of Afghanistan
out of sight in the US. Last week my initial application
for a US entry visa was turned down, and so my book tour
was delayed while supporters demanded my right to enter the
country. The American government was pressed to relent and
allow my visit to go ahead. Ultimately it too will be unable
to block out the truth about the war in Afghanistan.
The "kill team"
images will come as a shock to many outside Afghanistan but
not to us. We have seen countless incidents of American
and Nato forces killing innocent people like birds. For
instance, they recently killed nine children in Kunar
Province who were collecting firewood. In February this
year they killed 65 innocent villagers, most of them
women and children. In this case, as in many others,
Nato claimed that they had only killed insurgents, even
though local authorities acknowledged that the victims
were civilians. To prevent the facts coming out they
even arrested two journalists from al-Jazeera who attempted
to visit and report from the site of the massacre.
The full article
in English can be read at guardian.co.uk
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