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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Murder Equals "Misunderstanding"?

I love the headline of the CNN story. Apparently now, murder equals misunderstanding.

Misunderstanding leaves 9 dead in Afghan airstrike

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A misunderstanding between local police and coalition forces led to an airstrike in southwestern Afghanistan Sunday that left nine police officers dead, a defense ministry official said.

The nine officers were mistaken for Taliban militants by coalition forces, said Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi.

The aerial attack took place in the Anar Derah district in Farah province. It was conducted by U.S. soldiers and troops from the Afghan army, Azimi said. He did not have any further information about the attack.

Last week, an airstrike by the U.S-led coalition in the province struck and killed eight civilians. The airstrike was launched after a coalition convoy was attacked.

In an unrelated incident over the weekend, two mortar rounds fired by NATO-led troops killed four civilians and wounded four others in southeastern Afghanistan Saturday night, the International Security Assistance Force said.

ISAF said it received reports of three additional deaths from the attack, but it had not confirmed it.

Troops fired the rounds in the Barmal district of Paktika province, but they fell less than a mile short of the intended target, ISAF said.

Afghanistan's southern provinces have been a major front in the fight between NATO-led troops and the Taliban.

Are these people going to be held accountable? Absolutely not!! Are they going to be charged with murder? Absolutely not. You see, the military is untouchable. They can murder whoever they want, and get away with it. All they have to do is say they were just following orders. Or, the media comes up with headlines like "Misunderstanding" to justify the murders.

Next time some civilian commits murder, let's see if the "Misunderstanding" defense works. Oh wait, they're just "civilians". They're not the "never wrong, always right, untouchable, homicidal, genocidal, MILITARY!!"

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