They Hate Us for Our Freedoms

Or, more likely, they hate us because stuff like this happens:

About midnight, 11 people, including three women; four children whose ages ranged from 6 to 9; and four men were executed inside the home of a village elder.

“They entered the room where the women and children were sleeping and they were all shot in the head,” [Fazal Mohammad Esaqzai, the deputy chief of the provincial council] said, adding that he was doubtful of the U.S. account suggesting the killings were the work of a lone gunman. “They were all shot in the head.”

After roughly an hour, residents in a nearby village heard gunshots, and they later discovered the corpses of five men inside two nearby houses, Esaqzai said.

Details about the attack are still coming out (though the US insists the massacre was done by just one US soldier). But for the moment, I can’t forget about the lengths to which the government went to bury this report showing how much animosity there is now between US forces and those we’re supposed to be working with and protecting.

Update: Here’s the very different story offered by a family member of those who were killed:

Haji Samad said 11 of his relatives were killed in one house, including his children. Pictures showed blood-splattered walls where the children were killed.

“They (Americans) poured chemicals over their dead bodies and burned them,” a weeping Samad told Reuters at the scene.

“I saw that all 11 of my relatives were killed, including my children and grandchildren,” said Samad, who had left the home a day earlier.

Neighbors said they awoke to crackling gunfire from American soldiers, whom they described as laughing and drunk.

“They were all drunk and shooting all over the place,” said neighbor Agha Lala, who visited one of the homes where the incident took place. “Their bodies were riddled with bullets.”

Update: Meanwhile, in polling done yesterday, before this killing, ABC found 60% of Americans say the Afghan War has not been worth fighting. While I’m not surprised by those numbers, I do wonder whether people have totally dissociated the war from 9/11?

Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Reddit0Share on Facebook0Google+0Email to someone

35 Responses to They Hate Us for Our Freedoms

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • 32
  • 33
  • 34
  • 35
Emptywheel Twitterverse
bmaz Cleveland Reaches Settlement With Justice Department Over Police Conduct http://t.co/qv3uncFVry
1hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @yvonnewingett: The great charter school rip-off: Finally, the truth catches up to education “reform” phonies http://t.co/x5GaSoHVUn via…
2hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @erinscafe Yes, here is the corner he will be standing in. With Giselle. http://t.co/YB9ahECXns
4hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @adamsteinbaugh Kylie Jenner.....Come on man!
4hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @GrantWoods @azcentral My wife and I will try to make it to the Orpheum.
4hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz Grant Woods, a good Arizona man, makes some very cool music: http://t.co/TthmErQSdX Can't wait to see this. @GrantWoods
5hreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV Nice. The view gets much better as it gets dark. http://t.co/Ofrybo834U
5hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @barrettmarson: No. 1 on your list should be @CopperTalkAZ a must listen!! https://t.co/h5zCfEUOP4
5hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @emptywheel Funny, because I just got an almost instant subpoena return from Verizon
5hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @armandodkos When you've lost Barbaro....
5hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @emptywheel: In which I catalog some--not all!--of the nonsense in latest NYT piece on Mitch's attempt to save face. https://t.co/hMG67T
5hreplyretweetfavorite