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?

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emptywheel @smsaideman "Showed"? You still don't? How in god's name do they respond?
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emptywheel Duck and Cover: How the Greatest Generation™ trained their kids to withstand danger. https://t.co/eV4yIcRQBA
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emptywheel @DemFromCT Sure. But they never told the kids about the ass-goodbye-kissing.
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emptywheel @fak3r I was always a duck and cover skeptic. Tho by that point it was largely a habit leftover from finer days. When America was Great...
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emptywheel "Just hide under your desk, Joey. Neither Trump nor Russia's nuclear missiles will get you there. Promise." https://t.co/bohBHn4jj3
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emptywheel For you young 'uns, "Duck & cover" is what schools used to do to assure kids they could withstand nuclear holocaust. https://t.co/O5WqE1ib0R
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emptywheel Imagine how much more fun "The 70 GOPers playing duck & cover in response to Trump nomination" would be as headline? https://t.co/OXIkk7mXuN
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emptywheel I suppose the NYT did not consider list of which GOPers are cowering under their beds news? https://t.co/586N9dxvOw https://t.co/oXc7IOEBcP
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emptywheel @taylormattd If it were in the underlying Fox article, I might. But it's in a derivative piece, just like your multiple erroneous tweets.
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bmaz @CultofNewMedia @JasonLeopold @laRosalind Yeah, this guy is Rambo. It's either going to work or completely self destruct. Not sure which.
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bmaz @djsziff @ddayen The Govt buggered it though. And climate changed as to jury pools. Is bullshit if Govt thought that precluded other cases.
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