US Military Says Killing Afghan Children Is Fair Game

John Glaser, December 04, 2012

In October, the US launched an airstrike in Afghanistan that killed three children – ages 8, 10, and 12 -while they were gathering firewood (or by some accounts, dung to burn as fuel). NATO issued its usual dismissive statement, admitting it may have “accidentally killed three innocent Afghan civilians.”

But now, according to the Military Times, the US military includes children on their list of who they’re allowed to murder with impunity.

…a Marine official here raised questions about whether the children were “innocent.” Before calling for the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System mission in mid-October, Marines observed the children digging a hole in a dirt road in Nawa district, the official said, and the Taliban may have recruited the children to carry out the mission.

So digging holes in Afghanistan is now grounds for getting bombed? The children’s relatives and local tribal elders had confirmed at the time that they were not Taliban recruits and were not planting any roadside bombs.

That’s apparently not enough for the US military to simply admit that killing innocent children is wrong. Instead, they invent Orwellian rationales for why these poor children were worthy enemy combatants.

“It kind of opens our aperture,” said Army Lt. Col. Marion “Ced” Carrington, whose unit, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, was assisting the Afghan police. “In addition to looking for military-age males, it’s looking for children with potential hostile intent.”

There you have it. The US military is now looking for “military-age males” and “children” to kill in Afghanistan.




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    The US Army is the biggest terrorist in the world, and the soldiers are puppets of the banks, of the oil companies, who kills inocents people women and childrens, who just wont to live in peace in their homes, just for the economics interest of a few sick and greedy people. When the soldiers learn to have conciense on what they are really doing when they pull the trigger on someone, who they dont know, someone who can easily be your friend, your son, a child who feels terror just like your childrens, who is an innocent.
    How many women and childrens died on the military interventions of the USA, How many innocent people suffer and had cruel deaths for the economis interest of a small porcentage of peopple, why do you chose to be a soldier? Do you really believe that you are a peace soldier? that you are doing something good for your people? Are you that different soldier that the one you are killing? Please, look and watch on the web for the mutilated childrens, men and womens who died at wars, and tell me if it really worth it. Why is the peace and respect so hard to assimilate in our human condition? why do we simple working people kill our brothers for the problems and interests of our goberments and their selfish interests.

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    God will judge these pieces of crap that kill kids, saying it's fair For whatever Sick reason their sicko minds can think of, those kind of human garbage don't Belong in any war.They belong On death row just the same as Other killers.

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      Although, its easy to see both side of the story here, I think many people would have a different story to sing if we didnt have our military to protect and serve. We would be talking about accidental killings of children in another country. Instead it we would be talking about your 6 year old brother or sister in your own country. Read between the lines here. As in life accidents happen in war but that doesnt mean that its ok to kill kids unless they are a direct threat. Ive seen video training clips of the people that protect against accidents in combat (military and police). They are given 3 situations and told what that will happen (one person is unarmed and angry, one has a gun and will kill them and one appears to grab a knife but is really unarmed) but dont tell them which person will have the gun etc. In every case the untrained person either would have died or ended up killing 1 or more of the wrong people. Its a true eye opener

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    War is fucking war… it;s shit, brutal and hateful.. And yes innocents die. But where is your outrage for the arseholes who slap bombs to their chests and blow civilians up – Most of the civilian casualties in Afghanistan were killed by their own people in suicide bombings…

    Funny that the only people you can get mad at is the West. These fuckers shoot girls in the head for wanting to learn to read, they blow up schools and kidnap hundreds of girls but that's fine.. they can shoot, maim, kill, bomb, rape and destroy. But god forbid anyone stands up to this kind of shit. The Taliban supported the people who destroyed the 2 towers, they trained terrorists and that's way we went there.. to stop it. But no…. it's just America and the West being mean… They're all peace loving really… Those shooters in Paris.. they're not scary at all are they..

    Fuck the fucking lot of you…

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