UN: US Indiscriminate Use of Force is Killing Afghan Children

John Glaser, February 08, 2013

The United States is violating the human rights of children in Afghanistan, according to a new report from the United Nations, which, according to the ACLU “paint[s] a dark picture of the treatment of juveniles by the U.S. military in Afghanistan…”

one where hundreds of children have been killed in attacks and air strikes by U.S. military forces, and those responsible for the killings have not been held to account even as the number of children killed doubled from 2010 to 2011; where children under 18 languish in detention facilities without access to legal or full humanitarian assistance, or adequate resources to aid in their recovery and reintegration as required under international law. Some children were abused in U.S. detention facilities, and others are faced with the prospect of torture and ill-treatment if they are transferred to Afghan custody.

US attacks and airstrikes have killed hundreds of children in recent years, according to the report, “due notably to reported lack of precautionary measures and indiscriminate use of force.”

Some US military officials are unhappy about the criticism they sometimes receive when Afghan children are killed or injured because of US operations, claiming that insurgents recruit children to plant bombs, so killing children is actually fair game. “It kind of opens our aperture,” said Army Lt. Col. Marion Carrington. “In addition to looking for military-age males, it’s looking for children with potential hostile intent.”




5 Responses to “UN: US Indiscriminate Use of Force is Killing Afghan Children”

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  2. The Slaughter of the Children Drones On & On & On & On

    When the drones are slaughtering innocent children in your name
    do you bother to get concerned even when on your knees on Sunday?
    or do you just stick your head in the sand blindly support the troops & just not think about whose to blame
    if you care i have list of their names and ages i could give you from the depths of an odious jingo game

    Do your wonder if your joystick violence is really doing any good
    or do you get the feeling that something is very wrong & your getting spun & fooled
    how can you support exported terrorism when your sworn to defend against it
    how can you donate freedom &democracy when its getting stolen from under you by E/O

    Every bullet bought is a loaf of bread stolen from the belly of the hungry
    & your self-praising charity checkbook fad doesn't seem to dent the starvation
    if you spent 2.2 million everyday since Jesus was born
    you would have spent what your nation purchased on the military just last year

    Do you wonder why your schools don't have books & pencils
    why your bridges are crumbling down & the roads are potholed like Swiss cheese
    while your politicians live in mansions with 5-star chefs lapping at life-long luxury
    then again today they announced another bone-cut to the needy, homeless and disabled

    How could anyone with a shred of conscience bow before a flag without bending over with nausea
    knowing underneath it the killing of the innocent is a weekly act in nations we are not at war with
    that after a hit. the gang fires off another drone when medics & rescuers come to the scene of destruction
    we've forgotten what we stand for by the very deeds we toe-tag and their is no rationalization

    Now we know by special executive decree memo called a 'white paper'
    the Nobel Peace prize holder president has the power to murder americans beyond the law
    it is solely up to the president when it comes to life and death and it is all a hush-hush secret
    change we can be deceived has shown the articulate sheep to be but a child-eating wolf

    Anyone who murders children by drone and then jokes about it is a sociopath
    a leader who becomes a serial killer justifies by secret edicts he wont share with his employers is a despot
    expansion and consolidation of extreme power will one day target you and yours
    For what goes on abroad in your name will backblow as it comes around to get you tomorrow

    Just south of key west at Guantanamo every law, principle and value you hold dear is smashed
    across the pond the most nefarious crimes are done in your name with your support
    and yet at home you bury your head deep in the sand far from the massive contradiction
    your heart bleeds for Newton yet when your troops do the exact same thing you raise a flag & a stiff arm

    For what profits an empire when they can envelop the world and dominate it
    yet in the process they loose their values, principles and in so doing their very soul
    still atonement must be rectified somewhere at some time
    and this is the dream that i dream someday will be;

    For all the innocent children who've been the victim of the american military machine
    i would gladly see each and everyone of them walk by in front of every war supporter and soldier
    to deeply gaze into their eyes and say with conviction, question and horror;
    Why did you murder me?

  3. The Beast

    It’s very difficult to recognize the beast
    for he is usually dressed in a flag seemingly righteous shining brightly & quite glorious
    he sparkles brillantly of seemingly flawless justice, proclaiming protection for the helpless and mercy for one and all
    so honorable and is most pious boasting of his merciful means and intentions well-blessed
    For his constitution is the pinnicle of principles and probity at a master freemason level

    You see the devil is wrapped in deception for his core is corruption
    Many names does he go by for he is quite exceptional
    numerous laws does he develop for he is above them all
    All worship and adore him for he is the best that’s ever been

    Cliches and simple minded maxims he spews forth aplenty
    for he supports the troops and of course is a force for good as he wars for peace by terror
    all are in wonder and awe shocked by his militarized magnificance
    Who can dare stand against him in war or peace

    Swollen with pride and self-worship he is quite comfortable with his vanity on steroids
    above all reproach and critisism none care to complain
    the best before and the greatest that will ever be for he is above all, quite exceptional
    who would dare not acknowledge such glory or critisize his ever crackling whip

    born of fire but such a noble birth
    none have ever seen the like
    for this path is golden and soars as an eagle
    carved by the gods into perfection from global girth

    no stranger to violence,war or terrorism
    a day has not gone by that was absent of the three
    the city on the hill calls for peace as he wars against friend and foe
    always with patriotism and nationalism his hubris jingoism

    When your the biggest and baddest kid on the block anything goes
    who could stand up to you when you will bribe,hector or instill regime change anytime anywhere
    Your desire is absolute domination and utter global subjegation
    as you swallow your youth and turn them into war hoes to emigrate

    freedom is a eves-dropping cage while bravery is brainwashing fear
    a totaltarian police state you’ve built on the sheeple’s back
    a house of cards shaped into a tiger roaring rants of diatribes and rage
    but one day coming soon the emporer will be shown to have no clothes…

    as the eagle has morphed into sparta
    sparta is a land of locust whose ethos is to consume one and all
    and though no man is no island i have heard
    what was once grandeous and manifested to be destined
    to become easter island as it then consumes itself…

  4. Interesting that we have a huge croc tear fest when some children are killed in white middle class America while children around the world are killed and maimed by the hundreds of thousands as a result of American foreign policy and corporate agenda. The children killed by the madman recently is heartbreaking, I agree. But when I see the number of children living in poverty in our own country and abroad, and the number killed directly and indirectly for our "National interest" whatever that is, it's beyond understanding. And then there are the kids hobbling around in their millions missing limbs and worse.

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