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Saturday, October 22, 2005

US soldiers alleged to have desecrated Taliban corpes

This story describes allegations against US soldiers in Afghanistan.
The footage, captured by Australian TV channel SBS, purports to show the corpses of two Taliban fighters laid out facing Mecca and then being set alight. Later footage shows soldiers reading from a notebook messages they said had been broadcast to villagers, "Attention Taliban, you are cowardly dogs. You allowed your fighters to belaid down facing West and burnt. You are too scared to retrieve their bodies. This just proves you are the lady boys we always believed you to be."
War is hell and hellish things happen. If the US is going to wage war on terrorism in Afghanistan (or anywhere else) - shouldn't soldiers be trained in International Humanitarian Law (Geneva Conventions et al)? It doesn't take a military genius to realize that not only do human rights violations break the law (and dehumanize the perpetrators), but this ain't going to do much for the cause either boys... The simplistic message that "we'll hunt down all the terrorists and kill them" ignores the fact that there will always be more men (and women) ready to die for the cause. This kind of inhuman behavior is a wonderful recruiting tool for the Taliban.

So sad that the US squandered so much international good will since the attacks on the Trade Towers... from Canada to Islamic nations.


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