Wingnut Pastors, Hate-Filled Soldiers, and a Scandal Greater than Abu Ghraib

By: Saturday April 2, 2011 9:00 am

The anti-Muslim hate industry in the US poisons more than just those who hear their venom. When those infected with it join the military and are posted to an Islamic country, all hell breaks loose. For a description of that hell, let me direct your attention to a video documentary by Der Spiegel of the members of a “kill team” from the 5th Stryker Brigade in Afghanistan.

The hate industry at home created the monsters, and the military trained them, gave them weapons and put them in situations to act on their hate. The price for this is being paid for this by Afghan civilians, other US soldiers, UN aid workers, and others. Enough.

 

Rolling Stone Advances Afghan “Kill Team” Story

By: Tuesday March 29, 2011 7:35 am

It took a whistleblower to bring down the kill team, but senior Army leadership knew from battlefield reports and complaints from the local population about their exploits. It took a long time for them to act. So while there’s some solace in the fact that these soldiers are being held accountable for their crimes and that the process began well before the articles were released, it’s not like the punishment was swift. And the unit commander continues to operate freely, despite what was occurring in his ranks. Only the lower-level troops have been arrested. In fact, the article intimates that the squad leader, Calvin Gibbs, who was generally the ringleader for a lot of this conduct, learned the behavior while working in the security detail for a top colonel named Harry Tunnell, who pushed his troops to relentlessly attack the enemy.

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