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Bombing of farming village undermines U.S. credibility [as if there was any]

From Lysander Zimmerman <LAMZ@sympatico.ca>
Date Sun, 4 Nov 2001 13:12:48 -0500 (EST)


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"U.S. planes opened fire on people as they attempted to flee the bombs."
(From the article below my enraged comments).

THIS IS COMPLETE FASCISM, BARBARISM, NAZISM, SADISM,
PSYCOPATHY................PURE GODDAMN **EVIL**!!

Don't let anyone tell you, "leftist" not, that these fascists do not know
that what they are doing is vile. I have heard many activists tell me that
and it is total nonsense. The corporate military fascists take pleasure in
this horrendous savagery.

PLEASE COME TO OTTAWA TO PROTEST THE **WAR**, THE IMF, THE WORLD BANK, AND
THE SCUMBAGS FROM THE G20.

WE MUST DO EVERYTHING IN POWER TO STOP THIS CARNAGE OR WE WILL SHARE THE
COMPLICITY.

> From: "Edward Pickersgill" <Lab@assets.net> To: <anti-capitalism@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2001 10:48 PM


> Bombing of farming village undermines U.S. credibility
> By MURRAY CAMPBELL
> Globe and Mail, Canada
> Saturday, November 3, 2001 - Print Edition, Page A4
>
>
>
>       Both sides agree that the Afghan village of Chowkar-Karez was
bombed.
> But that's where the agreement ends.
>
>       The Taliban says between 90 and 100 civilians, almost the entire
> population of the village, were killed in an attack by U.S. warplanes on
> Oct. 22. The Pentagon says the community was supporting terrorists from
the
> al-Qaeda network and deserved its fate.
>
>       That's where things might have remained were it not for an
> investigation by a Western human-rights group and a timely tour through
> Afghanistan by group of Western journalists.
>
>       Human Rights Watch concluded that at least 25, and possibly as many
as
> 35 people died in the nighttime raid.
>
>       Western journalists taken to the village by the Taliban this week
> reported finding huge craters, pulverized houses, and bomb fragments
strewn
> everywhere. They also found 18 fresh graves.
>
>       The bombing of Chowkar-Karez, a farming village about 60 kilometres
> north of the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar, has become the best
documented
> bombing of the four-week-old war. It also has become something of a
> touchstone in the battle for credibility, and the Pentagon's handling of
the
> information that has emerged has led some observers to wonder whether
> Washington really knows what is going on in the field.
>
>       The Taliban says 1,500 civilians have been killed in the raids, a
> figure the Pentagon insists is inflated. Confirmation is next to
impossible
> since the Taliban simply hand their estimates to news agencies; the U.S.
> military can only guess at civilian deaths because it has no observers on
> the ground.
>
>       "It begins to make you question not only the credibility of the
> information that's coming back to us as members of the public but also the
> kind of information and intelligence that's going into the selection of
> targets," said Sidney Jones, the director of the Asian division of Human
> Rights Watch.
>
>       The New York-based organization has been interviewing civilians who
> end up in Pakistani hospitals, and has found that in almost all cases,
> survivors were forthcoming about the presence of Taliban or al-Qaeda
> military positions near where the bombs fell. Six survivors of
Chowkar-Karez
> interviewed by Human Rights Watch were all adamant that there was nothing
in
> their remote village that ought to have attracted the interest of the U.S.
> military. They described how the bombing began shortly before midnight on
> Oct. 22 and lasted for an hour.
>
>       Witnesses talked to by the Western reporters claimed there were no
> Taliban troops in the village and that U.S. planes opened fire on people
as
> they attempted to flee the bombs.
>
>       The Pentagon has confirmed that Chowkar-Karez was attacked by AC-130
> Spectre gunships, which fly low and are armed with cannons. But it has
made
> no further statements, even though the attack was raised in three
different
> press briefings.
>
>       Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld -- asked again this week about the
> incident after the journalists visited the site -- professed ignorance. "I
> cannot deal with that particular village," he replied.
>
>       Later, unidentified Pentagon officials told CNN that Chowkar-Karez
was
> "a fully legitimate target" because it was a nest of Taliban and al-Qaeda
> sympathizers. "The people there are dead because we wanted them dead," an
> official said.
>
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