Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Afghanistan: The Monsters and the Barbarians
Just in case we need to be reminded what monsters the Taliban are.
Just in case we need to be reminded how barbarous and corrupt our Afghan allies are.
Once the shooting began, it took more than five minutes to kill the last of the 15 condemned men.
However, when the final coup de grace had been applied and the night was silent again, it was clear that one man was missing. Timur Shah, perhaps Afghanistan’s most infamous criminal, sentenced to die for kidnap, rape and murder, had escaped in the mêlée that was the country’s first official execution for three years
The condemned prisoners were killed in a chaotic, group turkey shoot. And Timur Shah had escaped with the complicity of corrupt guards.
The bodies were collected. With multiple close-range gunshot wounds, many had their faces blown off and were unidentifiable. Foreign diplomats suggested later that some of the bodies had also been bayoneted
Just in case the military and the Cons need to be reminded that in Canada human rights count.
The Federal Court has cleared the way for two human rights groups to challenge Canada's policy of handing Afghan detainees into local custody where they might be tortured.
Just in case Peter MacKay needed to be reminded how badly the war is going.
Just in case we all need to be reminded what a tragic FARCE it has become....
Col. Stephane Lafaut, commander of the Operational Liaison Mentoring Team, was briefing reporters just seconds before the rockets exploded.
He said the attack was a signal of desperation from insurgents, but that it was worrisome because "it means the enemy still has some freedom of movement."
I know how we got into this mess.
But when and how the fuck do we get out?