Utter stupidity in Afghanistan is costing lives. First it was the burning of the Qurans. That cost the lives of six U.S. soldiers. Now a U.S. Army sergeant opened fire on Afghan villagers as they slept. 16 people, mostly women and children, were murdered. This senseless act of violence has reignited fury at the U.S. presence. Atrocity is too kind of a term. This was cold blooded murder. The Taliban has promised revenge and U.S.-Afghan relations are at an all time low.
Why are American troops still fighting in Afghanistan? It has been 10 years of conflict. Osama bin Laden is dead.The local Afghanistan people don't want us there. Recent video purportedly showing U.S. Marines urinating on dead Taliban militants has only added fuel to the fire.Violent protests have resulted in the death of 30 Afghans and 6 U.S. service members. Sunday's massacre began around 3 a.m. in two villages in Panjwai district. The village is about 500 yards from the U.S. base.
The Army staff sergeant from Joint Base Lewis-McChord Washington, acted alone. He returned to the Afghan base after the shooting and turned himself in. He is in custody at a NATO base in Afghanistan. The sergeant was assigned to support a special operations unit of either Green Berets or Navy Seals for purposes of promoting village stability. Apparently, this sergeant had just been cleared to return to duty after having suffered a head injury. Perhaps there was a medical reason for his insanity. In the meantime Karzai said, "This is an assassination, an intentional killing of innocent civilians and cannot be forgiven."
The U.S. needs a faster exit strategy. President Obama's plan calls for troops to leave at the end of 2014. In the wake of the Quran burnings, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, visited troops and urged them not to give in to the impulse for revenge. Now, nothing short of a complete withdrawal will ease the tensions.
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