Afghan Massacre: the Convoy of Death

Posted: April 2, 2008 in Uncategorized

War has always been a battle for minds as well land, resources, and political power. The rules — portray our warriors as noble innocents, bravely sacrificing themselves for a higher cause; demonize the other side — call them fanatics, terrorists, murderers.

It helps if you don’t speak the enemy’s language, don’t know their history and culture and can hardly locate them on a map. Add a natural sympathy for our soldiers and a compliant news media and it is no wonder that we get such a one-sided view of things.

The truth is, war is murder, no matter who is pulling the trigger. In the case of Afghanistan, we (the “Western We”– the Americans, the Canadians, the Brits, etc.) bear most of the responsibility because we invaded Afghanistan, a land already destroyed by decades of war and civil wars that arose out of the Cold War.

Under the pretext of fighting a post 9-11 “war on terror” and rooting out Osama bin Laden, we joined in an unholy alliance with corrupt, autocratic, woman-hating, drug-running Afghan warlords to rout the Taliban “evil-doers” who, in reality, were no less anti-woman or autocratic, but who, at least, took a dim view of the opium trade.

In joining forces with the so-called Northern Alliance we became partners in their atrocities as did they in ours.

“Afghan Massacre: the Convoy of Death” tells the story of a Northern Alliance war crime perpetrated early in the war. Produced and directed by Irish filmmaker Jamie Doran, the film documents the cold-blooded murder of thousands of prisoners who surrendered to the US military’s Afghan allies after the siege of Kunduz in November 2001.

The film describes how some three thousand of the prisoners were forced into sealed containers and loaded onto trucks for transport. When the prisoners began shouting for air, Northern Alliance soldiers fired into the trucks, killing many of them. The rest suffered through an appalling road trip lasting up to four days, so thirsty they clawed at the skin of their fellow prisoners as they licked perspiration and even drank blood from open wounds.

Witnesses say that when the trucks arrived and soldiers opened the containers, most of the people inside were dead. They also say US Special Forces re-directed the containers carrying the living and dead into the desert and stood by as survivors were shot and buried. Now, up to three thousand bodies lie buried in a mass grave.

The only antidote to propaganda is the truth. While this film has had wide distribution in Europe, Canadians and Americans have had to rely on the Internet to see it.

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  1. baron1282 says:

    I CALL BULLSHIT ON THIS!! I have never seen, nor heard of any US Special Forces do something like this. The US Military would find the people that did this, and put them to trial, if ANYthing like this happened. We are not the bad guys in Afghanistan; we have over 80% of the population supporting us, with the other 20% neutral. Almost all of the fighters that fight against us are not even from Afghanistan. I have been to Iraq and Afghanistan, it appalls me, how stupid people get recognition for putting out crap like this on the internet. This is not true at all people, and don’t believe this crap. I will admit we have made mistakes, but nothing to this magnitude. War is Murder, cold hard fact! But, we are not the one pulling the trigger first. If anything we are defending ourselves from the foreign fighters that infiltrate Afghanistan. The people of Afghanistan HATE the Taliban, they detest them. Not all Afghanis love Americans, but they respect us, and most of them help us out, to get the Taliban out of their villages, so they can have peace in Afghanistan. I can’t understand why people think, that the Taliban will simply put down their arms, and not try and kill us, if we leave Afghanistan, and let them take over. They will come to America, and just kill us there if they had the chance. Plus if we leave Iraq, or Afghanistan, we just sentenced them all to death. Look at all the death the Taliban has left behind. Anything we do, will NEVER compare to the death and destruction the Taliban has left behind in their wake.

  2. webmaster says:

    Thanks for your comments, Baron. Unless you were born yesterday, you should know that you DID shoot first, both in Iraq and Afghanistan. Neither country attacked the United States (or Canada) and neither asked to be invaded, occupied and turned to rubble. The Taliban would have to work pretty hard to top the destruction caused by the US and its allies in a few short years.

    I agree with you on one point: “War is murder.”

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