First off, if you have a weak stomach do not look at these photos. If you don’t know who the ‘Kill Team’ is, they were from the Bravo Company from the US Army and are accused of murdering and framing Afghan citizens for sport. This is a gruesome story but needs to be told to the American public who has no realities of the now 3 wars we are engaged in Africa.
Among the men of Bravo Company, the notion of killing an Afghan civilian had been the subject of countless conversations, during lunchtime chats and late-night bull sessions. For weeks, they had weighed the ethics of bagging “savages” and debated the probability of getting caught. Some of them agonized over the idea; others were gung-ho from the start. But not long after the New Year, as winter descended on the arid plains of Kandahar Province, they agreed to stop talking and actually pull the trigger.
Why is this so shocking? We live in a world that we humans are constantly engaged in war and killing each other, so what is a trained soldier to do? You do your job make a kill and just like a deer in the woods you photograph it.
This week, the German news magazine Der Spiegel published three photographs said to show two U.S. soldiers accused of being part of a rogue “kill team” last year during their tour in Afghanistan. Perhaps the most damaging image appears to show Spc. Morlock smiling as he lifts the head of a dead, bloodied Afghan man.
I hate to keep posting these stories about what type of stuff is going on in our wars but it must be spread. This is not say that there are not atrocities being committed on the other side but when our soldiers are effing up it is our responsibility to deal with it and not try to cover it up as the mainstream press would like.
Instead of 24/7 coverage on Lindsey Lohan, Snooki, and Paris Hilton we need to address the madness going on overseas. Here is a a very sad story of our soldiers being accused of using Afghan citizens as target practice.
Twelve American soldiers face charges over a secret “kill team” that allegedly blew up and shot Afghan civilians at random and collected their fingers as trophies.
Five of the soldiers are charged with murdering three Afghan men who were allegedly killed for sport in separate attacks this year. Seven others are accused of covering up the killings and assaulting a recruit who exposed the murders when he reported other abuses, including members of the unit smoking hashish stolen from civilians.