Friday, March 23, 2012

What Happened That Night in Afghanistan?

Antiwar.com's Justin Raimondo questions the "semi-official story, as related by our compliant news media, ... that a formerly model soldier went bananas under the pressure of war-related injuries, financial problems at home, and the all-purpose PTSD explanation for military misbehavior, whereupon he decided – at 3 am in the morning, after drinking with his army buddies – to walk the couple of miles to an Afghan village, shoot 16 people sleeping in their beds, pile the bodies atop a funeral pyre and set the whole thing alight" — Robert Bales – Lone Nut or Scapegoat?

Speculating that the attacks may have been part of "a program of systematic terror designed to dry up support for the Taliban by driving up the costs of collaborating with them," Mr. Raimondo offers "two possibilities," namely "a 'rogue' group of soldiers acting on their own" or "a 'night raid' gone horribly wrong."

Corroborating Mr. Raimondo's suggestion that "[a]nother suspicious aspect of this whole affair is the extraordinary aura of secrecy surrounding" is cryptogon.com's report — After Massacre, Army Tried to Delete Accused Shooter from the Internet.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Pints in NYC said...

I grin whenever I see you cite Cryptogon. I wonder if he ever comes to your blog?

March 24, 2012 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

There is something about the official story about the atrocity that doesn't ring true to me. I don't know enough about combat conditions or the stress reactions that men subjected to combat experience, but the whole story just seems implausible to me. I hope that people keep their eyes on this story!

March 25, 2012 at 12:43 AM  

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