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02:24 PM on 09/10/2010
heeeeem wining the hearts and mind of the Afghan people good luck for that if I was a Afghan I would never trust American soldier's, we all remember Iraqi prisoners photos it was disgusting and now keeping human body parts as a trophies that's sick.
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02:23 PM on 09/10/2010
Atrocious. No more wars!
02:16 PM on 09/10/2010
War is hell. Brave men die and are wounded every day. Some recover and go back to fight some more. Others are shipped home in body bags or wheel chairs. Some commit suicide and we
cannot understand what makes others go of the wall and do these crazy things such as collecting body parts as symbols of victory. They did not enlist to become pawns in a senseless war. They were badly conned for oil. You cannot create a nation of free people when they do not understand true freedom from childhood. You cannot win them over by running them over. We never truly were honest with Iraqi or Afghans, We still deal with corrupt leaders. So whats to gain except more money down the drain and more dead and homeless.
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Angela Monger
06:19 PM on 09/10/2010
Could it be that some of these people were psychopaths when they joined? I definitely suspect they were. I was in the Air Force and there's no test they give you to see if you're a serial killer.
11:56 PM on 10/10/2010
they kenw what they signed up, for they shuld have resisted like slademan.
02:13 PM on 09/10/2010
We make of men, butchers of humanity. Such is the greatest enterprise of our nation.
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HippieDippieWeatherman
I reason, therefore I am not Republican.
02:40 PM on 09/10/2010
Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, USMC, twice-winner of the Medal of Honor, said as much in 1935:

"I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class thug for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902–1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents."
11:57 PM on 10/10/2010
is he rpoud?
05:46 PM on 09/10/2010
I rather enjoy listening to these vapid lamentations. Man is as he is and has never been otherwise. Keep dreaming of a peaceful world, but understand that you will continue to live in a dark world of cruel primates. It can be no other way.
07:43 PM on 09/10/2010
Thrasymachus...

I guess you don't accept the idea that we have evolved, or that we can evolve into greater beings. Is that meant to justify us making butchers of men?

I am bathed in much sunshine and surrounded by caring, peaceful humanity. I believe we progressives have done much to improve the world and bring forth light. From my prospective, the "cruel primates" you speak of are those who still harbor the primitive mentality of patriotic god-and-country tribalism. With persistent efforts, this cancer upon humanity will subside or humanity will perish.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Some 2000 years ago, a teaching philosopher had said, "If a man has a grudge on you, don't make offerings to gods. Go at once and seek his forgiveness." Who is this man and what impact does this statement have on you, if any?
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Jennifer Hagan
Expat Mother of two living in France.
02:12 PM on 09/10/2010
How about we let these boys get tried in Afghanistan by the family members of the people they victimized. Also, why not let the people in charge of these idiots be financially responsible for the people they destroyed for the rest of their lives. How about that?
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Paula Ann
05:07 PM on 09/10/2010
yes, they should be responsible for financially compensating the families of their victims.
07:17 PM on 09/10/2010
Instead you and I will pay.
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02:11 PM on 09/10/2010
wow that sucks!
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Lawrence Bullock
02:02 PM on 09/10/2010
War is ultimately de-humanizing to everyone involved.
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muck-raker
give me liberty or give me death
01:53 PM on 09/10/2010
When the USA kills a suspect whether they are a Al Khaida or a Freedom Fighter. He/she is for the most part a uneducated Tribal Villager. His/Her neighbors will rise up for vengeance...just ask the Soviets who killed 2 million so called people and could not convince them. From this period of time came the saying Afgan is the Cemetery for Empires.
http://pulsemedia.org/2009/04/12/us-drones-have-killed-687-innocents/
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ProfessorDuh
01:53 PM on 09/10/2010
Americans spend as much on war-making as all the rest of the world COMBINED, and the rest of the world knows what Americans are — bellicose, trigger-happy, erratic, immature, hypocritical and easily gulled. And as illustrated here, occasionally sadistic to boot.
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Ascoli
01:59 PM on 09/10/2010
Amen.
02:15 PM on 09/10/2010
Europe wouldn't even be here without America.

Check your history book,
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ProfessorDuh
02:24 PM on 09/10/2010
I'll borrow yours, since clearly you have never opened it.
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02:32 PM on 09/10/2010
I think is the other way around USA wouldn't be A America with out Europe because you wouldn't be an American haha you should check your history book and comment again the real answer.lol Europe was there before America became a country.
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ProfessorDuh
01:48 PM on 09/10/2010
Use lies to invade one country that never attacked or threatened yours. "Shock and awe" them with bombs. Wreck their infrastructure and institutions. Get a million or so of their people killed, one way or another. Permanently occupy them. Torture them.
Also invade and occupy another country. Stay there forever. Chop up their citizens and keep the body parts as souvenirs.
Are the American troops being greeted with that candy and flowers yet?
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01:52 PM on 09/10/2010
No candy and flowers, but lots of rocks and mortars.

America has been hijacked by a very evi! group of people. That's why we have that tingling feeling that the country is "going in the wrong direction". The people are confused, angry, frustrated, and broke. That's because we've been lied to, kicked around, and robbed.
02:13 PM on 09/10/2010
Evil, you say? Whence comes your concepts of good and evil? I see only vast tides of primates fighting for resources necessary for survival.
01:42 PM on 09/10/2010
From this article:
A dozen U.S. soldiers are charged with organizing a secret "kill team" which allegedly murdered Afghan civilians at random and cut fingers and other body parts from corpses as trophies, according to new documents released by the U.S. military.

From the July 29, 2010, Time magazine:
It is a portrait of Aisha, a shy 18-year-old Afghan woman who was sentenced by a Taliban commander to have her nose and ears cut off for fleeing her abusive in-laws. Aisha posed for the picture and says she wants the world to see the effect a Taliban resurgence would have on the women of Afghanistan, many of whom have flourished in the past few years.

As an example, let's rewrite the comment about the Taliban using the adjectives and verbs used for the US soldiers, and the other way round.

The sentence about the US soldiers becomes:
The US army in Aghanistan has organized a secret "kill team" which murders Afghan civilians at random and and cuts fingers and other body parts from corpses as trophies. Victims' family members want the world to see the effect a US troop surge in Afghanistan would have on the people in Afghanistan, which flourished when Afghanistan was unoccupied.

While the sentence about the Taleban becomes:
According to news reports, a village member, said to be a Taliban member, has been charged with mutilating an Afghan woman, allegedly after a dispute with her family-in-law.

Impressive, uh?
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02:23 PM on 09/10/2010
so this makes us better than them????
03:15 PM on 09/10/2010
yes
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muck-raker
give me liberty or give me death
01:36 PM on 09/10/2010
If YOU have children in foreign countries waging war.....THIS is what they have been reduced to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-CpCUOygqU&feature=player_embedded
04:04 PM on 09/12/2010
Thank you for posting that.
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AndyWright68
A truly free society is inevitable!
01:32 PM on 09/10/2010
And people still support these unjust wars and our paid kiIIers.
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muck-raker
give me liberty or give me death
01:41 PM on 09/10/2010
AndyWright68....The US media has public brainwashed...this is WHY : I am John Maresca, vice president for international relations of the Unocal Corporation. Unocal, as you know, is one of world's leading energy resource and project development companies. I appreciate your invitation to speak here today. I believe these hearings are important and timely. I congratulate you for focusing on Central Asia oil and gas reserves and the role they play in shaping U.S. policy.

I would like to focus today on issues. First, need for multiple pipeline routes for Central Asian oil and gas resources. Second, need for U.S. support for international and regional efforts to achieve balanced and lasting political settlements to conflicts in region, including Afghanistan. Third, need for structured assistance to encourage economic reforms and development of appropriate investment climates in region.

Mr. Chairman, the Caspian region contains tremendous untapped hydrocarbon reserves. Just to give an idea of the scale, proven natural gas reserves equal more than 236 trillion cubic feet. The region's total oil reserves may well reach more than 60 billion barrels of oil. Some estimates are as high as 200 billion barrels. In 1995, the region was producing only 870,000 barrels per day. By 2010, western companies could increase production to about 4.5 million barrels a day, an increase of more than 500 percent in only 15 years.
http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/oil.html?q=oil.html
02:08 PM on 09/10/2010
The United States needs oil and if it has the strength to take it it should do so.
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01:49 PM on 09/10/2010
American soldiers today are no more than a bunch of well-equipped, poorly-trained, morally deprived, brainwashed taxpayer-supported private security guards for mega corporations like the oil cartels.
05:54 PM on 09/10/2010
They are well-trained. Give them that at least.

And it is amusing watching you bare your fangs in hatred at those who you accuse of hateful activity. The difference between you and the soldiers is that they argue from a position of strength and you from a position of impotence.
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AndyWright68
A truly free society is inevitable!
10:15 AM on 09/12/2010
Solid description.

Fanned
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Muhammad Sheikh
01:05 PM on 09/10/2010
"Who, when a misfortune overtakes them, say: 'Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return'."

Qur'an Al Baqara 156
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02:34 PM on 09/10/2010
it is true no matter who you pray to . blessings to abraham and all his seed. we need peace!
03:01 PM on 09/10/2010
cant we burn the bible and the koran?
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muck-raker
give me liberty or give me death
12:56 PM on 09/10/2010
LONDON — A US cruise missile carrying cluster bombs was behind a December attack in Yemen that killed 55 people, most of them civilians, Amnesty International (AI) said on Monday.

[Unexploded BLU 97 cluster bomblet in al-Ma'jalah, Yemen. The Tomahawk BGM-109D cruise missile would have carried 166 of these BLU 97 cluster bomblets, which are designed to scatter over a wide area, acting indiscriminately when used in civilian areas. Many also fail to explode on impact, as in the photograph above, but may explode if disturbed, making land dangerous for communities to use for months or years after attacks. (Photo/Amnesty International)]Unexploded BLU 97 cluster bomblet in al-Ma'jalah, Yemen. The Tomahawk BGM-109D cruise missile would have carried 166 of these BLU 97 cluster bomblets, which are designed to scatter over a wide area, acting indiscriminately when used in civilian areas. Many also fail to explode on impact, as in the photograph above, but may explode if disturbed, making land dangerous for communities to use for months or years after attacks. (Photo/Amnesty International)
The London-based rights group released photographs that it said showed the remains of a US-made Tomahawk missile and unexploded cluster bombs that were apparently used in the December 17, 2009 attack on the rural community of Al-Maajala in Yemen's southern Abyan province.

"Cluster munitions have indiscriminate effects and unexploded bomblets threaten lives and livelihoods for years afterwards," he said.
03:17 PM on 09/10/2010
how I love me some cluster bombing, o please make pakistan the next target.