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Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Posted: April 8, 2010 12:40 AM

What Isn't News: NATO's Coverup of Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan

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I'm old enough now to remember a time -- check this, kids -- when journalism meant, more than anything else, telling you what was new (hence, news). Hence my curiosity over this week's focus on the admittedly haunting WikiLeaks video, while the national media totally ignore the story of NATO's remarkable coverup of the killing, presumably by special ops forces, of two pregnant women and an 18-year-old girl in a seemingly botched Afghanistan raid.

The story was broken by a Times of London reporter, interviewed at length here by Mark Colvin of Australia's ABC radio. The most crucial detail: after being shot, the victims appeared to have borne signs of attempts to carve out the bullets; similar attempts were made on the walls of the house where the killings took place. Prior to the raid, music was heard as a party to celebrate a newborn's naming was winding down at 4 in the morning, even though NATO characterized the house as a Taliban hideout (the Taliban notoriously ban music).

Key fact: the event memorialized in the WikiLeaks video happened three years ago. The event discussed in this interview happened this year, in the war we're currently being told is the good war, the necessary war.

Why so little mention of the coverup of civilian killings? Occam's razor is our friend. Unlike the Iraq killings uncovered by WikiLeaks, there's no video of the Afghanistan killings.

Lesson to all: turn off those robot cameras and you're cool.

 

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