Obama Gets Some Blood on His Hands
By Paul Street at Jan 26, 2009
So it took Empire's New Clothes what, four days to become a war criminal?
The day after Obama was elected, the Toronto Star reported, "Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged U.S. president-elect Barack Obama to end civilian casualties once and for all amid reports that dozens of women and children were killed in U.S. air strikes on a wedding party in southern Afghanistan."
Within less than four days of Obama's bungled presidential oath-taking, the U.S. launched an attack between 3 and 4 in the morning (the usual time) in the Mehtar Lam district of Laghman province, about 40 miles northeast of Kabul. As usual, the Empire claimed that all the resulting mangled corpses were comprised solely of precision-targeted militants.
Also as usual. this unlikely claim was clearly and passionately refuted by on-the-ground civilians, stuck on the wrong side of Freedom's Guns. According to Los Angeles Times reporters M Karim Faiez and Laura King, "the Village elders provided a much different account to provincial officials, saying there were no Taliban fighters in the area, which they described as a hamlet populated mainly by shepherds. Women and children were among the 22 civilian dead, they said, according to Hamididan Abdul Rahmzai, head of the provincial council."
"Two other officials, including a spokesman for the Laghman governor, later said 11 of the dead had been identified positively as civilians."
Hundreds of angry villagers demonstrated Sunday against the latest U.S. mass murder of Afghan civilians, this one perpetrated under the direction of the supposed (so many liberals and "progressives" wish to believe) "antiwar" President Obama, not Bush -- a landmark moment in the annals of Hope and Change.
As Barack No Apology Obama moves forward with his plan to flood 30,000 colonial gendarmes into Afghanistan (the site of what he considers Bush II's "good" and "proper" war), the New York Times reports, "Afghan officials and some Western coalition partners are voicing concern that the additional troops will only increase the levels of violence and civilian casualties, after a year in which as many as 4,000 Afghan civilians were killed."
There was also an Obama attack on Pakistan, with the usual claims that the world's "last greatest hope" (as Obama has described "this magical place" the United States) miraculously targeted and killed only "mlitants."
Meanwhile the corporate War Hack Joe Biden "concedes," Antiwar.com reports, "that Americans should expect a higher death toll this year than in years past. ' I hate to say it, but yes, I think there will be. There will be an uptick,' Biden insists. Yet the 2008 death toll was already 151 American soldiers, the most yet in the seven year long war, so any further increase from the Obama escalation is likely to be viewed as more than just 'an uptick.'"
Plus ca change plus c'est la meme chose.
Fellow anti-imperialists, I Hope you didn't think Obama's election meant you could celebrate and relax