In this article Boris Dolgov, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Oriental Studies in Moscow, reports on his recent trip to Syria. His field investigation is particularly valuable since most of the information about Syria in recent months has emanated from Beirut, Paris or London. Continue reading
In a shocking act that defies all human morality, a video has been released on internet which shows four US Marines standing over the bodies of several Taliban fighters, at least one of whom is covered in blood and urinating.
According to BBC
The US has about 20,000 Marines deployed in Afghanistan, based mostly in Kandahar and Helmand provinces. In total, about 90,000 US troops are on the ground in Afghanistan.
The Taliban said last week that they were working to set up a political office, possibly in Qatar, that would help to facilitate negotiations with the Afghan government and Nato countries.
The video has not yet been circulated widely in Afghanistan, but there are fears that it could provoke further violence against international forces.
The official US machinery have been quick to condemn this heinous act. Hillary Clinton said she shared Mr. Panetta’s view that such behaviour was inconsistent with the standards the “that vast, vast majority of our personnel – particularly our marines – hold themselves to”.
The US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta termed the act as “utterly deplorable”, he said that the behaviour of US Marines in a video which appears to show them urinating on the blood-soaked bodies of dead insurgency fighters is “utterly deplorable”
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul termed the behaviour “dishonours the sacrifices and core values of every service member representing the fifty nations of the coalition.”
This is not the first time when the occupying US troops have committed acts of extreme cruelty and war against humanity.
In a report published in Guardian (UK) reported: A US military court has convicted an army squad commander of leading a “kill team” in Afghanistan that murdered unarmed civilians and collected body parts as war trophies.
But the right wing imperialists have already started defending the act, Texas Governor and presidential aspirant Rick Perry said “These kids made a mistake. There’s not any doubt about it. They shouldn’t have done it. It’s bad,” “But to call it a criminal act, I think, is over the top,”
The question worth raising is that in spite of repeated acts of inhuman behaviour, why is there no call to prosecute the soldiers, commanders and US leaders for perpetuating war against humanity, a clause which the imperialists have been invoking against anyone who have not been pawn in their global loot?