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Killing Afghans, no apologyWritten by Killid
Saturday, 26 February 2011 11:57
Over 130 civilians have been killed and more than 200 were wounded in the past two weeks but killers refuse to apology, did not regret it and even suggested parents could have deliberately burnt their children in a bid to orchestrate an exaggerated civilian casualty scenario.
Dressed in police uniform and holding an AK47, a young assailant's indiscriminate shooting on civilian customers at a Kabul Bank branch in the eastern city of Jalalabad on 19 February was captured by the security cameras. Footage of the appalling incident was broadcast by a local TV channel on 22 February at the end of which the mass-killer shamelessly barks: "I enjoyed killing those people!"
Whoever watched the indescribable footage expressed shock and unreserved outrage. It is unclear, however, whether those who masterminded and implemented the terrorist attack would share this basic sense of humanity or they would again justify it under religious and political spin.
This Jalalabad tragedy was only one episode in a two-week bloody play in which hundreds of civilian Afghans were killed and wounded in different parts of the country:
21 February: a suicide attacker detonated his explosives in the middle of dozens of people in front of a government office in Imam Sahib District in the northern Kunduz Province. Over 29 civilians were killed and more than 40 were wounded in the attack. Most of the victims were people who had come to the district governor's office to get an identity card.
19 February: another suicide attack in Khost Province killed 7 innocent people and wounded over 20, according to provincial authorities.
17-19 February: about 50 civilians, mostly children and women, were killed and dozens were wounded in air strikes and ground counterterrorism operations by U.S.-NATO forces in Ghaziabad District in the eastern Kunar Province, according to President Hamid Karzai's office. 14 February: a suicide attack killed two people and wounded two others at the entrance of the City Center shopping mall in Kabul.
12 February: a large number of civilian people were killed and wounded in a complex attack on Kandahar's police headquarters.
What knots together all these incidents is a systematic killing, wounding and harming of the civilian people. Although final figures are yet to come from credible organisations, preliminary reports indicate that over 130 civilians lost their lives and more than 200 were wounded in the latest spate of violence across the country.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for all of the suicide and complex attacks in which civilians were disproportionately killed and harmed. However, Taliban spokesmen and their reclusive leaders have expressed no regret for the vast civilian losses and have voiced no sympathy with the families that have lost loved ones in their attacks. Human rights organizations accuse the Taliban of showing little or no respect to the safety and protection of civilian people in their military activities and allege that some of their attacks could be described as war crimes and crimes against humanity.
No apology, no regrets
The presidential palace has, meanwhile, taken a confrontational tune in response to claims by U.S.-NATO officials that pro-Taliban parents could have deliberately burnt their children in a bid to orchestrate an exaggerated civilian casualty scenario resulting from a controversial counterterrorism operation in a remote area in the Kunar Province Ghaziabad District. U.S.-NATO commanders insist that only armed combatants were killed during the military operations there on 17-19 February. However, the governor of Kunar and officials in President Karzai's office have said that almost 50 civilians, most of them women and children, were killed in the ground and air strikes.
Afghans are in the middle of these tragic incidents.
"I don't know who massacred my family and why, but I want justice," cried Shirin Jan, the father of a family that lost several loved ones in the U.S. Ghaziabad operations.
"All I want is justice and an end to these bloodsheds," said a man in Jalalabad who said his son was killed in the Taliban's attack on the Kabul Bank branch.
As people mourn their losses, Kabul is busy settling a desirable political scene in the aftermath of the deadly incidents. The presidential palace is seeking clarification and an apology from the U.S.-NATO command in Kabul and has called on the Taliban to stop using their killing machineries against the "civilian, unable and desperate" people.
But a critical question one needs to ask is whether an apology, be it from the Taliban or Gen. David Petraeus, will heal the wounds of the mourning families? How often have we heard the killers apologizing to us for the killing of our loved ones? For the children who have lost their parents and for the mothers who have lost their sons and daughters, what really apologies and excuses can deliver?
Whilst the Taliban have continued the killing and maiming of the noncombatant people, Kabul has used a soft diplomatic language in condemning their atrocities largely because a so-called "peace process" is in hand.
Afghans have been suffering the brunt of casualties and losses in episodes of armed violence which has continued for over three decades. The U.S.-led war against the Taliban has already entered its tenth year but there are no prospects for an end to it in the near future. The only calls we hear in our lines - civilian communities - is stop killing us!