NEWS > EVERYONE ELSE > AFGHANS BURN WEEKLY EFFIGY OF OBAMA WITH EVEN MORE FIRE FOLLOWING KILLINGS
AFGHANS BURN WEEKLY EFFIGY OF OBAMA WITH EVEN MORE FIRE FOLLOWING KILLINGS
March 13 2012
Kabul, Afghanistan – The reality of war is that it is harsh and brutal and has a negative impact on everyone directly involved in the conflicts. True, citizens are most often the ones most brutalized, but war has serious effects on the individuals involved in the fighting, often causing them to do bad things, sometimes very bad things.
That is very likely what led the mass killing of 16 Afghan civilians on the weekend by an as yet unnamed U.S. soldier. Early reports indicate that not only was the soldier intoxicated when he burst into the homes of three families, killing 9 children, and burning their bodies but that he may also have suffered a serious head trauma and, likely, was suffering from the mental pressures of war.
None of those things are excuses for the slaughter and no one is trying to make them into that, even President Obama who ultimately has to take full responsibility for the actions of his soldiers, has made any excuses. Obama has in fact been incredibly contrite and apologetic, vowing to see the investigation and prosecution of the soldier through to the end. Those promises have not, however, abated the anger of the Afghan citizenry who are just as sick of war as the soldiers, causing many of them to take to the streets and burn their weekly effigy of the President with even more fire than usual.
“The U.S. takes this as seriously as if it were our own citizens and our own children who were murdered,” said Obama, a declaration which has done little to quell the passions of the Afghan people, or the Taliban who are no doubt seeing an opportunity.
Protestors in the eastern city of Jalalabad were the first to the table with the effigy, the flames from which could be seen for blocks.
The chanting of ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Obama’ were reported to be much louder than usual, though that could not be independently confirmed.
“Obviously people are upset about this whole thing and they have every right to their anger. There is a foreign military in their country and one member did a very bad thing and they have every right to be upset about that. A lot of this outrage is most certainly politically motivated but that doesn’t mean that it is invalid,” said Scrape TV International Conflict analyst Mario Martinez. “Even Afghans don’t like innocent children being slaughtered in the night. Well, most don’t, and especially not by foreigners. I mean it’s a different thing if an Afghan butchers innocent women and children but a foreigner, well, that’s something else.”
At least five children were seriously burned during and taken to a U.S. military hospital following the effigy.
“Unfortunately these kinds of violent protests are exactly the argument for continued U.S. presence in the country. When people are butchered in the United States people just tend to mutter under their breath about foreigners, not get all violent, well except for 9/11 which I guess brings us back around full circle,” continued Martinez. “I’m sure this will eventually cool down because it has to eventually. Even the Afghans will run out gasoline eventually and if they keep using it at this pace I doubt the United States is going to be eager to keep providing it. I’m sure they will be back to normal effigies in short order.”
Most of the extra firewood used in the burning was culled by ordinary and loyal Afghans.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent