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“We are committing terrorism in order to ‘send a message’ to terrorists.”

— Howard Zinn
author of
A People’s History of the United States

quoted in The Progressive magazine

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Imperial Hypocrisy:
State Terrorism
of the Afghan Peoples, 2001–Present

Afghan children murdered by American-British state terrorists

On October 7, 2001 the most powerful military monster in the world began its latest mass-murder campaign, unleashing missile and bomb attacks on one of the most impoverished and already devastated nations in the world.

Wazir Akbarhan hospital in Kabul was bombed on the first day, and 13 women were killed in the gynecology department. 200 people were killed in the hospital in Herat. Red Cross facilities were bombed twice in Kabul on Oct. 16.

In Jalalabad, the Sultanpur mosque was bombed during prayer. Then, as neighbors dug out 17 victims who were trapped, the U.S. Air Force jet returned to bomb them minutes later, murdering 120 people.

According to research by Marc Herold, an economics professor at the University of New Hampshire, and others, American/British state terrorists have murdered an estimated minimum of 24,000 civilian people so far, including women, children and elderly people — innocent people who had nothing whatsoever to do with the September 11 attacks.

Satellite image with the word 'Censored' across it in big red letters

On the very day they started, October 7, knowing full well that they were about to violently murder large numbers of innocent civilian men, women and children, the U.S. government (through the National Mapping and Imaging Agency) bought the exclusive rights to all satellite photos of the carnage.

They don’t want the world to see the massive and violent evil they have once again committed against innocent people.

On November 12, the U.S. Air Force dropped a 500-pound bomb on the al-Jazeera T.V. studios in the heart of Kabul. Al-Jazeera had been broadcasting scenes of the total devastation which American state terrorism was wreaking on the lives of innocent people in Kabul.

The U.S. military bombed the T.V. station just before the “Northern Alliance” occupied Kabul so that the bloody massacres and reprisals which they knew would take place would be as hidden as possible from American people. The U.S. military ensured there were no T.V. cameras rolling when their “Northern Alliance” buddies strapped their prisoners to tank treads, rolled the tanks forward and crushed the men to death, while smirking American military personnel stood by and enjoyed the show. There were no T.V. cameras to record when the U.S. military’s “Northern Alliance” buddies raped other men and sadistically tortured them to death.

Americans desperately need to get a clue about the degraded evil of our war criminal government and military. The U.S. military/government is nothing more than a violently sadistic mafia, a gang of homicidal psychopaths. They are at the moral level of some animalistic criminal who walks into a store intending to rob and murder innocent people, and before he does it he shoots out the surveillance camera to hide his crime. That’s the U.S. government and military. They are filthy, murdering terrorists, and yet they’re portrayed as “great heros” in the “war against terrorism” by the corporate mass-media lie-machine.

Meanwhile, as brainwashed Americans gaped at endless media propaganda fantasies on their T.V. sets which glorified the war crimes of American military terrorists, in the real world over 1.5 million impoverished Afghan refugees were forced to flee the American/British bombing. They fled in all directions — by U.N. estimates at least a million people toward Pakistan in the east, 400,000 people to Iran in the west, another 100,000 people to the north — yet most had nowhere to go. They became homeless refugees on the road, many dying of exposure and starvation through the long, cold winter of American terror, especially children.

From Indymedia:

...the British daily Guardian correspondent, Ian Traynor, reported that the following scene in Charikar, Afghanistan was a normal one:

“A three-year-old girl was perched on the handlebars of a bike being pedalled north by her 14-year-old brother; and an old man pushed a wheelbarrow as fast as he could up the road away from the war... Women in flight were a ghost-like sight, shuffling in the pitch dark, cloaked in their all-covering burqas, carrying babies in their arms and ragged bundles on their heads.”

Civilian casualties mount in Afghanistan

By Kate Randall
World Socialist Web Site
13 October 2001

Afghan child injured by heros of the U.S. military

Many news sources report mounting civilian casualties in Afghanistan since the US launched air strikes against the country last Sunday. The Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) reports that more than 250 civilians have been killed so far, while the Taliban says casualties have surpassed 300. USA Today reports that Western diplomats in Pakistan have received unconfirmed reports from aid workers in Afghanistan that the number may be far higher, and rising with each day’s air raids.

Afghan refugees arriving daily in Pakistan speak of the destruction wrought by the US bombing raids. Khawaja Ahmad, 25, who arrived from Jalalabad with her two older brothers on Tuesday, told USA Today that she witnessed dozens of homes destroyed and many injured children:

“We see only our mothers and children dying. Why do you kill us? What have our civilians done to you?”

On Thursday, thousands of Afghan refugees fled their homes in Kabul, Kandahar and Jalalabad after US jets carried out the heaviest bombing since the US launched its attack last Sunday. They carried whatever personal belongings they could, traveling on donkeys and in taxis and trucks. At least 1.1 million of Afghanistan’s 26 million people are fleeing areas that might be hit by US air raids. Riza Kahn, a fruit merchant from Jalalabad, told USA Today,

“People everywhere are on the run. They are trying to hide, wherever they can. But the bombs are everywhere.”

Stephanie Bunker, spokesperson for the Office of the UN Coordinator for Afghanistan, said that these refugees have little or no access to food, water or shelter. She told USA Today that since September 11 nearly three-quarters of Jalalabad’s 100,000 residents, half of Kandahar’s 100,000 residents and one-fifth of Kabul’s 1.8 million residents have fled.

Those who can afford it are heading for the Pakistan border, and others are fleeing to the countryside. UN officials report that many of those who lack the resources to leave the country are widows, the elderly and the extremely impoverished. Ms. Bunker commented,

“The ones who have stayed are the poorest of the poor. They’re living on bread and water.”

Afghan refugees report widespread devastation to civilian areas of the country, including the shutoff of water and electricity in many areas.

AIP reports that at least 100 people were killed or missing following US air attacks on the village of Kourram, 35 kilometers to the west of Jalalabad on Wednesday, October 10. Twelve others were taken to a Jalalabad hospital. An area resident said that the village was virtually destroyed following three nighttime raids on the area by US jets. The village comprised 25 houses that have now been completely destroyed. Taliban sources told AIP that 50 bodies had been pulled from the rubble so far.

According to UN officials, civilian deaths on Wednesday also included 20 in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif and 10 in the southern city of Kandahar.

Ten civilians were killed when an American missile hit their home in a residential neighborhood of Kabul early Thursday morning, according to AIP. Another report said at least 18, mostly women and children, were killed and more than 30 injured in an attack on Konduz Thursday morning in several air and missile attacks on the city.

According to AIP, more than 200 people were killed on Thursday when a bomb struck the village of Kadam, about 40 kilometers west of Jalalabad. Kadam has been the target of repeated air strikes, lying near what the US has cited as a terrorist training camp. The Taliban told AIP,

“So far 160 bodies have been recovered, mostly women and children. This is not an exaggeration. More bodies are still being recovered.”

Abdul Salam Zaeef, the Taliban’s ambassador to Pakistan, told reporters in Islamabad that a bombing raid early Thursday morning killed about 100 civilians in a village in the Torghar region, near Jalalabad. He said the casualties also included 15 people killed at a mosque in Jalalabad Wednesday night.

The capital city of Kabul came under sustained bombardment in the early morning hours of Friday, in what residents described as a combined plane and missile assault. An Agence France-Presse (AFP) reporter in Kabul counted 10 explosions, as planes flew over the city in numerous waves, beginning at 3:15 a.m.

“At times there were no planes but still explosions, so there must have been some missiles coming in as well,” the AFP correspondent reported. He said that some of the blasts were felt inside the city.

The AIP reported that several houses in a residential neighborhood were flattened by a cruise missile during raids that went on for most of the night around Kabul and its airport.

Truck drivers arriving from Kabul at a fruit market in Peshawar, Pakistan described to the Scottish newspaper The Scotsman the conditions faced by residents in Afghanistan’s capital city following consecutive nights of bombardment. Aqbal Anwar said,

“After the first night’s bombing, they were able to go about their business in the day before sheltering at night, but now the attacks are in daylight as well. This is terrorism to the people of Afghanistan. It is America and Britain who are the real terrorists.”

Another driver said,

“The situation is very bad. The people will never forgive America for these attacks because innocent people are being hit and killed and they have no defenses. I saw a house which had been destroyed and we hear of people who have been injured and killed. It is not just military targets that are being hit. The Americans cannot win because there is nothing for them to bomb and they cannot kill everyone in Afghanistan.”

US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told the press Thursday: “Everyone in this county knows that the United States of America does not target civilians.” While denying Washington was targeting civilians, he said they were inevitable in any military conflict.

Britain’s International Development Secretary Clare Short on Friday flatly denied that Afghan civilians had been killed: “Clearly there is propaganda being fed out.... Information moves across the borders in and out and there are refugees and families, and it is widely understood amongst Afghanistan refugees that there have not been civilian casualties.”

Two US aircraft carriers in the Arabian Sea continue to launch strike aircraft and heavy bombing was reported to be continuing around Kabul. Rumsfeld told reporters Thursday that the US had hit unidentified cave complexes with an array of precision munitions. These weapons including GBU-28 “bunker busters” — 5,000-pound laser-guided bombs designed to penetrate buried concrete structures.

See Also:
US food drops: a cynical propaganda exercise

American flag - swastika and stripes - symbol of American state terrorism.  American terrorism is international terrorism.

American State Terrorists
are Pathological Liars

Donald Rumsfeld and Clare Short are, of course, utterly despicable liars. Such crooked government mouthpieces are accessories to cruel, inhuman and violent crimes against humanity.

So Donald Rumsfeld, you claim the U.S. military “does not target civilians”? Well gee wiz, the U.S. military sure has bad aim then, because they always manage to hit thousands of civilian people!

Every single time there is an American state terror campaign anywhere in the world, the perpetrators and their apologists routinely insist that only small numbers of innocent civilian people are being “accidentally” murdered by U.S. forces.

Yet they know that the murder of innocent civilians is absolutely inevitable in all such operations of the U.S. military. They know in advance that they are going to murder innocent men, women and children. Therefore their murder cannot be an “accident”.

Since they always tell the patently absurd lie that they don’t intend to murder innocent people, it’s no surprise that they also lie about the number of people they murder. And on top of that, they always attempt to dehumanize their human victims by calling them “collateral damage”.

The fact that they can’t even speak honestly of their victims as being innocent human beings is another very big clue to the pathological state of mind of American state terrorists.

Meanwhile, with every new slaughter, the honest, non-corporate part of the Internet provides mountains of testimony and graphic evidence that thousands of civilian men, women and children are indeed being violently and horribly murdered by the filthy U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and/or U.S. Marines.

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Film exposing Pentagon war crimes premieres in US

“A powerful film exposing the US role in the massacre of thousands of unarmed prisoners of war in Afghanistan was shown for the first time in the United States February 6 [2003].

“The US premiere of Afghan Massacre — Convoy of Death was held at American University before a largely student audience. Made by Irish documentary filmmaker Jamie Doran, who was present for the premiere, Afghan Massacre has already been broadcast on national television in Britain, Germany, Australia and Italy, and rights to broadcast it have been sold to networks in a total of 24 countries.

Afghan Massacre is now available on video and can be purchased at the web site of Doran’s film company, Atlantic Celtic Film Corporation at www.acftv.net. Brief video excerpts from the film are posted on Oneworld TV at http://tv.oneworld.net/tapestry?story=584&window=full.

“After a rough cut of the film was screened before the European Parliament last year, it became the subject of articles and commentaries in virtually every major newspaper in Europe, prompting demands by human rights organizations and lawyers for an official investigation. In the US, however, the film has been subjected to a near-total blackout by the media and unremitting hostility from the Bush administration, which unsuccessfully pressured the German government to stop its broadcast in that country.

“Official Washington’s hostility is well founded. Doran’s film provides irrefutable evidence that US forces in Afghanistan carried out a massive war crime. ...

“Some 3,000 of them [Afghan men] were crammed into private container trucks commandeered by [American ally] Doshtum’s forces. During a 20-hour drive to the Sheberghan prison, most of these prisoners died from suffocation in the airless containers. Witnesses interviewed in the film described how soldiers fired into the containers when the prisoners screamed for air and water. Others reported seeing blood dripping from the trucks.

“Several witnesses recounted that US soldiers were present as the prisoners were loaded into the trucks and also when the container doors were opened at Sheberghan and hundreds of dead bodies spilled out. One soldier said that US troops in charge of the operation told their Afghan allies to ‘get rid of them [the bodies] before satellite pictures could be taken.’

“The final stage of this grisly operation was the transport of the dead and wounded prisoners to a barren stretch of desert 10 minutes up the road, called Dasht-i-Leili, where the bodies were unloaded and several hundred prisoners who were still alive were shot to death. Again, witnesses said US Special Forces troops were present during these executions and when bulldozers pushed the corpses into a mass grave.”

WSWS: September 11 Aftermath

This is the index page for a wealth of informative articles dealing with all aspects of the American state terrorism of the Afghan peoples since 9-11, and related subjects.

Colorado Campaign for Middle East Peace

Information and articles about American state terrorism of Afghan civilian men, women and children.

Afghanistan Peace Organization

“We are a number of determined Afghans who like to capitalize on their wisdom and knowledge for the holy cause of peace.

“We realize that it has been impossible for United Nations and the international community to put an end to this problem which affects the whole world, but we believe with knowledge and wisdom Afghans can resolve their differences and enter the twenty first century with peace and understanding.

“May God help us out.”

TalibanOnline - Misconceptions about Taliban

Find out what the Taliban themselves say about the nature of Islamic culture in Afghanistan, their ending of all opium production, why they blew up the Buddhist statues, the condition of women in Afghan society before and after the Taliban, and more.

Free Speech Bombed

“An independent television station broadcasting from Afghanistan was a problem in winning ‘the propaganda war,’ so before ‘America’s allies’ overran Kabul, an American bomb silenced it.”


After studying the information in these books it will come as no surprise that the hypocrite U.S. military/government terrorized and mass-murdered thousands of innocent people in Afghanistan who had absolutely nothing to do with the September 11 attacks.

Pirates and Emperors, Old and New:
International Terrorism in the Real World
by Noam Chomsky

The Real Terror Network:
Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda
by Edward S. Herman

Rogue State:
A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower
by William Blum

Killing Hope:
U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII
by William Blum

The Culture of Terrorism
by Noam Chomsky

Western State Terrorism
Alexander George, editor; essays by Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, Gerry O’Sullivan and others

Terrorizing the Neighborhood:
American Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Era
by Noam Chomsky
Pressure Drop Press, 1991

What Uncle Sam Really Wants
by Noam Chomsky

Bin Laden, the Forbidden Truth
by Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie
published originally in France as Bin Laden, la Verite Interdite

This book reveals that FBI deputy director John O’Neill resigned in July 2001 to protest official U.S. government obstruction of his investigation of terrorism.

The authors report that O’Neill told them: “The main obstacles to investigate Islamic terrorism were U.S. oil corporate interests and the role played by Saudi Arabia in it.”

Osama bin Laden is a Saudi who has worked with the CIA since the 1980s, when they supplied him with U.S.-made Stinger missiles so his forces could shoot down Russian helicopters in Afghanistan.

The Fire This Time:
U.S. War Crimes in the Gulf
by Ramsey Clark

Desert Slaughter:
The Imperialist War Against Iraq
by the Workers League

Apocalypse 1945:
The Destruction of Dresden
by David Irving

Against Empire
by Michael Parenti

The Sword and the Dollar:
Imperialism, Revolution and the Arms Race
by Michael Parenti

The Beast Reawakens
by Martin A. Lee

Derailing Democracy:
The America the Media Don’t Want You to See
by David McGowan

Inventing Reality:
The Politics of News Media
by Michael Parenti

Manufacturing Consent:
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky

The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media:
Decoding Spin and Lies in Mainstream News
by Norman Solomon

Censored 2000:
The Year’s Top 25 Censored Stories
by Peter Phillips & Project Censored

War, Lies & Videotape:
How media monopoly stifles truth
edited by Lenora Foerstel; multiple authors

On Killing:
The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
Dave Grossman

published by: Little, Brown

Examines the consequences of conditioning American soldiers to overcome the instinctive loathing of killing. Shows how it has increased post-combat stress disorder and how contemporary society — especially the media — replicates the U.S. Army’s conditioning techniques, resulting in increased violence in American society.

Available from: Edward R. Hamilton, Bookseller

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