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Did US Staff Sergeant Robert Bales engage in a US military revenge killing?

(Robert Fisk) ‘The Afghan narrative has been curiously lobotomised censored, even by those who have been trying to explain this appalling massacre in Kandahar. They remembered the Koran burnings when American troops in Bagram chucked Korans on a bonfire and the deaths of six Nato soldiers, two of them Americans, which followed. But blow me down if they didn’t forget and this applies to every single report on the latest killings a remarkable and highly significant statement from the US army’s top commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, exactly 22 days ago. Indeed, it was so unusual a statement that I clipped the report of Allen’s words from my morning paper and placed it inside my briefcase for future reference.

Allen told his men that “now is not the time for revenge for the deaths of two US soldiers killed in Thursday’s riots”. They should, he said, “resist whatever urge they might have to strike back” after an Afghan soldier killed the two Americans. “There will be moments like this when you’re searching for the meaning of this loss,” Allen continued. “There will be moments like this, when your emotions are governed by anger and a desire to strike back. Now is not the time for revenge, now is the time to look deep inside your souls, remember your mission, remember your discipline, remember who you are.”‘ … from Robert Fisk commentary: Madness is not the reason for this massacre.

Yes, this Pentagon propaganda effort to blame some sort of PTSD for Staff Sergeant Robert Bale’s war crime is rather disingenuous.

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