Tapes obtained by CNN of interrogations of a group of U.S. servicemen charged with the unprovoked killings of Afghan civilians describe gruesome scenes of cold-blooded murder carried out under the influence of illegal drugs.
Over this summer, 12 U.S. soldiers were charged for a variety of crimes in what military authorities believe was a conspiracy to murder Afghan civilians and cover it up, along with charges they used hashish, mutilated corpses and kept grisly souvenirs.
Five soldiers face murder charges, while seven others are charged with participating in a coverup. All of the men were members of a 2nd Infantry Division brigade operating near Kandahar in southern Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010.
According to the military documents, Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs and four other soldiers were involved in throwing grenades at civilians and then shooting them in separate incidents.
Authorities allege Gibbs kept finger bones, leg bones and a tooth from Afghan corpses. Another soldier, Spc. Michael Gagnon II, allegedly kept a skull from a corpse, according to charging documents. Several soldiers are charged with taking pictures of the corpses, and one -- Spc. Corey Moore -- with stabbing a corpse.
Drug production in Afghanistan has had a 40-fold increase since the U.S. led invasion of the country in 2001. But why the U.S. refusing to stop this dangerous and evil industry in occupied Afghanistan? Maybe like in the 80's, the Russophobes in the U.S. government don't mind fostering the terrorist networks in their strong desire to hurt neighboring Russia by killing tens of thousands of young Russians with a new covert action of narcotics flow. Estimates of how much money the former U.S. administrations channeled to the Afghan rebels during Soviet war with Islamic extremists vary, but most sources put the figure between $5 billion and $6 billion or more. If this is true, it is a repeated crime based on madness. The Russian intervention in December 1979 that meant to save the secular Afghan government and to prevent the neighboring country from turning into a terrorist state was the signal for U.S. Russophobes to considerably increase support to the Afghan Mujahedeen. Results are well known. After almost winning war against radicals, Soviet army withdrew and now American solders are dying fighting former allies of U.S. Russophobes. "It has been repeatedly demonstrated that the drug business provides the financial basis for terrorism and is one of its main factors for its upsurge"- said Viktor Ivanov, the head of Russia's Federal Service for the Control of Narcotics. IT WAS OSAMA BIN LADEN, IVANOV REMINDED, WHO IN THE MIDDLE 1990's CREATED HEROIN SUPPLY CHAINS TO RUSSIA'S CHECHNYA IN ORDER TO FUND CHECHEN TERRORISTS. "The task of eradicating Afghan opium production is an unrivaled priority for Russia", said Ivanov. "More than 90 percent of drug addicts in our country are consumers of opiates from Afghanistan. Up to 30,000 people die of heroin-related illnesses annually". Last year, Ivanov took his message to Washington D.C., where he gave a speech to the Nixon Center. There he stressed that Russia is not the only country that is threatened by the scourge of Afghan opium production. Ivanov then quoted the political analyst and author, David Kilcullen, the author of the book, "The Accidental Guerrilla." If the U.S. is already bombing Taliban positions", he quotes Kilcullen as saying, "why wont U.S. army sprays their fields with a harmless herbicide and cut off terrorists money?" 7,700 tons of opium were produced in Afghanistan last year, officials say, which accounts for 93 percent of total global opium production. Needless to say, opium is Afghanistan's cash crop. Will the United States eventually give in to Russian requests for an active defoliation program? Russia is the main victim of Afghan heroin, Ivanov said. However, it is helping the United States and NATO by making concessions. Russia allowed the transit of not only non-lethal, but also military Afghanistan-bound cargoes across Russian territory. This must be viewed as considerable support to the Coalitions activities in Afghanistan. Given this grim political landscape that presents a massive threat to both U.S. and Russia, some form of mutually advantageous cooperation should be achievable. After all, both countries share more or less the same nightmares over Afghanistan wars. Whatever the U.S. government's current rhetoric about the repressive nature of the Taliban regime, its long history of intervention in the region and beyond (including recent support for brutal Georgian aggression against civilians in South Ossetia and Russian peacekeepers) has been motivated not by concern for democracy or human rights, but by the Russophobia, the narrow economic and political interests of the U.S. ruling class. It has been prepared to aid and support the most retrograde elements and evil actions if it thought a temporary advantage would be the result.
Recent sanctions against Iran are an attempt by the US to return the country to its sphere of influence, claims veteran journalist John Pilger. "Iran was a pillar of the American empire in the Middle East. That was swept away in 1979 by the Islamic revolution, and it has been American foreign policy to get that back," he said. "It has absolutely nothing to do with so-called nuclear weapons. The nuclear power in the Middle East is the fourth biggest military power in the world and that is Israel. It has something like 500 or more nuclear warheads. It is never discussed." Pilger added that Barack Obama has failed to change the trajectory of US foreign policy and following George W. Bush's line. "For the first time in US presidential history -- it has not happened before -- a president has taken the entire defense department bureaucracy, and the Secretary of State for Defense, from a previous discredited administration. We have basically Robert Gates and the same generals running American foreign policy with a lot of help from people of like mind."