Taliban Murders CIA Agents: Revenge for Shooting Handcuffed Children?

David Swanson writes on After Downing Street:

The occupied government of Afghanistan and the United Nations have both concluded that U.S.-led troops recently dragged eight sleeping children out of their beds, handcuffed some of them, and shot them all dead. While this apparently constitutes an everyday act of kindness, far less intriguing than the vicious singeing of his pubic hairs by Captain Underpants, it is at least a variation on the ordinary American technique of murdering men, women, and children by the dozens with unmanned drones.

Also this week in Afghanistan, eight CIA assassins (see if you can find a more appropriate name for them) were murdered by a suicide bombing that one of them apparently executed against the other seven. The Taliban in Pakistan claims credit and describes the mass-murder as revenge for the CIA’s drone killings. And we thought unmanned drones were War Perfected because none of the right people would have to risk their lives. Oops. Perhaps Detroit-bound passengers risked theirs unwittingly.

The CIA has declared its intention to seek revenge for the suicide strike. Who knows what the assassination of sleeping students was revenge for. Perhaps the next lunatic to try blowing up something in the United States will be seeking revenge for whatever Obama does to avenge the victims (television viewers?) of the Crotch Crusader. Certainly there will be numerous more acts of violence driven by longings for revenge against the drone pilots and the shooters of students.

In a civilized world, the alternative to vengeance is justice. Often we can even set aside feelings of revenge as long as we are able to act so as to deter more crime. But at the same time that the puppet president of Afghanistan is demanding the arrest of the troops who shot the handcuffed children, the puppet government of Iraq is facing up to the refusal of the United States to seriously prosecute the Blackwater assassins of innocent Iraqis. Justice will not be permitted as an alternative to vengeance — the mere idea is anti-American.

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  • Michael

    Perhaps revenge is the only alternative this person had. I would repeat his attack if my family were murdered by a cia drone. People get revenge for the government wronging them in many ways. They may have nothing else to live for and everything to gain. Even know they may not get the intended target the lines are clearly drawned. Take out as many people as you can on there payroll. It is a sick way to look at it. I really empathize with these people because I was re-conditioned in hospital setting to expect my parents death at the hands of law enforcement. My father was almost assasinated for me turning in rogue computer hackers at a texas fusion center to a cybercrime website. I only hope these people do not act on killing my family. They are in the businesses of starting wars. I got into businesses way over my head. It will take all my strength to hold myself back if this happens. Pain turmoil vengeance helplessness. Its not a good combination.

  • Michael

    Perhaps revenge is the only alternative this person had. I would repeat his attack if my family were murdered by a cia drone. People get revenge for the government wronging them in many ways. They may have nothing else to live for and everything to gain. Even know they may not get the intended target the lines are clearly drawned. Take out as many people as you can on there payroll. It is a sick way to look at it. I really empathize with these people because I was re-conditioned in hospital setting to expect my parents death at the hands of law enforcement. My father was almost assasinated for me turning in rogue computer hackers at a texas fusion center to a cybercrime website. I only hope these people do not act on killing my family. They are in the businesses of starting wars. I got into businesses way over my head. It will take all my strength to hold myself back if this happens. Pain turmoil vengeance helplessness. Its not a good combination.