The war against terrorism has claimed its first Canadian casualties. The first Canadian casualties of war in half a century. Killed by americans.|
I've often said that americans have more guns than brain cells. That they shoot first and think later... if at all. Turns out that I'm right, unfortunately.
The Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, serving in Afghanistan, went to a designated training area, advised the local americans that they were going to be performing training exercises, and were in turn advised that the americans were aware of their plans. Training began, and an american F-16 fighter appeared and dropped a 225 kilogram bomb on the soldiers.
225 kilograms. That's 496 pounds. The bomb killed four Canadian soldiers, and blasted the others full of shrapnel. Eight injured, two in intensive care. One lost a leg and an eye, another got a leg full of shrapnel.
There's supposed to be an inquiry. The americans will block it at every turn. There will be no publicity.. you can already see the damage control at work on the american side. They say they'll co-operate. Sure. Just look at their history. They spend most of their time trying to sweep things under the carpet to try to stop themselves from looking so incredibly stupid.
We are in Afghanistan as a show of our commitment to this 'war against terrorism' that the americans are so bent on. We're there to support them because of the violence they've brought against themselves in the form of terrorism through their own acts of irresponsibility and stupid, pointless shows of force designed to make them look big and tough. Even in spite of this, and despite the fact that this was a tragedy that has shocked all of Canada, and despite the fact that a lot of Canadian families have been devastated by this, american president bush made only a vague, passing reference to the tragedy in one of his four public appearances yesterday. CNN didn't report it at all. There's a big surprise. "Ongoing coverage of the war in Afghanistan... except when we do something really, really stupid." america can't admit that they've screwed up. They can't admit that they've killed their own freaking allies by mistake. They can't even fucking acknowledge the irreparable damage that they've done because they're too busy leading the fight against terrorism(tm), too busy posing and rattling sabres, acting vigorously patriotic, and being the home of the brave or whatever ridiculous name they call themselves to give a damn about anyone outside their own nasty little worldview. They've fired on their allies, on UN transports, on their own forces, and even on their own red cross. And these people have nuclear weapons.
The story is here.
This is a comment that I found on Canada.com. It says it all:
Well I would like to start out by saying that I am a Canadian citizen living in San Francisco Ca. I have lived here for about 8 years. In the time that I have lived here I have recieved lots of criticism for being Canadian. Sure, a lot of it is just in fun and games, but I am starting to take it to heart. Ever since I moved here I have heard Canada referred to as America Junior, America wanna be....etc. Now that this terrible tragedy has occurred in Afganistan, I have actually heard people laugh and say Canadians are a bunch of redneck country bumpkins that should have not been there in the first place. They forget that it was an AMERICAN bomb that was dropped on our fellow Canadians. Now who is the redneck country bumpkin? How stupid could you be to drop a laser guided weapon on a training facility? Even the president of this country is an idiot. He has made no official condolence to the Canadian people. He just says oh well it was a accident. What does he take us for?
god bless america. god help the rest of us.
And that's just this war.
- Oct. 16 and Oct. 26, 2001: U.S. forces bomb Red Cross buildings in Kabul.
- Nov. 11, 2001: A UN convoy was damaged by U.S. air strikes.
- Nov. 26, 2001: An F-18 dropped a bomb during the prison riot at Mazar-e-Sharif, injuring five U.S. soldiers.
- Nov. 28, 2001: U.S. helicopters attacked a ground force of navy troops. No one was injured.
- Dec. 5, 2001: A B-52 dropped a bomb on U.S. and Afghan forces near Kandahar, killing three Americans and at least seven Afghans
- March 2, 2002: An AC-130 taking part in Operation Anaconda may have mistakenly attacked a convoy of U.S. and Afghan forces, killing one U.S. soldier.
- March 6, 2002: Coalition forces attacked a suspected al-Qaeda leadership target near Shikin, Afghanistan. Fourteen were killed.
- April 18, 2002: Four Canadians killed when a U.S. jet mistakenly dropped a bomb.