Here’s a story I just read in the Toronto Star. To summarize:
On the highway to
The Americans stopped traffic but didn’t bother explaining why. An ambulance carrying the victim of a motorcycle accident was caught in the jam, unable to pass. While the Americans threatened anyone who approached with machine guns, the victim was lying there dying.
The journalist who wrote the piece couldn’t watch this happen, so she approached the convoy. She was afraid she’d be shot, as this happens often to people who approach military convoys. One soldier at his turret aimed his machine gun at her, and another one came over to scream at her.
Finally, the soldiers allowed the ambulance to pass.
When an ambulance passes by on the street with sirens on and lights flashing, which happens often here in
Our soldiers are supposedly in
Here is what the journalist was told by her Afghani driver at the scene of the incident:
"This is why Afghans have come to hate Americans," said my driver, who works as an interpreter for ISAF and is a strong advocate of the NATO mission in
is not our country any more. They are our bosses. They treat us sometimes as if we are trespassing on our own land." Afghanistan
Is this freedom? Is this liberty? Is this democracy?
No, this is empire.