Perhaps American troops in the violence-wracked Afghanistan love to be part of controversies and remain in the headlines. In the latest controversy, a video released by Liveleak.com shows a United States helicopter crew firing on a group of Afghan men and singing, “Bye-bye Miss American Pie.” A subtitle in the video says it was filmed in Wardak Province of Afghanistan in September 2009. The footage was taken from cockpit of an AH64 Apache helicopter.
The video clearly shows that the helicopter crew wanted to target a group of Afghan civilians along the road side and after a brief chase hit them with a deadly missile. Some of the men were killed on the spot, while a few of them managed to run for shelter. The helicopter crew continued following the survivors for a while before going their way. They were singing on deaths of civilians and appeared jubilant.
It is unfortunate that American troops took pleasure from a tragedy.
However, this is not the first time that NATO and US forces fighting Taliban and other militants in Afghanistan have been caught committing war crimes. There is a long list of events that have brought embarrassment to the United States and its allies. Even Presidenthad to offer apology over a couple of incidents.
American troops need to understand that killing of innocent people only breeds violence and hatred against their country, which has spent billions of dollars already to try to improve its image in the eyes of the people of Afghanistan.
A large number of Afghanis appear fed up with the US-led coalition forces for their crimes. If go into a little detail, we can’t quite blame Afghanis for that.
In the second week of January, a video showing US Marines urinating on corpses was released to the media.
On February 20, some US soldiers burnt copies of the holy Quran at one of their bases and sparked countrywide protests against NATO soldiers.
On March 11, a US troop went on a shooting spree and killed 16 civilians including women and children.
In April this year, some pictures showing US troops posing with dead bodies of some Afghani nationals were released. Those photographs eroded the trust of both the countries on each other and mutual trust deficit has led to a number of other scandals.