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Pentagon blows up thousands of homes in Afghanistan

Repeating the horrors of the Vietnam War

By Brian Becker | ANSWER Coalition | November 18, 2010

Father and child in Afghanistan near soldierBorrowing a page from its infamous “pacification” effort in South Vietnam, where peasant villages were napalmed and burned to the ground to “save them from the communists,” the Obama-ordered surge in Afghanistan has been secretly blowing up thousands of homes and leveling portions of the Afghan countryside.

As tens of thousands of U.S. troops have surged into southern Afghanistan, villagers have fled. Then the Petraeus-led occupation forces have determined which homes will be destroyed.

“In Arghandab District, for instance, every one of the 40 homes in the village of Khosrow was flattened by a salvo of 25 missiles, according to the district governor, Shah Muhammed Ahmadi, who estimated that 120 to 130 houses had been demolished in his district,” reported the New York Times, Nov. 16, 2010.

The Pentagon asserts that they must destroy the homes because some of them may have explosive devices inside.

The Pentagon’s murderous rampage and terror campaign 40 years ago against South Vietnamese villages, in areas that were considered sympathetic to the resistance forces, used much of the same kind of explanation. In fact, the New York Times in a throw back to Vietnam quotes the Arghandab District Governor, who is working with the occupation forces:

“We had to destroy them to make them safe.”

That this tactic is part of a high-tech terror campaign against Afghan villages and the people who inhabit them is evident even by the descriptions and accounts of western media outlets that are supporting the war.

Again, from the New York Times, Nov. 16, 2010, which describes weapons as tools:

“American troops are using an impressive array of tools not only to demolish homes, but also to eliminate tree lines where insurgents could hide, blow up outbuildings, flatten agricultural walls, and carve new “military roads,” because existing ones are so heavily mined, according to journalists embedded in the area recently.

“One of the most fearsome tools is the Miclic, the M58 Mine-Clearing Line Charge, a chain of explosives tied to a rocket, which upon impact destroys everything in a swath 30 feet wide and 325 feet long. The Himars missile system, a pod of 13-foot rockets carrying 200-pound warheads, has also been used frequently for demolition work.

“Often, new military roads go right through farms and compounds, cutting a route that will keep soldiers safe from roadside bombs. In Zhare District alone, the 101st Airborne’s Second Brigade has lost 30 soldiers since last June, mostly to such bombs.”

Activists at the organization Afghanistan Rights Monitor described the destroyed homes. “These are all mud houses, quite humble houses.”

When Gen. David Petraeus describes his counter-insurgency strategy, he always puts in a few diplomatic words about the need of surging troops to win the “hearts and minds” of the people in Afghanistan’s poverty stricken villages. That is purely for public consumption—a message echoed endlessly by the complicit corporate-owned media and the politicians of both parties that serves as a mask for the Pentagon’s campaign of systematic terror employed to subdue an occupied people.

On Dec. 16, 2010, anti-war veterans and people of conscience will stand up in a dramatic action in opposition to the terror campaign waged from the White House and Pentagon. Join us in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 16 and be part of history.

November 19, 2010 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation, Militarism, War Crimes


  1. Only cowards blow up mud houses of a defensless nation.
    G*d is all seeing and the punishments for the evildoers are coming.

    Comment by B.Benhamid | November 19, 2010

    • I agree B.Ben….. and all of us who HATE this evil, are WAITING!

      Comment by JOYCE | November 21, 2010

  2. Reports like this need to be cautious and sober, with facts, photos and other evidence.
    Such sideswipes as: “the complicit corporate-owned media and the politicians of both parties that serves as a mask for the Pentagon’s campaign of systematic terror employed to subdue an occupied people” are totally unnecessary.
    We already know the press is corporate-owned (since when has any newspaper NOT been owned by a corporation?), the politicians are bought, and the Pentagon employs systematic terror.
    My own reaction to a good article
    ending up with something like this is ‘Oh God! Not another leftie nutcase!’
    The nonsense destroys its own good cause.

    Comment by richard01 | November 20, 2010

    • The major media are owned by only 6 corporations. The CEO’s of all 6 are not only Jewish, but hold dual US-Israeli citizenship.

      Comment by Rupert Murdoch | November 21, 2010

  3. I sent this on to w/this note. I am 67, now live in Victoria, BC, and was NOT a draft-dodger. I reported but wasn’t taken due to a heart defect. This is the note:

    “I listened to a US Army officer interviewed last night on the CBC National News at 6 pm, an unreal dejá vu experience. He sounded EXACTLY the same, as if reading from a script, as the US military I heard & saw on US TV in the VietNam era, explaining the ‘pacification’ of entire villages to dust and mud….

    Good going, USSA! Way to make new friends and influence people!!

    “And the War drags on….” old Donovan song from the Sixties. J

    Comment by Joseph E Fasciani | November 21, 2010

  4. American’s should be asking themselves how ling it will be before the Federal government start launching missiles at Americans. Don’t think they wouldn’t do it?

    Comment by Brian | November 21, 2010

    • Your right Brian!
      Couple of words

      Randy Weaver’s wife

      Comment by roninfreedom | November 21, 2010

      • Yes, and 911, The USS Liberty, Murrah Bldg, Marine barracks in Lebanon, TWA 800 etc etc etc.

        Comment by EyesWideOpen | November 21, 2010

  5. We are the bad guys. Have been for centuries. The consequence of our country’s behavior will come to roost, sadly, much sooner then we want.

    Ask yourself then…”Why didn’t I do something about it? I knew about it, but sat on my ass.

    Comment by Frank Costa | November 21, 2010

  6. They should just use the neutron bomb and be done with it.

    Comment by Joe Buck | November 21, 2010

    • Oh they will Joe, they will use the neutron bomb, on every city and town in the USSA, it is mentality like yours that will make this a reality…..when was the last time the USSA actually won a war anyway?? I see a country that exports terror worldwide, even with it’s latest devices of death and destruction they cant even get on top of stone age nations like Iraq & Afghanistan against an enemy using AK’s and a few roadside bombs LOL!!…should Russia & China choose to they will annhialate the USSA in a a matter of days whether by finacial or military means, the USSA is toast just waiting for someone to butter it.

      Payback can be a real bitch, I think the Chinese launch of an ICBM off the coast of LA last week is probably one of the only warnings the US will get before the the whole thing goes hot….

      Comment by EyesWideOpen | November 21, 2010

  7. No Fascist regime that terrorizes the oppressed people of the world has any right to exist.

    No right to exist. Any means necessary are justified. No right to exist.

    Comment by Patrick Henry | November 21, 2010

    • I agree, Patrick, something needs to change, and it needs to change now ! Count me in on the overthrow ! It is all way beyond where it should be. I mean what in the Hell are we doing over there anyway, besides being “The Terrosists. ” I am not feeling any threats to my life from the “insurgents”. My life is being terrorized by my own goverment. Start the revolution, where do I sign up ? !

      Comment by T. Mason | November 21, 2010

  8. p.s. I am sending out my apology out to Afghanistan. We don’t want our goverment doing this. We don’t know how to stop them. We are sorry, and we hope the best for anyone whoes lives have been destroyed , by this occupation of your country. I wish there was something I could do to make it stop………. : (

    Comment by T. Mason | November 21, 2010

  9. destroy it all and let the contractors rebuild it all in our own image. afghanistan will become a state of usa/canada/nato as it will truly become an international arena. its time to look at the bigger picture. welcome to the new world order. let the taliban know peace in our times. oneday they’ll get to manage it all. the wings of freedom have stretched far and wide and this general’s finally hit the nail with the hammer. keep up the good work! scorch earth the entire country and rebuild it like japan. god bless the usa and its nato allies! get everyone of those fundamentalist nutjobs! the end is near! nobody said development was easy! keep it up! this aint no savin private ryan! wipe out everything then rebuild it later with the proper compensation along with some assurances that each and every afghanistani citizen is a potential taxpayer and that makes them a cut above the rest!

    Comment by steven katona | November 21, 2010

    • Yeah what a great idea, I believe that Russia & China are planning the same sort of thing for the US as well, wont you be so grateful to have them smash ans rebuild your dying nation?

      After all, with the national debt @ 14 TRILLION and rising, you cannot ever hope to even pay the interest on that sort of debt, even if you pay 90% tax for every man woman & child for the nex 50yrs, so you should be grateful that Russia and China have a plan to save the USA from the whackjob Christian fundies and greedy Jooz that are wrecking it from within? Yeah “American Freedom” Commie style…ENJOY!!

      Comment by EyesWideOpen | November 21, 2010

  10. What is happening in Afghanistan will one day travel back to America. This army may turn on it’s own citizens.

    Comment by FallenTree | November 21, 2010

  11. Brothers and sisters in arms, return to the US and purge our soil of traitors in Congress and the White House. They are ALL taking in $ Millions in bribes from the military industrial complex every year to continue perpetual war.

    As long as these traitors have their boots up our asses, the US is doomed.

    Comment by Colonel Ted Westhusing | November 21, 2010

  12. Yesterday was the turning point. The UK has had enough and the USA will soon understand the real meaning of a resistance movement.

    Comment by Patton | November 21, 2010

  13. EyesWideOpen don’t believe the hype. You’re probably some Euro-pussy coward bitch who wold be speaking German right now if it wasn’t for the USA saving your worthless asses.

    Comment by Draco | November 21, 2010

    • What a fuckwit you are Draco, Im an Aussie you knob and the truth is that if not for the Aussies you would be the ones speaking German or Japanese…..
      The other inconvenient truth is that you clowns are held hostage by a pissant state of 15m wannabe chosenites who have studiously turned you into their little bitches, what a pathetic joke the US has become :o )))))))

      Comment by EyesWideOpen | November 22, 2010

      • As an American annoyed by the shiftlessness of those who surround me, I thank you for telling it EXACTLY like it is.

        Comment by Tom Lowe | November 22, 2010

  14. Really-Well what do you think about the possibility of Israel having been responsible for the murder of JFK? And are you willing to accept whatever Israel says about that world-changing event? If not then are you willing to accept that what TSA and the government are saying about their new invasive procedures are “required” to protect a flying public while so many other aspects of the transportation industry remain untouched: buses, trains and the shipping ports of the entire nation?

    There ought to be a ‘Fire in the Blood’ within far more Americans than we have so far witnessed: So “what’s in your veins” is it real blood or ice-water when it comes to what these people at these checkpoints continue to do to our children, to pregnant women to the sick and elderly as well as to everyone else that tries to fly?

    These programs were designed by Israel to intimidate Americans into giving up all of what remains of our rights in order to turn this place into a prison without walls, in all but name. And every single one of you that actually agrees to let this happen to you, whether it’s at a checkpoint or in a boarding line at the airport, are in collusion with the same people that murdered the 35th president of the United States: The 47th anniversary of JFK’s murder just happens to be TOMORROW ­ how will you memorialize that infamous black-day!

    Comment by EyesWideOpen | November 22, 2010

  15. Rethink Afghanistan (Pt4 – Civilian Casualties)

    Comment by EyesWideOpen | November 22, 2010

  16. Comment by EyesWideOpen | November 22, 2010

    • Thankyou for posting these videos. They are really hard for me to watch. I didn’t make it thru the second one. I am sitting at my computer, in my warm American home, drinking organic coffee, and crying my eyes out. My duaghter wants to know what is wrong with me. So I show her the videos, she is 13, home sick today, she is upset. But she needs to know. Donations are not enough. These are a very beautiful people….. I am sooo very sad. I have a huge knot in my stomach. High and mighty creator , please stop all of this. Please help the human race evolve past all of this……..

      Comment by T. Mason | November 22, 2010

  17. Pakpissatan chinapissatan afghanipissatan endglandpissatan are evilised danglosexopisslamochinko slimy filthy terrorneast cuntries that were bred in united-kondomes endglands

    Comment by evil putron breeders | November 22, 2010

  18. Each time a demolition explosive lands, small animals with hearts and feelings are mercilessly and horrible killed. These beings have souls that are as equally important to God as a human soul. The war criminals have no idea what sort of retribution the universe has in store for them. The war criminals shall scream in futile agony as they die, just as they have done to hundreds of millions of small animals along with all of the people and large animals they have killed. HELL beyond human comprehension is coming for war criminals the world over. MY WILL SHALL BE DONE!

    Comment by Tom Lowe | November 22, 2010

  19. Bring your American murderers by the thousands. Bring them all.

    Not one of you will leave Afghanistan alive

    Comment by Azadi | November 23, 2010

  20. i think that when God is ready to catch them no one will obstruct him. we do hear about the wars in Nigeria. how the Muslims there are treated badly an killed on there own land

    Comment by Ibrahim | November 23, 2010

  21. Do not read this ebook:

    Comment by Lee Oswald | November 23, 2010

  22. Do not read this book:

    Comment by Lee Oswald | November 23, 2010

  23. Do NOT read this ebook either:

    Comment by Lee Oswald | November 24, 2010

  24. Securing the oil, and mineral extraction routes are imperative for the survival of the US economic structure and economy. Centralizing the populations of the Afghan people works well in controlling these nomadic people whether they like it or not. To the victor go the spoils. History repeats itself. Well done America. Keep up the process.

    Comment by Razorthin | November 25, 2010

    • Nice try Razorthin but the notion that the US has occupied Afghanistan for the past 9 years to “secure” non-existent pipeline is utter nonsense. There are no “spoils” being gotten as the state of the US economy plainly attests.

      Comment by aletho | November 27, 2010

  25. “Securing the oil, and mineral extraction routes are imperative for the survival of the Soviet economic structure and economy. Centralizing the populations of the Afghan people works well in controlling these nomadic people whether they like it or not. To the victor go the spoils”

    Leonid Breshnev, 1982

    Comment by Colonel Ted Westhusing | November 26, 2010


    Comment by David Ferrie | November 26, 2010

  27. Overthrow the puppets of fascism.

    You Americans are doomed to slavery – in you minds, in your bodies, and in your spirit.

    Comment by David Ferrie | November 26, 2010


    Comment by Jack Ruby | November 26, 2010

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