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U.S. Soldier to Be Charged for Afghan Massacre; Death Toll at 17

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Where should this trial be? Near the victims,. of course.


I don't believe in capital punishment but as this man is charged with a capital crime, it makes no sense that he is not to be tried in Afghanistan--nearer to the victims.--KAS

U.S. soldier Robert Bales is expected to be charged today for the massacre of Afghan civilians earlier this month. Bales will face 17 counts of murder, reflecting the revised death toll figure of 17 civilian dead, up from 16. Bales is being held at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, following his removal from Afghanistan in the days after the shooting. Afghan human rights activist Nader Nadery criticized the U.S. military's decision to try Bales outside of Afghanistan.
Nader Nadery: "It would have been much more better if the trial would have happened here in Afghanistan, or at least a close observation of human rights organizations, both internationally and national human rights organizations, or, in addition, the representative of victims to observe the trial."

KEVIN STODA-has been blessed to have either traveled in or worked in nearly 100 countries on five continents over the past two and a half decades.--He sees himself as a peace educator and have been-- a promoter of good economic and social development--making-him an enemy of my homelands humongous DEFENSE SPENDING and its focus on using weapons to try and solve global (more...)

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