The details are sparse, but reports are one US service member walked out of his base yesterday and opened fire on a row of Afghan houses, killing at least 16 people inside including young children:
(NYT) — Villagers in Belandi in the Panjway district of Kandahar, where the shooting took place, said the service member had attacked three houses, killing at least 16 in total. Five other villagers were wounded, they said. After the killings, villagers collected the bodies, and drove them to a nearby American military base to protest. Burn marks could be seen on some of the bodies, and the villagers said that five of the dead were young girls, age 6 or younger.
This is exactly the cycle of violence bin Laden hoped to create when he planned the 9-11 attacks ten-years ago. Bin Laden now sleeps with the fishes and Al Qaeda has been decimated. It’s time to get out of Afghanistan, there’s simply no reason to maintain such a large, nation-building presence in this place any more.