Saturday, March 17, 2012

Why didn't Afghan villagers defend themselves from supposed lone-nut mass murderer?

In a story by my colleagues Taimoor Shah and Graham Bowley, residents of three villages said the soldier in question had walked more than a mile from his base, pushing on door after door to get into houses. At the first of three houses he entered, villagers said the soldier gathered 11 bodies, including those of four girls younger than 6, and set fire to them.
from Why Not a Massacre Tribunal in Afghanistan?

This raises a question to which I alluded in a previous entry, and that is why the supposed lone nut didn't meet any armed resistance.  If the locals were unarmed, or disarmed, were they set up for such a crime?  Or, were there really many more attackers, as some allege?