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Massacre in Balandi and Alokzai by a lone US Army staff sergeant


News is still filtering out today about a US Army Staff Sergeant who allegedly yesterday (Sunday) left his barracks in southern Afghanistan before dawn and walked to the rural villages of Balandi and Alokzai in Afghan's southern Panjwai district and went on a shooting rampage, murdering sixteen unarmed civilians in their homes. Reportedly mostly women and children are among the dead. The number of wounded is still not known.

Of course after having recently contributed an article associated with the Hoddle Street Massacre of 1987, such a tragic incident is on my mind.
As the incident is too fresh to know the truth, the causes, the details, no fair assessment can yet be made. That will be the task of the investigation as promised by US President Barack Obama.
Some questions though....

Questions to Michael Linke, RSPCA re the Majura Massacre of Kangaroos

It's time for some answers from the RSPCA regarding the 4,000 kangaroos that were killed by Defence at Majura Firing Range in the last few weeks. How humane was the 'cull' and were they really 'starving'? Too many questions are left answered - did Defence have an accurate count of the total number of kangaroos living at Majura to begin with? More red flags were raised when ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope tried to reverse the Injunction that forced them to stop killing - it's beginning to look suspiciously like another Belconnen cover-up .....

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