From everyday Afghans to the Taliban insurgency to the highest elected officials, accusations that the U.S. covered-up the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians have gone mainstream in Afghanistan. Sometime this week, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is expected to be charged for the killings in a trial held in the United States, but a consensus is building in Afghanistan that any such trial would be a sham since the shooter could not have acted alone in the killings that spanned two villages. Making matters worse, U.S. allies in the Afghan government are fanning the flames of conspiracy.
The worst offender is Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who went rogue this weekend saying Americans "are demons" and that the massacre was "not the first incident, it was the 100th, the 200th and 500th incident." Validating conspiracy-mongers, he told reporters "In four rooms people were killed, children and women were killed, and then they were all brought together in one room and then put on fire; that one man cannot do." Afghanistan's ambassador Eklil Hakimi was forced to defend the remarks on CNN last night with an explanation that Karzai was merely reflecting the sentiment of his constituents. "Our president is doing what any legitimate president would do. He's reflecting somehow whatever our people are saying," Hakimi said.