Addressing the ‘Toronto Vigil for the Afghan Massacre,” the army-clad veteran challenged the US policy of war and its negative impacts on the lives of the Afghan people.
He pointed to the recent massacre of Afghan civilians by American soldiers in the southern province of Kandahar and noted that “what happened in the last week is nothing different from what we have seen in the past.”
He also said that he was not willing to be a part of the US military anymore.
On March 11, a group of US soldiers went from house to house in Kandahar’s Panjwaii district and gunned down Afghan civilians inside their homes, killing at least 16 people, mostly women and children, and injuring several others.
This is while the United States has charged only one soldier with murder over the killings, despite Kabul’s contention that some 20 American troopers were involved.
The slaughter sparked massive protests across the war-ravaged Afghanistan and further strained relations between Kabul and Washington.
The US-led invasion of Afghanistan was launched in 2001 under the pretext of removing the Taliban from power; however, insecurity has been growing across the country, despite the presence of tens of thousands of US-led forces there.