How Spontaneous was Kabul 'Riot'?
Major John is among the astute observers noting interesting bits found within media reports that bring the 'spontaneity' of the riots into question.
One interesting note - the "protestors" seem to have a beef with the former King, of all people, as well as President Karzai.
But there is plenty to do in Kabul, and I've already dug around a little bit about the violence in the city yesterday after a US vehicle killed 1 to 3 Afghans during a traffic accident. The consensus among the folks I spoke to is the protests after the accident were staged by groups waiting for such an event to happen. I made the comparison to the reaction by some Islamist groups in Afghanistan (and elsewhere) after the Muhammad Cartoon riots, where the "spontaneous protests" were anything but. there was agreement on this point. I will likely post about this tonight or tomorrow.
Has any of the media spoken to these people before filing their reports? If it is indeed a consensus, its absence from the reportage is curious, to say the least.
Consider that Afghanistan's parliament now wants the U.S. troops prosecuted for the auto accident that is attributed to brake failure. If this is an orchestrated 'riot', it is having the desired effect.
This aspect must have both media and military investigative priority.
These men cannot be allowed to be prosecuted under an even bigger spectacle than the recent trial of the Afghani Christian convert. It was an accident.
The riot that ensued, however, was not. 20 dead, 160 wounded.
Who, precisely, is in trouble with the Afghan lawmakers?