Thursday, November 15, 2007


Back in August, Polish soldiers killed six civilians during a firefight with insurgents in eastern Afghanistan. Now seven Polish soldiers have been charged with war crimes over the incident:

Poland's chief military prosecutor said the troops had not come under attack from insurgents as previously thought.

The prosecutor said they violated international law when they opened fire on the village. Women and children were among the dead.

Rather than an accident or "collatoral damage", it seems this was a premeditated revenge attack on the civilian population in retaliation for an incident earlier in the day. That is not legal, it is not moral, and those involved should be going to jail.