Pentagon has recognized the killing of 10 Afghan civilians as legal because the killers "truly believed" that they are targeting terrorists
The inspector general for the US Air Force Lieutenant General Sami Said disclosed a report on the August 29 airstrike in Afghanistan that killed 7 children, three adults and no terrorists.
According to the report, this massacre was not ruled out illegal because the American soldiers who followed the order “truly believed at the time that they were targeting an imminent threat to US forces”.
This is an excellent excuse for mass murder. Literally, if a suicide bomber “truly believe,” that he is killing a threat to his people or country, is his actions justified?
“The investigation found no violation of law, including the Law of War. Execution errors combined with confirmation bias and communication breakdowns led to regrettable civilian casualties,” Said said in a report.
“It was an honest mistake,” Said added to reporters at the Pentagon. “But it’s not criminal conduct, random conduct, negligence.”
“They all had a genuine belief based on the information, they had interpretations that was a threat to US forces,” Said emphasized, according to the Post. “An imminent threat to US forces. That’s a mistake. It’s a regrettable mistake. It’s an honest mistake. I understand the consequences, but it’s not criminal conduct, random conduct, [or] negligence.”