The group — a medical aid team of six Americans, a Briton, a German and four Afghans — had just finished eating when they were accosted by gunmen ... The gunmen marched the aid workers into the forest, stood 10 of them in a straight line, 7 men and 3 women, and shot them.
The Taliban admitted doing it, and claims that they were spies and Christian missionaries. This aid group has been helping the poor in Afghanistan since the 1960s, and plans to continue their efforts despite the massacre.
Amazingly enough, there's little or no outrage to be found on the left from the self-appointed arbiters of right and wrong in the wake of this killing by the Taliban. Instead of filling the entire top half of Memeorandum with their ranting, the story is pretty minor, with only a couple of left-wing blogs even bothering to comment. One of those deplores the killings, but thinks the story is getting too much coverage. The writer even spins a conspiracy theory about how the "western media" is "developing a narrative for staying in Afghanistan," supposedly in conjunction with CIA manipulation. Seriously. And of course he draws false analogies -- a left-wing staple -- with other killings of aid workers that we are apparently supposed to worry about more. Worrying about this one might help the war effort -- and we can't have that.
If this were an accidental killing of aid workers by the U.S. or Israel, or a justified killing of combatants posing as aid workers by the same, the left would be in full fury, hurling condemnations and accusations all over the place. When aid workers from a known, long-serving humanitarian organization unaffiliated with politics or government are murdered by a U.S. enemy, all you can hear is silence.