Killer Kids

,    »  -   15 Comments
Assassination Nation

Not a lot of people know that the Philippines actually borrowed the US constitution when they were setting up their current political system, which is great, except for the fact that American politics has become highly contentious and intensely partisan.

But in the Philippines, they're taking this to a whole new level. With more than 1,200 political assassinations in the last decade alone, the Philippines is one of the deadliest places on earth for politicians. So VICE sent Ryan Duffy to follow one of the nation's most gunned-after candidates as he registers for reelection.

It's election season in the Philippines, and for those bold enough to run for office, that means guns, armed convoys, and plenty of violence. Now, the Philippines is already the most dangerous place on earth to run for political office, because in a corrupt system, politicians can amass huge amounts of wealth and power if they hold top government positions. So as a result, they arm themselves to the teeth and build private militias, which, because of political infighting, turn the country's provinces into full-on war zones.

This year, as America begins to wind down the war in Afghanistan, the longest war in US history, we're seeing some very disturbing trends developed there. The Taliban have recently refined their terror tactics in such a way as to be almost unimaginable. VICE went to Kabul to see just what impact these new tactics are having.

The most successful suicide attack of all time was 9/11. In fact, it was powerful that it led to the US invasion of both Iraq and Afghanistan. 11 years ago, the US Army invaded Afghanistan with the sole purpose of getting Al Qaeda and Taliban. Today, the US government is entering into negotiations with the Taliban to see just how much power they will gain when our troops leave. This is a direct result of the Taliban's successful use of terror techniques, suicide attacks, and suicide bombing.

Recently, the Taliban have adopted new strategies to wrap up suicide attacks, in an effort to gain even more leverage in their negotiations. They've discovered that using a new transportation device for their high explosives has proven very effective against the occupation. They're using children.

Watch the full documentary now

134
8.08
12345678910
Ratings: 8.08/10 from 12 users.
  • Bob Trees

    Thanks VICE on yet another well done doc. Sad to see young ones used like this. Granted the US isn't much better with sending 18 yr to war. The story is pretty much the same with them too.

  • megatron_mcdaniels

    This is the world that i think of when my civilian friends or coworkers whine and complain about their problems here in rural Kansas. They just don't understand. I was there and I don't understand. But I sure do appreciate peace and quiet now.

  • John Gros

    It's not new. Child soldiers have been used in Africa for many years, and the jihadists have used children before. They even recruited a mentally handicapped child without the parents knowledge. They have no shame, sending other people to heaven, why don't they go themselves.

  • DigiWongaDude

    You appreciate a certain kind of bliss in peace and quiet, while their ignorance is bliss, but noisy. Would you have them understand what you now understand? I noticed you didn't condemn them for it which is your wisdom, expressed.

  • DigiWongaDude

    Very, very disturbing stuff, with many disturbing images. The one that sticks in my mind is of the taliban leader who, after citing a proverb in answer to the question on his support of suicide bombers, smiles - a wicked, argumentative, self righteous, self gratifying, vindictive smile that seeks to assert 'you think I am ignorant, but that is only because my deeply, wise response is hard for you to understand. If you think it is not hard to understand, then you must at least somewhat agree, if it is hard...who are you to judge me?' ...a sickly, slimy, wet smile...

    But it's not an answer, it's a manoeuvre; a wriggle. The question was, after all, a rhetorical one.

  • wakeywakey

    9/11...suicide attack...???
    Oh please, are peopled honestly still expected to believe that after so much evidence that it was as many have known for years, and inside job
    SHEEPLE WAKE UP, SERIOUSLY

  • henrymart81

    "Politicians are just lazy dogs who want easy money." - Too true.

  • Toy Pupanbai

    The U.S. went to Iraq because Dubya wanted prestige and to grab the oil; also to set up bases to control the region.
    They went to Afghanistan to build the pipeline from the Caspian, to which the Taliban were a bit slow in agreeing.
    Forget the rubbish about OBL and Al Qaida!

  • megatron_mcdaniels

    Nope...Every once an awhile i feel like I should try to explain whats happening over there. But how do you explain suicide kids? Little girls blown to pieces by little boys. I can"t explain it to myself. The screaming mothers. IRL I feel like my Sadness has to be hidden just so I can get on ok with everyone else. Of course had the people I know seen war as not a video game or a movie but the real f'd up deal, they'd prolly not be so gung ho about all this killing. Now the lizard people... I can explain that all day...

  • crashmaster

    Its a real shame. People like you could be a valuable source of information to educate the world on how wrong things are. Sadly, too few of us want to listen.

  • megatron_mcdaniels

    But i couldn't have been told about thees types of things before it was real and happening. I was just as oblivious as anyone you ever met. Now it's all in a diff context. For me it had to be experienced. And Still all i know for sure is the hardcore wrongness that i feel . when I think about the killing and the hurting and the anger. I got to leave most of that over there but the sadness comes later. Knowing from these video about why started and when and by whom, don't start to make sense of it all....but its a Start or it could be for the regular people.

  • a_no_n

    what evidence?

  • Wayne Siemund

    The next time your kid complains about having to go to school, show them this documentary and tell them this is what happens when kids are ignorant.

  • Rohan4

    911 suicide bombing..Ummm I think not. Great doc

  • Roy Rain

    The most successful suicide attack of all time was 9/11.Bollocks