The above is a chart stolen from the Washington Post of civilian deaths caused by the US in Afghanistan.
It seems that during my hiatus from the outside world during my recent move, the western press has started to pay modest attention to US military massacres of Afghanistan civilians a little bit more. There’s the above chart from the Wa. Post and there’s also an article from MSNBC:
KABUL – U.S. and NATO military officials in Afghanistan have launched investigations into three separate U.S.-led airstrikes that Afghan officials say killed at least 78 civilians this month.
The investigations come during what U.N. and Afghan officials say is one of the deadliest years for civilians since the war began. In the first six months of this year, the number of civilians killed in fighting has increased by nearly 40 percent over the same period last year, according to U.N. data.
When the initial Afghan government report came out showing that our boys massacred a wedding party full of women and kids along with the bride, there was not a peep to be found in any major US media outlets and there was just a small article in the UK daily, The Independant. It’s apparently not very newsworthy in the USA.
Obama has stated his policy of reducing troop levels in Iraq and sending those troops right on over to Afghanistan, but my guess is that the more troops we have over there, the more guns we will have pointing at Afghanistan civilians… especially since we can’t even tell the difference between Taliban fighters and a wedding party full of women and children.
Our military always talks about taking every measure to reduce civilian collateral damage, but what we are doing over there is just plain old wrong. We drop bombs on whole neighborhoods in search of the so-called bad guys. In the first place, this sort of technique would never be tolerated in the USA. Is it ok to drop a bomb on a neighborhood because we heard there was an escaped convict there? And then cry foul because the escaped convict was hiding among civilians? thus making the deaths the fault of the bad guys since we can’t help where the bad guys hide now can we?
In the second place, these so-called bad guys are often normal joes who have been so impacted by the US military presence (had family members killed by the US etc.) that they have taken up arms to protect what they have left.
Let’s get the heck out of there. Iraq and Afghanistan. There’s no difference. We should have stayed out of both places to begin with.
You want another reason to get out of these places? How about this one: We killed a 14 year old boy who was fetching keys for his dad, an Iraqi newspaper editor.
According to the U.S. statement, American troops were trying to recover a disabled vehicle in Kirkuk on Wednesday when multiple shots were fired at them from the taxi. One soldier was wounded, it said.
“The soldiers returned fire, killing a young Iraqi man in the taxi,” the military said, adding that Iraqi police later detained the driver.
Taha insisted his son was not armed and said he didn’t believe the taxi driver was either.
“My son was only 14 years old,” he told The Associated Press. “He is neither a terrorist, nor a gun carrier. He didn’t even know how to use a pistol. The only thing he knew how to use was the computer.”
We do way too much killing over there and we need to get out yesterday so another life is not lost to our protectors of freedom and democracy.