May 29, 2011
Business as Usual

CNN World, May 29, 2011:

An investigation was underway Sunday into allegations that a coalition airstrike in southern Afghanistan killed a dozen children and two women, Afghan and NATO officials said…

“We do know about the allegations,” Navy Lt. Cmdr. Ronald Flesvig, an ISAF spokesman, told CNN. There was no mention of possible civilian casualties on ISAF’s daily operational update posted daily on its website…

Residents, according to Ahamadi, said an ISAF helicopter conducted the airstrike, which hit two houses where women and children were staying.

New York Times, September 7, 2002:

The United States Central Command acknowledged tonight that scores of civilians were killed or injured in an American airstrike on a string of Afghan villages in July, but blamed Taliban fighters for placing women and children near valid miitary targets…

“The ground location of the source of the fire was identified and fires were directed to that area,” the summary said. “Just as the weapon itself is not seen, it is also not possible to determine if the fires from the AC-130 gunship have damaged or destroyed the weapon. Consequently, personnel at the weapon’s location were the primary targets. Unfortunately, it is also not possible to distinguish men from women or adults from children.”



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 29, 2011 10:39 AM
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Business as usual indeed! Ten years now, i think. What's the goal again? Depose the Taliban and create a democratic state?

Of course, it will have to be one that does as it's told. And the police and courts can never arrest or prosecute the ones calling the shots. And the local media may only publish approved stories. And the ordinary citizens must fall into line and so as they are told.

In many ways, the similarities to the US are striking. :(

Posted by: John Anthony Curran on May 31, 2011 1:56 AM
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