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Collateral Deaths Continue In Afghanistan, WHY?

May 6, 2009

Call me naive, maybe I’ve been brainwashed by Hollywood, and that gazillion dollar Military marketing pitch for more money, but, I we’ve been told America has the technology for “SURGICAL” strikes against THE ENEMY! ap_afghanistan_airstrikes Americans have been sold a bill of rotten goods.

With all those multi-billion dollar toys that congress “RELUCTANTLY” allocates for “STATE OF THE ART” military technology,  why are the results so SLOPPY?  You would think the largest military industrial complex in the world would have more accurate capabilities.  Even I know that insurgents hide among terrified civilians during and after attacks on the coalition.  It would appear that every time the coalition strikes at them and kills civilians in the process, they are successful in achieving their own marketing ploy.  Taliban, etc. can advertise a big “I told you so”, when US Airstrikes take out “civilians”.  Why does America fall for this sucker game, every time?  Why is the word surgical being used when the ‘shotgun approach’ only takes out a whole community?  The US Military must be held accountable for their deceiving the world that they have “surgical strike” capabilities?  TRUTH IN ADVERTISING!  Tell us that Americans have bought the best of the best weapon capability, the be honest about it … we don’t know how to use it.   We repeat the same sloppy mistakes over and over.  What a strategy!  Where are the Black Ops guys when you need them?  Lets outsource the task of separating Taliban from civilians … maybe that would be better, at least for those civilians held hostage and guaranteed a cruel death by the Taliban or a quick blow up by the US.  Is this the only strategy we know?  Why is the American military so stuck with that cowboy mentality “let God sort’em out”? “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein

The airstrikes took place during fighting that broke out after Taliban insurgents publicly executed three civilians.   There were reports that militants took refuge in aleqm5gekjsbd7v86z3ew-yn2mcz0sn4mwcivilian homes during the fighting..

ICRC: US Air Strikes Killed Dozens of Afghan Civilians The International Committee of the Red Cross says U.S.-led coalition warplanes killed dozens of civilians in western Afghanistan earlier this week.

Spokeswoman Jessica Barry said Wednesday that an ICRC team in Farah province at the site of the strikes found the bodies of women and children among those killed.

Barry also said that an aid volunteer for Afghanistan’s Red Crescent organization was killed, along with 13 members of his family.
Afghan villagers mark new burial site of victims who were allegedly killed during the coalition airstrikes in Bala Baluk district of Farah province, Afghanistan, 05 May 2009

US air strikes in Afghanistan ‘kill dozens of women and children’ Afghan officials say up to 120 non-combatants were killed when US warplanes dropped bombs on two villages in Bala Baluk, a Taliban-controlled district in the western province of Farah.  If confirmed, the civilian death toll would be one of the highest since the US-led invasion toppled the hard-line Taliban regime in 2001.

Colonel Julian said the militants opened fire from inside compounds in the villages, killing a number of Afghan soldiers and forcing the US army to call in air strikes on the homes. The air strikes came just a day before the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari were due to meet Barack Obama at a crucial summit in the White House to discuss counter-terrorism policy.

About 2,000 civilians died in insurgency-related violence in Afghanistan last year, according to the United Nations.

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  1. May 7, 2009 6:45 am

    Alex, agreed. Instinctual is right. Perhaps institutional is a better word.

  2. May 6, 2009 8:38 am

    It’s instinctual. It’s the military equivalent of throwing money at a problem: don’t know what the solution is? Doesn’t look like there is a solution? Don’t want to risk soldiers’ lives? Then blow something up!

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