7 July 2007 at 8:32:51 PM
Let's please stop calling killing people, such as women and children, *collateral damage*. No, that makes it FAR too impersonal. These are people who are being killed because the United States chooses to target them from the air.
NATO and U.S. airstrikes have killed scores of Afghan civilians this week, residents and officials said on Saturday, deaths likely to deepen discontent with foreign forces and the Western-backed Afghan government.
NATO-led and U.S. forces said there were heavy clashes in Farah province in western Afghanistan and Kunar province in the east, and that troops in both places had called for air support.
Several residents and the head of a district council in Farah said an air attack in the Bala Boluk area had killed 108 civilians.
"Women and children have been killed and 13 houses destroyed," said Bala Boluk council head Haji Khudairam. "In the bombing, in total, 108 civilians have been killed."
Here's EXACTLY what the problem is.
President Hamid Karzai has repeatedly called for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the separate U.S. force in Afghanistan to coordinate more closely with his troops to curb a spate of civilian deaths from airstrikes.
But Western unwillingness to accept casualties among their own soldiers and a shortage of ground troops means commanders often turn to air power to beat the Taliban, and that almost inevitably leads to civilians deaths, military analysts say.
Maybe the United States needs to quit playing unfair and killing civilians. War is nasty and it's just not right to kill off the populace because you've decided to attack from an aircraft.
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