Saturday, February 21, 2009

Winning hearts & minds

This is becoming a common story:
US finds 13 civilians died in Afghanistan strike
By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press
21 Feb 2009
KABUL – An operation the American military at first described as a "precision strike" instead killed 13 Afghan civilians and only three militants, the U.S. said Saturday, three days after sending a general to the site to investigate.
The U.S. military originally said 15 militants were killed Tuesday in a coalition operation in the Gozara district of Herat province, but Afghan officials said six women and two children were among the dead, casting doubt on the U.S. claim.
Killing bad guys - even 15 at a time - ain't gonna win the "war". When we miss the bad guys and kill civilians instead... well, it's not quite clear how this contributes to restoring the "rule of law".

President Obama continues W's drone Predator strikes in Pakistan - going after bad guys.

When will someone point out to him that IT'S BEEN SEVEN YEARS and "KILLING BAD GUYS" is NOT WORKING!

It's trite, I know, but still apt:
Popular definition of insanity:
Doing the same thing over & over and expecting different results!
We've got a new "special envoy" for Pakistan & Afghanistan - Richard Holbrooke. I don't know the guy, but he came highly recommended.
When might he start suggesting that "killing bad guys" ISN'T WORKING?

Stop the madness!

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