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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Our War in Afghanistan that we never talk about

Karzai: US apology for Afghan deaths not enough
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has told General David Petraeus, the commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, his apology for a foreign air strike that killed nine children last week was "not enough".

Our war in Afghanistan that we never acknowledge (unless it's to excuse the Prime Minister's lack of a response to purchasing luxury BMW's when a dead soldier is returned to us), wasn't really doing a very good job of winning hearts and minds last week.

Eye-rollingly our good friends the American Air Force thought nine Afghan children collecting firewood was in fact a group of terrorists collecting firewood and they gunned them down with attack helicopters.

You know what I find perplexing about our war in Afghanistan that we are fighting for freedom and democracy to prop up a corrupt regime that rigs elections? If an attack helicopter can target and missile strike children, then why can't the attack helicopter identify them as children and not fire incendiary rounds into them? Doesn't it seem all the weapons research has gone into making the incendiary rounds and not the bit that identifies the thing you fire the incendiary rounds into?

It's amazing isn't it whanau, each bomb the American's drop create 20 new terrorists.


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