Taking Texas And The Nation Back

We Don’t Want To Think About This

Posted by bosskitty on May 8, 2007

Thanks to: David Cloud of the New York Times for describing important events that must be addressed by all candidates. I have paraphrased and quoted some issues in his article, so I can comment.

“We made official apologies on the part of the U.S. government” and paid $2,000 for each death.But in this case, Colonel Nicholson went further than usual in acknowledging that the civilians were “innocent Afghans.”“This is a terrible, terrible mistake, and my nation grieves with you for your loss and suffering. We humbly and respectfully ask for your forgiveness,” he said in his statement to the families. Offering payments to relatives of victims is considered by the American military as vital in allaying anger among civilians in both Afghanistan and Iraq, where the military regularly makes payments when it kills noncombatants.

I am so glad the US Military has procedures in place to assure the families of collateral victims are paid off. We are generous to a fault, $2,000 should fix everything. Maybe a sympathy card would smooth things over, too.

Anger among Afghans at American tactics has seemed to only intensify since the March 4 incident. After a separate incident in western Afghanistan earlier this month, President Hamid Karzai warned at a news conference that continuing civilian casualties would not be tolerated.
Afghan officials assert that in the May incident, dozens of civilians were killed after a joint American and Afghan Army patrol was ambushed near the town of Shindand and called in air strikes. About 40 civilians, including women and children, were killed and 50 more were wounded in the attacks, officials from the province of Herat have told reporters.

So, tell me, how would Americans react if Bin Laden said, “I am so sorry for this terrible mistake on 9/11, here is a check for $2,000.00, please, find it in you heart to forgive us.” (Oh, don’t forget the card).

Army Maj. Gen. Francis H. Kearney III, the commander of Special Operations troops in the Middle East and Central Asia, ordered the unit out of Afghanistan after concluding the killings had damaged the unit’s ability to be effective.

Could it be that our soldiers are in such a PTSD (PostTraumatic Stress Disorder) state, that instant revenge for death and casualties among their comrades is common. If you have one or ten bad guys, it’s so much easier to call air strike on the whole village.

Overkill by frustrated soldiers seems to be the norm. Our soldiers are either pumped up with adrenaline and just want to kill somebody, or, they become depressed zombies making fatal mistakes. Being targets of convenience by a frustrated populace who are being squeezed three ways. Mental injuries are deciding these wars.

Iraqis and Afghanistanis have to become chameleons. They have to behave one way so the Americans don’t mistake them for combatants, then another when the Shi’a Militia checks their neighborhood out, and change again when the Sunni gangs sweep through looking for revenge killings. I cannot even guess what they go through when the immigrant warriors pass through trying to recruit.

The Iraqis and Afghanis are indeed ‘Chicken Little’ and their sky has fallen.


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