Tuesday, July 27, 2010

More hearts and minds

Another day, another 50 dead civilians in Afghanistan, killed by American carelessness. The Afghan government is furious, and rightly so - the Americans and their NATO vassals are meant to be helping Afghans, not killing them randomly.

No doubt the US and NATO will investigate, and no doubt they'll issue the usual whitewash which fails to hold anyone accountable - just as they have in cases of deliberate murder. And so the killings will continue, fuelled by an attitude among soldiers which values their own lives far higher than those of the people they are supposed to be protecting. And the net result will be to turn more people to the Taliban. The US might as well set up a recruiting stand for them right in the middle of Kabul- at least that way fewer people would die.