Friday, March 04, 2011

Hearts and minds

Another day, another massacre of innocents by the Americans in Afghanistan:

Nine boys collecting firewood to heat their homes in the eastern Afghanistan mountains were killed by NATO helicopter gunners who mistook them for insurgents, according to a statement on Wednesday by NATO, which apologized for the mistake.

The boys, who were 9 to 15 years old, were attacked on Tuesday in what amounted to one of the war’s worst cases of mistaken killings by foreign-led forces. The victims included two sets of brothers. A 10th boy survived.

And as a result, their entire village is now crying "death to America" - a perfect example of how such massacres drive Taliban support and recruitment. Perhaps if the Americans looked before shooting, that wouldn't happen.