Sunday, July 20, 2008

When smart bombs go dumb

Coalition 'bombs Afghan police'
A foreign airstrike killed nine Afghan policemen in western Afghanistan overnight after a clash in which both sides mistook the other for Taliban militants, Afghan officials said. The incident is certain to reinforce Afghan perceptions that international troops do not take enough care to avoid hurting innocents and comes after a string of mistakes that Afghan officials say killed dozens of civilians.

So last week they bombed and killed civilians, the week before that they did the same thing and last month they accidentally bombed another Afghan wedding party that killed 50. As the West start losing the war and with few troops on the ground they are becoming more dependent on air strikes to win the day and despite what the military PR claims this precision strike capability still can’t determine who a legitimate target is or isn’t and every death only provides more recruits to the Taliban. The West have failed Afghanistan again, we failed them when Churchill demanded the use of aerial poison gas against the Afghans, we failed them when the US backed Islamic fundamentalists against the soviets leaving them armed to the teeth leading to the rise of the Taliban and we have failed them again with this ill thought out invasion. The only thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn anything from history.