In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the US bombed three villages (of mostly poor farmers) in Afghanistan to pieces. The Independent reports 147 civilians have been killed in those air strikes.
One old white bearded man was crying over several bodies he had recovered – he had lost 30 family members in the bombings.
Robert Fisk says we have become the same as Israel.
And of course, the reason is quite simple. We live, they die. We don’t risk our brave lads on the ground – not for civilians. Not for anything. Fire phosphorus shells into Fallujah. Fire tank shells into Najaf. We know we kill the innocent. Israel does exactly the same. It said the same after its allies massacred 1,700 at the refugee camps of Sabra and Chatila in 1982 and in the deaths of more than a thousand civilians in Lebanon in 2006 and after the death of more than a thousand Palestinians in Gaza this year.
Read his complete article and thoughts on the botched bombing:
This is what causes terrorism. This is what causes suicide bombing – there is a whole scientific research conducted on the subject done by Dr. Robert Papes in his book “Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism”.
One of his conclusions is that the fact is that every suicide terrorist campaign has had a clear goal that is secular and political: to compel a modern democracy to withdraw military forces from the territory that the terrorists view as their homeland.
Bush’s war on Terror is now Obama’s. As mentioned many times by countless people – Afghanistan is called “The Graveyard of Empires” for a reason. No one has ever won there – all great Empires in the past have gone to die there. Now it is America’s turn.