KABUL – Villagers dug dirt graves Wednesday to bury what the international Red Cross said were dozens of Afghans — including women and children — killed in American bombing runs. A former Afghan government official said up to 120 people may have died.
If so, it would be the deadliest case of civilian casualties since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. "deeply, deeply" regretted the loss of innocent life, and the U.S. military dispatched a brigadier general to investigate the deaths in two villages in western Afghanistan's Farah province.
The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David McKiernan, voiced doubts about whether it was an American airstrike that caused the tragedy.
McKiernan said U.S. military personnel had come to the aid of Afghan forces who may have been ambushed by Taliban militants on Sunday. He said the Taliban beheaded three civilians, perhaps to lure police.
"We have some other information that leads us to distinctly different conclusions about the cause of the civilian casualties," McKiernan said. He would not elaborate but said the United States was working with the Afghan government to learn the truth.
Let me be clear about my argument. We are at war on this front. Innocent people are going to die as the American forces seek to destroy those who are fighting us that also choose to live among the masses.
But again - THIS BLOG IS NOT ABOUT BARACK OBAMA.
This blog is about YOU. Oh how you have changed.
As I drive to work through one elite neighborhood for every "Obama for President" sign on the law there was a "Peace: War Is Not The Answer" sign.
One thing that the new president has purchase is the SILENCE of these people.
Alas I see that in a debate the other day that while indeed people are being killed in the conduct of these wars while Obama is president........IT WAS GEORGE W. BUSH WHO STARTED IT.
As with "Hate Crimes" legislation we should not look exclusively at the fact that a death has occurred but instead focus on the CONTEXT upon which they occurred. This time we must consider the INTENT of President Obama to END THE WAR (Well at least the Iraq War), not the fact that people have been killed and there is no PEACE.