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Furor in Afghanistan Over Civilian Deaths

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Posted on May 2, 2007
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai berated foreign military leaders after local police reported roughly 50 civilian deaths, including women and children, from a U.S.-led operation. He told the top brass his people’s patience was “wearing thin.” The U.S. says it is not aware of any civilian deaths, but a U.N. team investigated and found the report credible.


BBC:

In Kabul, President Hamid Karzai met foreign military commanders to express his displeasure.

“The president told Nato and coalition commanders that the patience of the Afghan people is wearing thin with the continued killing of innocent civilians,” a statement from his office said.

“Civilian deaths and arbitrary decisions to search people’s houses have reached an unacceptable level and Afghans cannot put up with it any longer.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, May 3, 2007 at 11:40 am Link to this comment
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Of course Iraqi or Afghani civilian deaths are not comparable to American deaths.When 32 innocents are slaughtered at Virginia Tech it is a national day of mourning and reflection.Hundreds of thousands killed in Iraq or 50 killed in Afghanistan oh well ho hum that is the price they must pay for our idea of democracy.Until we realize that for every death there is a brother, uncle, wife kids and other relatives who now hate us the war against terroism is lost.These people are not numbers they are just like us and whoever kills their relatives they are not going to embrace that entity.Until we understand that basic reality and change our policies the war on terror is never ending.Remember this you can send wave after wave of our young to fight but unless you can change the hearts and minds of the people you can never win.

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By Tony, May 3, 2007 at 11:01 am Link to this comment
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Karzai, the Mayor of Kabul, must have very thick patience for it to be wearing thin over so many years of these atrocities by the US forces and their surrogates. The killing of civilians by the occupation forces is a weekly(at least) occurrence in Afghanistan. Surely its time someone was charged by the Army, so they can have their pay docked or walk away as they always do.

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By Douglas Chalmers, May 2, 2007 at 10:43 pm Link to this comment

#67848 by QuyTran on 5/02 at 8:06 pm
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Dear Mr. President,

Just be careful and look at the late President Hussein as a golden example for not showing hatred to the invasion forces. They have all power on your nation’s fate. Keep your mouth shut will be a best way to survive and next time never open your door to devils !

Sounds like a “thousand year Reich” - or the historical 1,000 year occupation of Vietnam by China.

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By QuyTran, May 2, 2007 at 9:06 pm Link to this comment

Dear Mr. President,

Just be careful and look at the late President Hussein as a golden example for not showing hatred to the invasion forces. They have all power on your nation’s fate. Keep your mouth shut will be a best way to survive and next time never open your door to devils !

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