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Karzai’s Reaction to the ‘Kill Team’ Photos

31st March 2011

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Karzai’s angry reaction is understandable. The deliberate killing of innocent civilians is a despicable act and a setback to winning the battle of hearts and minds. Such incidents fuel anti-American sentiments, serve Taliban and al-Qaeda propaganda, and make General Petraeus’ population-centric counterinsurgency efforts more difficult. Karzai is also right to pressure the coalition forces to do more to avoid civilian casualties in anti-Taliban air strikes. But the irony is that Karzai’s criticism of civilian casualties is only directed at the U.S. and allied forces, not against the Taliban.

According to the U.N, the Taliban were responsible for 75 percent of civilian deaths last year. Deaths caused by the Afghan government and foreign forces were 16 percent, down by 26 percent from 2009. But the public perception in Afghanistan is that U.S. troops are responsible for most of civilians killed. This is because President Karzai regularly lashes out at the United States, but refuses to blame the Taliban for civilian casualties. Government officials even do not use the term Taliban, and instead use vague terms such as “enemies of Afghanistan” and most recently “disgruntled brothers.” Indeed, in the same speech on Wednesday, Karzai thanked Taliban leader Mullah Omar, who has reportedly said that his forces are not involved in burning schools and attacking public places.

Perhaps the Let’s Spread Democracy Everywhere people will eventually realize that expecting gratitude from a Muslim is like expecting mercy from a snake. We should be destroying their ability to annoy us, and letting them do what they choose to with what’s left.

One Response to “Karzai’s Reaction to the ‘Kill Team’ Photos”

  1. RealRick Says:

    Lets start a list of wars that were successfully executed the way we are doing in Afghanistan:

    Since I can’t think of any, it won’t surprise me if this list stays blank. Washington is notorious for believing that history doesn’t matter; that they can define a new strategy that never existed before and it will be wildly successful. Most people learn from their mistakes. The Crust is not made up of “most people”, by definition.

    Just to add to that, showing your ‘soft’ side by persecuting your own troops will never cause your enemy or your friends to like you. Didn’t work in Vietnam, didn’t work in Iraq, won’t work in Afghanistan, and won’t work in Libya or any other sewer you decide to wade into.

    “War is all hell.” Learn it, live it.