The United States Military STILL Doesn’t Get It – DON’T KILL CIVILIANS!June 19, 2009 at 7:10 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment
When Afghan parliament member Obaidullah Helali went to visit his constituents in the village of Garani last month, they confronted him with clubs and stones.
It was three days after a U.S. airstrike killed dozens of civilians in the remote settlement in the western province of Farah. Enraged villagers threatened to beat Helali and other officials and asked why the Afghan government couldn’t protect them — not from the Taliban, but from the U.S. military.
“If the Americans don’t stop these kind of accidents, the people will never believe the government will keep them safe,” Helali said.
But experiences such as the fateful May 4 airstrike show that halting civilian deaths will not be easy. Fighter pilots and air controllers at the main U.S. air base here, near Kabul, the Afghan capital, say that even the most comprehensive safeguards can fail under the stress and confusion of combat against an enemy that they say often uses civilians as human shields.
The mounting death toll of Afghan civilians from U.S. airstrikes has unleashed a tide of resentment and fury that threatens to undermine the American counterinsurgency effort. From President Obama to the new U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, American officials have made the reduction of civilian deaths a top priority as they revamp their strategy.
This isn’t that hard guys. Look, is it worth the killing of civilians to kill a couple of bad guys? Does it really change the whole course of the war if those couple of bad guys are NOT killed at that moment in time? Or does it change the whole course of the war if civilians are killed at that moment in time? Which one is more likely?
Let me spell it out clearly. IT IS MORE LIKELY THAT KILLING CIVILIANS changes the course of the war than if you succeed and kill those couple of bad guys. Let them live. Let them get away. It is not worth the risk of killing civilians. Not if you want to win the overall war. It really isn’t that hard. But America is under such a stupid mentality that they MUST kill all bad guys as soon as they are visible, or even if they are shooting at you. YOU DON’T HAVE TO KILL THEM. Let them live. If you happened to succeed in killing them, but you also kill a bunch of close by civilians, YOU LOST.
Guess who wins in that scenario. THE BAD GUYS.