12 kids & 2 women killed by NATO strike in Afghanistan

Discussion in 'Current Affairs' started by tomm90, May 30, 2011.

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  1. How many on this forum think the sooner Cameron takes our forces out of Afganistan and the better. If this happened in the US or any other western european country the top General responsible would be charged in a European court.

    Now all this Major General Toolan can say is "I am sorry" big deal.

    Sky News:
    "Twelve children and two women have been killed in a Nato airstrike in Afghanistan, according to local officials."

    Sydney Morning Herald:
    "Major General John Toolan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander for the southwest region of Afghanistan, issued an official apology early Monday on behalf of the top coalition commanders."
  2. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Problem is that when ground forces are in hot pursuit of insurgents, they invariably take refuge in compounds occupied by civilians.

    Not sure what the answer is, but the Taliban act with impunity, killing from a position of relative safety in such circumstances, taking the moral high ground in instances such as this.

    Few would disagree with the case for withdrawing our troops, but the biggest number of civilian casualties are inflicted by the direct actions of the Taliban - doubtless this would become a humanitarian issue if the troops withdrew too soon.
  3. When the Rooskies invaded the Stan way back, all we ever heard were reports that the "Rugged fearless hillmen in Afghanistan were a force to be reckoned with and ruthlessly unstoppable."
    They saw off the British at the height of Empire we are told and almost walk on water.
    Where are these demi gods now? They can't all be Taliban, and even on a 50/50 split, the Afghan military should be able to hold their own surely?
    If we armed them up to the teeth and resupplied them regularly, why can't we now pull the plug on our troops involvement. It would be cheaper to just give em shit loads and then cut and run. Wouldn't it?
    Or is the truth that we will never be able to trust the "Good Guys" so will be locked into their affairs for many years to come?
  4. Nail and head Steve.
  5. I would imagine it's impossible to eliminate these things happening. There must be discrepencies in intelligence gathering, people moving around, or , as mentioned here, civilians being used as shields. The price of life does, wrongly, differ according to geography. Let's face it, people in Afghanistan are fucked all round until the whole internal structure reorganises, develops and decides to embrace some form of social order. They either kill themselves or outside forces are involved....question is to why....geological resources or simply where it's located on the map as a passage route, opium trade and oil ?
    A shit-sandwich all round.
  6. Tomm90 - what a shit reason to end the conflict. "We've accidentally dropped a bomb on civvies - better end the conflict immediately".

    It was an error, it shouldn't have happened, but these things will happen x% of the time no matter how careful you are. What else can we do but say sorry?
  7. Angrydoc, methinks Tommo opened this thread for a general discussion, don't take it to heart ;)
  8. The strike was called in on that position, I would hardly call that an error.

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