It’s not a new phenomenon: Innocent people, intentionally or not harboring terrorists – are killed in a U.S.-led attack. Continuing with our multi-pronged coverage of the Af-Pak sitiation, this editorial from Algeria’s Le Quotidien d’Oran makes it clear once again that such events remain detrimental to winning hearts and minds in the Muslim world.
“To speak of a ‘blunder’ or ‘collateral damage’ is to decide to think little of Afghan lives and above all use a lexicon that erases the responsibility of the Western military. … Some in the West say: the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan is part of the problem, not the solution. As in all tragedies, this idea will not take hold until after the people have paid in blood.”
By K. Selim
Translated By L. McKenzie Zeiss
May 9, 2009
Algeria – Le Quotidien d’Oran – Home Page (French)
At the very moment that Barack Obama met with presidents Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan to coordinate the war against the Taliban in both of their nations, an American raid described as a “blunder,” resulted in at least a hundred civilian deaths in eastern Afghanistan. The two villages that were bombed have drawn up a list of 147 people killed.
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