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US general: Afghan civilians wounded at bomb site

September 5th, 2009 . by TexasFred

US general: Afghan civilians wounded at bomb site

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) – The top NATO commander confirmed Saturday that civilians were wounded by a devastating airstrike targeting insurgents in northern Afghanistan, a major test of his policy to curb airpower to reduce civilian casualties and win over Afghans to the war against the Taliban.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal waded through a knee-deep river to inspect the charred remains of two fuel tankers destroyed in the Friday attack, which Afghan officials say killed about 70 people. It was unclear how many were Taliban and how many were villagers who rushed to the scene to siphon fuel from the stolen trucks.

McChrystal visited the site about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Kabul as European leaders already nervous about the escalating war demanded answers. Some called the airstrike – requested by the Germans and carried out by U.S. jets – “a tragedy” and “a big mistake” that must be investigated.

The bombing also sent shock waves through Germany ahead of national elections Sept. 27. Opposition politicians called for a thorough investigation, even as the defense minister insisted all the dead were militants.

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US general: Afghan civilians wounded at bomb site

My response to this is quite simple, and it will offend the bleeding heart libbers, the uber-PC Repubs and a lot of other people that remain uncategorized simply because they are too difficult and too confusing to define.

What we are engaged in, within the nations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and a few other yet to be publicized areas is, for lack of a better word, supposed to be called WAR!

WAR: –noun
1. a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation; warfare, as by land, sea, or air.
2. a state or period of armed hostility or active military operations: The two nations were at war with each other.
3. a contest carried on by force of arms, as in a series of battles or campaigns: the War of 1812.
4. active hostility or contention; conflict; contest: a war of words.
5. aggressive business conflict, as through severe price cutting in the same industry or any other means of undermining competitors: a fare war among airlines; a trade war between nations.
6. a struggle: a war for men’s minds; a war against poverty.
7. armed fighting, as a science, profession, activity, or art; methods or principles of waging armed conflict: War is the soldier’s business.
SOURCE:
Dictionary.com

I post that definition simply because I am becoming more convinced, every day, that our leaders have no idea what a WAR really is any more.

Some called the airstrike – requested by the Germans and carried out by U.S. jets – “a tragedy” and “a big mistake” that must be investigated.

Excuse me?? But weren’t these tankers stolen? The article doesn’t say stolen from whom, but it does state that they were stolen. Is it not a fair assumption that they were stolen by the Taliban? Is the Taliban not the enemy in Afghanistan? Why then does an act of WAR need to be investigated? Why are the deaths of our sworn enemies “a tragedy” and “a big mistake”?

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