Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Afghanistan reports surge in civilian deaths

It never, not once, occurs to the average chemically-lobotomized automaton that we are perpetuating an endless conflict by visiting mass death onto the people of Afghanistan (and Pakistan). No, these are not patriots fighting a foreign occupier. No, they are not avenging the deaths of their friends, loved ones, and countrymen. No, they're just ravenous, bloodthirsty barbarians, and if we weren't slaughtering them there, they'd be raping and eating your children here.
    Bombings are mainly to blame for the deaths of 173 civilians in the last month, a 33% jump over the same period in 2009. The news is considered worrisome in light of an upcoming U.S. offensive. 
    Los Angeles Times -
    Civilian deaths in the last month jumped by one-third over the same period a year ago, the Afghan government said Sunday. The surge in noncombatant fatalities is considered particularly worrisome in advance of a major Western military offensive in Kandahar province this spring and summer. Typically, intensified fighting between insurgents and foreign forces brings a corresponding increase in civilian casualties. Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said 173 civilians were killed between March 21 and April 21 of this year, the most recent period for which figures were available. That represented a 33% increase from the same dates in 2009, ministry spokesman Zemari Bashary said during a news conference in Kabul, the capital.
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