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    Re: Afghan delegation confirms killing 65 civilians killed by NATO during operation

    Quote Originally Posted by Kane View Post
    the Afghan war was planned before 9-11
    We've anticipated and practiced lots military operations. The vast majority have never been executed.

    It's called planning. It's going on right now at a US military base near you.
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    Re: Afghan delegation confirms killing 65 civilians killed by NATO during operation

    Quote Originally Posted by Degreez View Post
    Yes, if you honestly believe that is the only possible way NATO forces have of making sure there are no civilians present.

    I'm curious why half you apologists can only give hyperbole instead of well reasoning alternatives. It's like critical thinking is mentally impossible.
    What do you do when jihadis take children with them to fight?
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    Re: Afghan delegation confirms killing 65 civilians killed by NATO during operation

    Quote Originally Posted by Degreez View Post
    However, reports of mass civilian loss like this contradict the sentiment that we are doing our best to avoid civilian casualties. Do you think wanton destruction of civilian (people who have no participation in hostilities) property is something that should be disregarded? You don't win a war by killing the people who aren't participating in it. That's terrorism and that's not how we fight our wars.
    The US and NATO forces take great pains to avoid civilian casualties and there is no "wanton destruction of civilian property".

    jihadis hide behind women and children and then blame their deaths on US or NATO forces.

    They did the same thing in Iraq. It didn't work for them there and it won't work for them in Afghanistan despite the best efforts of al-Jazeera and other 'media' sources.
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    Re: Afghan delegation confirms killing 65 civilians killed by NATO during operation

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Right!...LOL!

    That's your tactical perspective on the issue?
    The history is fairly clear. We have not been anywhere near as successful in this type of conflict as we have with more traditional wars. Ignoring this is something done at our peril.

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    Re: Afghan delegation confirms killing 65 civilians killed by NATO during operation

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    How come they haven't hit the market and taken off?
    Like most things, new means expensive. The government could help, as they do on occassion, by buying a fleet of alternative vehicles. But regardless, there isn't much will as of yet.

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    Re: Afghan delegation confirms killing 65 civilians killed by NATO during operation

    Quote Originally Posted by Kane View Post
    So where are all these terrorists we're supposed to be fighting?

    All I ever see or read about is how the Afghan and Pakistan people are outraged over civillian casualties.

    Is this a real enemy, or is this about gas pipelines?

    I think the war on terror is bunk.

    Afghan delegation confirms killing 65 civilians killed by NATO during operation
    08:26, February 28, 2011

    Source: Xinhua

    "The fact finding delegation of Afghan government has confirmed that NATO-led troops during operations against militants in the eastern Kunar province had killed 65 civilians including women and children, a statement released by Presidential Palace on Sunday said."

    'Headed by Shahzada Masoud the advisor to president the delegation presented its report at the meeting of National Security Council with President Hamid Karzai on the chair held in Presidential Palace."

    Afghan delegation confirms killing 65 civilians killed by NATO during operation
    Do you believe everything you read?

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    Re: Afghan delegation confirms killing 65 civilians killed by NATO during operation

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    During combat operations, civilians will die. When the enemy is consistantly using civilians as human shields, even more civilians are going to die. At some point, the civilians have to use some common sense and say, "if these clowns weren't hiding in my village, my village wouldn't get snake-n-naped". If they're unable to realize that reality, then their future holds more civilian deaths during operations against the enemy.
    You can believe that not every one of these people were "civilians".

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    Re: Afghan delegation confirms killing 65 civilians killed by NATO during operation

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    1. Al Qaeda didn't. Al Qaeda in Iraq was made up overwhelmingly of Iraqis who took the name. But if you type fly paper strategy, you will see some actually arguing that the Iraqi people should be the bait for bringing Al Qeada into their country. That's not exactly what happened, as I said, there was little of those connected to any group prior to taking up arms in Iraq. These were mostly Iraqis, and those coming into the country were mostly new recruits.

    2. You can't start a war between people not already willing to fight each other. Anyone looking at the history ahd to know this was going to be a problem. The divisions are artificial and deep seeded.

    3. I can't argue what you think any more than I can argue what I think. But I can argue that it wasn't a good idea, and here's why: a. It cost too much in terms of lives and money both, and for little to no real gain. b. At the end of the day, it favors Iran. At best, it allows for more friendly relations between the two nations. At worse, Iraq eventually alines with Iran. c. It ebenfitted our enemy by helping with recruitment, adding to their status (being important enough to have such a powerful nation openly decalre war agains thems), and hurt our reputation everywhere.
    1.) I’m well aware that AQI recruited heavily within Iraq and had some success. The fact remains that thousands of foreign jihadis flooded into Iraq before and after OIF. They were responsible for the major attacks aimed at mosques and large groups of innocent people.

    Foreign militants constitute about 10% of al-Qaeda's strength in Iraq, but Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, a U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, said they make up about 90% of the suicide bombers.
    Foreign fighters leaving Iraq, military says - USATODAY.com

    A man identified as the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq said on an audiotape Thursday that more than 4,000 foreign fighters have died battling the U.S.-led coalition and Iraqi troops.Terror tape says 4,000 foreign fighters killed in Iraq - CNN

    2.) They did try to start a war between the Sunni and Shia and failed. Nobody that I remember predicted AQI would import thousands of foreign jihadis into Iraq and set about trying to start a war between the Sunni and Shia.

    3.) Simply put, I understand your reasoning on why Iraq was a bad idea and I disagree.



    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    No, that's conservative myth.
    No, it isn’t.

    The NIE's conclusions are, however, supported by a source that cannot be ignored: al Qaeda's two principal leaders. Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri have repeatedly called Iraq the "front line" in their war against Western civilization.

    The most important and serious issue today for the whole world is this Third World War, which the Crusader-Zionist coalition began against the Islamic nation. It is raging in the land of the two rivers. The world's millstone and pillar is in Baghdad, the capital of the caliphate.
    Iraq Is the Central Front | The Weekly Standard

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    And no, I still maintain it does not matter who is doing the killing because we brought the war. With us invading, those 100,000 would not have been killed. At the end of the day we cannot pretend that isn't true. So while soliders did a great job, and may well have made inroads with some, the act itself, of which or leaders hold responsibility, cannot be divorced from the consequences.
    I respectfully disagree. It does matter who is killing innocent civilians and why.

    The vast majority of the 100,000(?) killed in Iraq have been killed by jihadis. That matters.

    If you think the US and Coalition forces are responsible then so be it. I completely disagree.

    BTW, sorry it took so long to get back to you. Your well written post needed more than a few moments for a response.
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    Re: Afghan delegation confirms killing 65 civilians killed by NATO during operation

    Quote Originally Posted by jambalaya View Post
    Do you believe everything you read?
    The last time we "hit" a wedding party even the bride had a beard and an AK.
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    Re: Afghan delegation confirms killing 65 civilians killed by NATO during operation

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    1.) I’m well aware that AQI recruited heavily within Iraq and had some success. The fact remains that thousands of foreign jihadis flooded into Iraq before and after OIF. They were responsible for the major attacks aimed at mosques and large groups of innocent people.

    Foreign militants constitute about 10% of al-Qaeda's strength in Iraq, but Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, a U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, said they make up about 90% of the suicide bombers.
    Foreign fighters leaving Iraq, military says - USATODAY.com

    A man identified as the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq said on an audiotape Thursday that more than 4,000 foreign fighters have died battling the U.S.-led coalition and Iraqi troops.Terror tape says 4,000 foreign fighters killed in Iraq - CNN

    2.) They did try to start a war between the Sunni and Shia and failed. Nobody that I remember predicted AQI would import thousands of foreign jihadis into Iraq and set about trying to start a war between the Sunni and Shia.

    3.) Simply put, I understand your reasoning on why Iraq was a bad idea and I disagree.
    Again, they didn't have to recruit. Iraqis took their name. 10% does not make up a heavy investment. Seriously. It doesn't. And again, those who came were people who did not belong to any terrorist group before.



    No, it isn’t.

    The NIE's conclusions are, however, supported by a source that cannot be ignored: al Qaeda's two principal leaders. Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri have repeatedly called Iraq the "front line" in their war against Western civilization.

    The most important and serious issue today for the whole world is this Third World War, which the Crusader-Zionist coalition began against the Islamic nation. It is raging in the land of the two rivers. The world's millstone and pillar is in Baghdad, the capital of the caliphate.
    Iraq Is the Central Front | The Weekly Standard

    Few publications got more things wrong than the Weekly Standard. But source aside, you believe everything the enemy says? This would be a flaw in your thinking IMHO. We can't judge by what is said, but would do better to measure what was done. They did not invest heavily in Iraq, as they won the second we went in. Going in gave them everything they did not have before, a recruitment tool, prestige, and a way to watch us spend lives and money, thus hurting us. They needed nothing more than that.

    I respectfully disagree. It does matter who is killing innocent civilians and why.

    The vast majority of the 100,000(?) killed in Iraq have been killed by jihadis. That matters.

    If you think the US and Coalition forces are responsible then so be it. I completely disagree.

    BTW, sorry it took so long to get back to you. Your well written post needed more than a few moments for a response.
    Iraqis were largely killed by Iraqis, us merely the referee. But, there would have been no civil war plus without or invasion. You can't remove our responsibility for those lives.

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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