General Davis Petraeus today announced that the US is “deeply sorry” for yesterday’s air strike in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan, a strike which killed nine children who were collecting firewood.
“These deaths should never have happened,” Petraeus insisted in the wake of angry condemnation from President Hamid Karzai and public protests on the streets of the Kunar Province, where there was already anger about a NATO offensive which killed 65 other civilians last month.
Reports say that several hundred protesters from nearby villages flocked to the capital of the province, chanting “death to America” and insisting apologies were simply not good enough any more, after nearly 10 years of NATO offensives.
But today’s apology was more than the victims of the previous offensive got, which was allegations by Gen. Petraeus that parents were deliberately burning their children to make NATO look bad and accusations that the locals were distributing “Taliban propaganda.”
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A polite war criminal, looks like American Century phenomenon. Will make a good PR officer in retirement.
On Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, two US soldiers died from an IED attack in Wardak province.
Staff Sgt. Chauncy R. Mays, 25, of Cookville, Texas and Sgt. Christopher J. Stark, 22, of Monet, MD, were reported killed in action by the Dept. pf Defense on Wed., March, 2, 2011.
Spc. Randolph R. Hixon 22, of Los Angeles, CA, died Feb. 28, 2011 in Logar province from an IED attack.
What's your point?
That is sad for their families- but they were adults who made the choice to join the army and become soldiers ,to fight -kill and maybe die in war.
That cannot be compared to the deaths of children – killed by soldiers of that army.
The US has slaughtered thousands of civilians in Afghanistan, yet you're trying to make a case for moral equivalence, as though one attack justifies the other.
With citizens like you, this country has no future. People like you are the source of the problem.
I am trying to report what the main stream media refuses to report, US combat deaths in Afghanistan. Oprah had a guest on her show that had been severely wounded in Afghanistan along with Michelle Obama. It was only the third week of January, 2011 but the guest pointed out that already 17 US soldiers had died in Afghanistan this year. Oprah said, " I did not know that." When the guest pointed out that nearly 500 US soldiers died in Afghanistan in 2010 Oprah said again, "I did not know that." Recently the US military has been trying to sell the idea that great progress is being made in Helmand province. The dozens of dead US soldiers reported killed there in the last several months would lead any sober observer to believe otherwise.
invade a country killing all who look funny to you will not bring a lot of sympathy, what kind of bozo joins up knowing they are supposed to kill kids, moms and dads. So my response is SO WHAT.
Gosh, "we're sorry we are ever so sorry." That is some pretty weak gruel there Davy 'gravy'. Yes it is.
Is there anything like justice exist in USA or for that matter EU.., if is so.., then why this man and people like George W. Bush and Tony Blair are not in court defending themselves.., why US government.., especially Bill – Hillary Clinton or presidents and people like Hennery Kissinger, Madeline Albright or Paul Wolfowitz or Richard Pearl, Paul Bremer and many more are not sorry killing people for decades.
What will change, nothing NATO and us forces will kill civilians and then appology but the children will not come back they dead.
This is a dirty war against civilians since 9/11 in which none was involved except us itself. but the west has lossed all the credibility and so called human values and life. They have double faces.
This is the one that got reported. I suspect the real number of innocent civilians killed each month would weaken the knees of even the staunchest supporter of these two unncessary wars.
"weaken the knees of even the staunchest supporter "
I think not. That will require a conscience, which such people do not have.
Let's hear a shout out from the millions of America's so-called Pro-lifers. Afghan children collecting firewood have as much of a right to life as the "unborn."
The power players who control a trillion dollar/yr military budget are morally depraved. There is no defense for slaughtering civilians and children. Sorry! Contemptible. The US is despised by the majority of the countries who have been on the receiving end of America's imperialism. I have voted in every election, straight Dem for 30 years. As an American citizen and taxpayer, I am sick of voting for these warmongers of both parties. Enough. I will not give my consent by voting to anyone who condones this madness.
Let’s go turkey shooting!!!!!! Yay!!!….Strafe 9 kids looking for firewood. Sounds like the cyber-game the kids were playing when they used an Apache and ground back-up to kill the journos in Baghdad…….. So what. We use big bombs to soften the people, before we go in…..and if they still put up a fight…….what the hell, we drop a-bombs on one Japanese city and just to satisfy ourselves that it wasn’t a fluke, we drop another one, on another city full of women and children, the next day!!!!!!!!!! Yayyyy!!!!!!
The more crap these assholes have pinned to their jackets the more they look like clowns, which is what they are, killer clowns.
Is this the same Petraus that accused the parents of burning their own children in order to blame the US for their deaths or a different one?
What a sick bastard! And to think that it is the people of the ME who are rising and deposing their dictators. Ha!
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