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Which Figures Are Right About Afghan Air Strike

The body count war has now begun in Afghanistan in which the US military disputes exactly how many were killed in an operation. During the Vietnam War, each day there would be a body count as to how many Vietcong were killed and if reports indicated American forces made mistakes the invariable response would be the Viet Cong did the killing and now were blaming Americans. Perhaps, it is true the Taliban killed people in the village and then blamed their deaths on American air strikes. Perhaps, it is true the villagers did not know that Taliban grenades were killing them rather than bombs from the air. There are many, “perhaps” in the air, but the bottom line is that over a hundred villagers are dead.

The reality is there are insufficient ground forces operating in Afghanistan to deal with a guerrilla war. The reality is one does not win a guerrilla war relying on air strikes. Isn’t it time the American people faced up to the reality there are not enough members of the armed forces to carry out operations in Asia? The choice is clear — either more soldiers are recruited or there is a dramatic reduction in the scope of operations in the Middle East and Asia.

How To Deal With Neo-Nazis?

The month of February in Germany has become a cause for renewed conflict between neo-Nazis groups and anti-Nazis groups as each attempts to outdo the other in bringing out crowds to remember the Allied bombing of Dresden on February 14-15 in 1945. Anti Nazis groups have fallen into the trap of the numbers game which compels them to claim “victory” or “defeat” based on the number of people who flock to the streets of Dresden. Neo-Nazis seek to claim the bombing is evidence that Allied forces were “just as brutal” as the Nazis since at least 25,000 people died in the bombing raid. Actually, at this point in time, the German education system does an outstanding job in educating children about World War II and the Holocaust so Germans do not have to excuse themselves for failing to recognize what happened in the war.

German planes initiated the bombing of cities by wiping out Warsaw and Amsterdam in 1939-1940 and then proceeded for months to bomb English cities which led to hundreds of thousands of deaths. Once anger is unleashed there is no stopping the murderous rage which can result and nations seek to inflict on the enemy what was done to their civilians. Is this justified? I don’t know. It is understandable. War stinks. However, to compare a bombing raid, as devastating as it was, with the Holocaust is insulting to the memory of those who died in death camps. British and American commanders wanted to inflict death, destruction and damage on Germany, but there was no plan to systematically kill every single German.

Neo Nazis And Dresden Bombing

Over sixty years ago as World War II was drawing to a close in Europe, British and American bombers hit the city of Dresden in an attack that was devastating. A combination of faulty communications and fires led to the death of at least 25,000 civilians. Neo Nazis groups in Dresden marched to commemorate the bombing in protests that included references to the “bombing Holocaust.” War is hell. Millions of innocent people died in Europe, the vast majority at the hands of Nazis that neo-Nazis adore and worship. It is fascinating that neo-Nazis march to show their anger at the Dresden bombing which killed 25,000 but refuse to acknowledge the death of 6,000,000 Jews and millions of other people.

One can argue about the bombing of Dresden and whether it was necessary or justifiable, but to do so one must place the bombing in an historical context. The German neo-Nazis completely ignore the thousands of British civilians who died as a result of German bombing or the first major city bombings of Warsaw and Amsterdam by German planes. Too often, Germans bemoan the Allied bombing and ignore what lead up to such air attacks.

Afghanistan Demands End To Civilian Harassment

President Karzai is demanding an end to the bombing if his nation’s population by US and coalition forces in an effort to restore confidence in his government. He told the people of Afghanistan he had sent request to his allies regarding troop behavior in his nation. “Part of that list was they they shouldn’t on their own, enter the houses of our people and bombard our villages and detain our people.” The president has repeatedly urged his allies to avoid actions which backfire by persuading ordinary citizens to look more favorably on Taliban forces. His comments came on the same day, UN chief in Afghanistan, Kai Eide, called for Coalition forces to rethink their strategy of entering homes and bombing.

The behavior of Coalition and US forces in Afghanistan simply reflects an inability to learn from mistakes in Vietnam and Iraq the importance of winning over ordinary civilians if an insurgency is to be defeated. The use of military force in itself will not end the Taliban.

Bali Bombers Claim Persecution By Australia

The Bali bombers who killed dozens of people in a violent display of hatred are claiming they are being denied their rights by the Indonesian government. They charge an Australian led conspiracy which is forcing the Indonesian government to execute the killers. An Indonesian judge made clear an appeal by the bombers would not delay their executions, meaning it could happen today. Islamist websites are promoting the Australian conspiracy theory while lawyers for the condemned are organizing demonstrations and making petitions for clemency.

The Bali bombers deliberately and with malice killed innocent people who had nothing to do with anti-terrorism or anti-Muslim feelings. The men now sit in isolation fasting and praying. They will die because the Indonesian government made the decision, and it has nothing to do with the West.