Do you ever get the feeling that no matter what is done in Afghanistan it will not be enough to please all the people involved in the drama of this nation? A crowd of about 2,000 people protested in the streets in Helmand province over alleged desecration of the Koran by NATO forces. The crowd fought with security forces resulting in shots being fired and take your pick as to whether one was killed as claimed by NATO headquarters or six civilians died according to province sources. The assault on the Koran supposedly took place in October during a military operation. Even as protestors shouted their anger, drones were busy killing insurgents, or at least people who NATO and American sources claim are insurgents.
It is quite apparent that drones will increasingly be used and we can increasingly expect crowds to protest since the law of averages makes certain that innocent people will die in drone attacks. This mess will not be dealt with until Afghan troops are the main groups fighting. Only then will such incidents cease to occur. Afghan is lose/lose.