Heavy fighting progresses in Afghanistan as US and NATO troops along with some Afghan fight their way through the streets of Marja in Helmand province. Ajmal Smadi, of Afghan Rights Monitor, is concerned that while soldiers and insurgents fight hard for each piece of the town, thousands of innocent civilians are trapped in their homes and lack food or water in many cases. “People who are ill cannot get to hospitals, and others can not bring them medicines. They cannot get food, or even go outside to look after their farms.” The aim of operation Mushtrarak(Together) is driving the Taliban from the area. Some human rights activists are concerned at the lack of planing to ensure civilians would have a place of safety as the battle progressed.
Several years ago, an American president stood on the deck of an aircraft carrier and smilingly announced, “Mission Accomplished.” Are we witnessing a re-enactment of that wonderful sight of ignorance?