The war in Afghanistan has produced unusual issues such as when is one allowed to kill the enemy as well as are all members of an alliance in agreement regarding the “enemy?” American drone planes have been targeting and killing hundreds in Pakistan’s North Waziristan province and it is still not clear if this is OK or not with the Pakistan government. American military officials insist when a drone kills “X” ten”militants” in a raid everyone agrees that “militants” were killed. The Pakistan government is very cautious because all too often the “militants” killed were not militants but civilians who found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. The United States asked permission to extend the range of drone attacks into other areas of Pakistan but this is a nightmare because it opens new opportunities for innocent civilians to be killed.
The problem is twofold: the Pakistan army does not wish to fight in North Waziristan which is a difficult area in which to fight while American military leaders need to wipe out militants who hide in Pakistan and then cross the border to conduct attacks on US and Afghan forces. To bomb or not to bomb will be the ongoing issue for years to come.