"How Many Future Terrorists Did We Create Yesterday?"
It appears that we stopped bombing weddings, funerals and schools in Afghanistan long enough to kill some farmers.
The US forces in Afghanistan have admitted that a drone attack that killed at least 30 pine nut farmers in Nangarhar province on Thursday was conducted by them.
At least 40 others were injured in the attack in Wazir Tangi area of Khogyani district that was previously attributed to the West-backed Afghan government.
So what suspicious and hostile thing were these farmers doing that caused this perfectly reasonable, and not at all a war crime, drone strike?
Malik Rahat Gul, a tribal elder in Wazir Tangi, said the air raid happened at a time when tired workers, mainly daily wage earners, had gathered near their tent after harvesting pine nuts in a field nearby.
"The workers had lit a bonfire and were sitting together when a drone targeted them," said Gul.
Earlier this month, four brothers were killed in a raid by the CIA-trained and funded 02 Unit of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) spy agency.
Well, that's totally understandable. Sitting around a fire at the end of a day can, something something, reasons.
I've got nothing. I can't even give a sarcastic response to this.
Esquire magazine, of all places, has the perfect response for this.
A bunch of guys spend the day gathering pine nuts which, I suspect, is a pretty terrible job, all things considered. All they want is to sit around a bonfire at the end of the day and, I don't know, shoot the shit about who's dating whom, and how much they hate gathering pine nuts, and maybe pass around a jug of illicit green-raisin moonshine, if nobody's looking. And, in a second, they're gone. They have families. One day, their three-year-old son finds out how his father died and he picks up a gun. And 'round and 'round we go.
What the hell is the point?
What's the point? The point is to bomb shit forever and ever.
“I’ve said we have to accept the fact — I think we do — that we’re going to be there for a very long time,” he said. “Is it forever? I don’t think anything’s for forever. But does that mean that we will lose more young men and women? Does that mean we’re going to spend another billions of dollars? I think it does.”
“And people have asked me before, ‘Well, we can’t be the policemen of the world.' The hell we can’t,” he said. “I think this is what American leadership is about. You have to recognize that our interests are no longer just in the borders of the United States.”