Jeff Faux – Collateral Damage in Afghanistan: America’s Soul

On the night of October 3, 2015 an American attack helicopter bombed and strafed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. At least 22 medical staff and patients, including three children, were killed. Twenty-four are still missing. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights suggested it might be a war crime.

On October 15, almost a year and a half after he announced the war’s end, President Obama again extended American military operations in Afghanistan. Now our soldiers are to remain at least into 2017.

Over 26,000 Afghan citizens have been killed as a result of our invasion, adding to the growing number of the world’s people who hate Americans. The killing will continue.

The US Army initially claimed that the assault in Kuduz was an accident. Then, that it was done in order to protect American soldiers. Then, in order to protect Afghan government soldiers. Then, that the US forces may not have sufficiently followed the Army’s “rules of engagement,” although so far it has declined to tell us exactly what those rules are. The President and the US commander in Afghanistan apologized and promised an investigation that “will hold those responsible accountable.”

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