Wednesday, December 10, 2003

“Oops” Doesn’t Cut It

According to the NY Times, six children were killed last week in Afghanistan in a raid against Taliban members:

A military spokesman, Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty, said the bodies of the children and two adults were found under a collapsed wall when troops searched the raided compound. The assault took place last Friday but the military only acknowledged that they knew of the deaths today when asked about them at a news briefing. The deaths occurred just hours before an airstrike on Saturday killed nine children and one adult in a village in southeastern Afghanistan.

I know all about the “collateral damage” and the terrible risks of being involved in a war against guerilla forces.

But this just gives me a really sick feeling.

Update: thanks to Faithful Reader lea-p, here’s one look at this situation from the San Francisco Gate via TBogg: