Tuesday, June 8, 2010

There’s Still A War Going On

If we can tear ourselves away for a moment from the oil-soaked birds and beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, or primaries that are pitting one right-wing nut against another, or yet another lead in the story of a vanished white woman, let’s remember that we’re still in a war in Afghanistan and that our involvement has now surpassed the length of time that we were in Vietnam, which seemed to occupy my entire adolescence; long past the time it took to defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, and American soldiers are still dying there.

Insurgents killed 12 NATO soldiers on Monday, 7 of them Americans, military officials said. It was the worst single day for the foreign forces operating in Afghanistan in over seven months.

The deaths came in six separate attacks in the south and east of the country, according to statements from the International Security Assistance Force, as the NATO force in Afghanistan is known.

In addition, a civilian American security guard was killed Monday, along with another guard whose nationality was not immediately clear, in a suicide attack on the police training center in the southern city of Kandahar.

Five of the American soldiers were killed by a homemade bomb, known as an improvised explosive device, or I.E.D., in eastern Afghanistan, a spokesman for the American military, Lt. Col. Joseph T. Breasseale, confirmed. Two other American soldiers were killed by a bomb in southern Afghanistan, he said.

You can now go back to coverage of the Biden’s water slide.