posted on Sep, 16 2012 @ 02:52 PM
reply to post by GLaDOS
Don't get me wrong - I do not support the Taliban. They're blood thirsty animals, too.
That's good to hear.
Far too many people only seem to have selective moral indignation.
But them killing civilians doesn't excuse the fact when NATO kills civilians..
I think you may be surprised but I think most people agree with you - even those who support ISAF's role in Afghanistan.
I know it's a cliche but two wrongs do not make a right.
When the Taliban kills people, the news is hyped up.
I'm sorry but I really don't see that here in the UK.
When a UK soldier dies, like one did on Friday by an IED and two more were yesterday by yet another rogue Afghan policeman, we see a few lines in the
newspaper and maybe a minute on the national news then it's forgotten - the UK media will give more attention to this than any UK soldier being
killed - and that boils my blood - they seem to bend themselves over backwards so as not to upset extremists sensitivities.
But when it is NATO, it is mentioned once or twice then is forgotten.
Whilst it is NATO led the force in Afghanistan is unanimously supported and sanctioned by UN Security Council Resolution 1386 and as such is really an
International Security Assisstance Force.
After the initial sensationalised headlines then yes it does tend to be forgotten but like I say that's not unique to civilian deaths - there's even
less publicity of deaths through friendly fire but I guess that's a discussion for another time and place.
As I said previously, there can be no excuse for these killings and it happens far too frequently.
I think it's easy for someone like myself with no military experience to criticise and say it is due to negligence - but given the resources our
armed services have at their disposal I fail to see what else it can be.
But I also recognise that in the heat of the moment certain decisions have to be made and sometimes they will be the wrong one's - that's the way of
the world I'm afraid.
And it doesn't help that The Taliban sometimes use the civilian population as human shields or as diversions etc.
Not much in this world is black and white.