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Connecting Folks, One Bomb at a Time

by David Doody

Tags: Afghanistan, war, politics, The Washington Post, TomDispatch, Tom Engelhardt, David Doody,

Afghanistan Soldier HelicopterIn what one website is calling the “the most disgusting piece of agitprop you’ll read for a while,” a senior U.S. military official was quoted in The Washington Post as saying that the damage to Afghan land and property from bombings accompanying the escalation of military operations to the highest levels in the history of the U.S. war in that country will have a benefit for the local population:

Well, that’s one way to look at it, I suppose. But here’s another that comes from retired Air Force lieutenant colonel William Astore via TomDispatch:

So, there you have it. Differing opinions on the state of things. One that suggests when you blow up someone’s property you are really giving them an opportunity and one that suggests that someone might actually be pissed off if their house were blown up.

Hearts and minds. Hearts and minds.

Source: TomDispatch, The Washington Post 

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