A Dossier on Civilian Victims of United States' Aerial Bombing of Afghanistan: A Comprehensive Accounting


| January 14, 2002

A Dossier on Civilian Victimsof United States' Aerial Bombing of Afghanistan: A Comprehensive Accounting

An Economics professor at the University of New Hampshire is challenging the Pentagon's claims that our War Against Terrorism has kept civilian casualties to a minimum.

Marc Herold, writing in the media criticism Web site Cursor.org, argues that American bombs have killed more than 3,700 Afghan civilians since the war began on October 7, a fact that 'a compliant media' prefers to ignore. 'In order to make the American Afghan War appear 'just,' it becomes imperative to completely block out access to information on the true human costs of this war,' Herold writes, noting the Pentagon's influence over the major news networks, its decision to buy up all the commercial satellite imagery available to the general public, and Colin Powell's trip to Qatar to lecture the Al Jazeera news network about its war coverage.

Meanwhile, Herold has diligently chronicled the civilian carnage, relying on offical news agencies and national newspapers in the area, reputable nongovernmental organizations such as RAWA and Emergency Italia, and reports from journalists and survivors on the scene.

What he's found is that about 62 civilians were killed each day of the war--a total of 3,767--through December 6. And yet, mainstream media have covered the casualties in a decidedly selective manner. 'Apparently, the only real casualties noted are those either connected to a western enterprise or organizations, or those 'independently verified' by western individuals and/or organizaitons,' he writes. 'In other words, the high levels of civilian casualties are simply written off to 'enemy' progaganda and ignored.'
--Craig Cox
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