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Old 07-03-2002, 06:12 PM   #16
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The last time I checked equal meant equal. It does not mean that Afghan lives were worth more than American ones.

And you said the key word "volunteer". Whatever SOME of the people might have been doing at that wedding,( and I admit the possiblity that the wedding could have been used as a cover) nonetheless many of the people who died did not volunteer to be a part of this conflict. They can't choose to come or go and those who have chosen to fight mix in with them.
We still don't even know the details yet, but we didn't intentionally fire on a wedding. They fired at us, although possibly by accident, and we responded in a military manner. Thats what the military does!

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If the job of our military is to protect my fat spoiled arse at the cost of helpless people, then I'd rather they come home and protect our shores and airports
So we can be attacked again??? Maybe by nukes this time?

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than to go and be too careless with the lives of others who have no choices and nothing at all materially other than their lives and their families lives.
Careless? You don't even know the details but you are automatically going to take their side

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I think that our highly-trained volunteer soldiers could stick their necks out once in awhile and check the facts in person on the ground BEFORE they start shooting.
This is a truly disgusting comment. I am embarassed for you, very embarassed.

What do you mean about "stick their necks out"??
You haven't a clue about sticking ones neck out or courage, do you?
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I think the lives of Afghan civilians should be treated as equal to the lives of American civilians when the government is planning its operations. And I think if we don't start now, we could end up losing everything we have gained in that country.

The Afghans are rightly becoming very angry at these continued accidents.
I agree with you! I dont think that bombing Afghan. is doing anything and if its doing anything its pissin off the people. The war against Terror should be fought differently now.
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The US military does everything it can to insure the safety of civilians period! Sending in troops on the ground does not mean the result would be any different. I guess some people here forgot about the incident in a small village outside Kandahar where dozens of an Afghani group who were not Taliban were killed by US troops on the ground. The US troops were fired on first and they returned fire. Its important to remember that sending in ground troops does not mean that civilian causalties will be any less at all. In fact in some cases they will increase especially when fighting occurs in urban area's.

Airpower is still being used in Afghanistan because it is by far the fastest way to deliver overwhelming lethal firepower in support of troops on the ground in possible danger or to destroy enemy targets. Contrary to what has been said here, there are US troops on the ground as well as CIA and DIA officials. Afghanistan is a very mountainous country more than 5 times the size of Vietnam. Moving on the ground is very difficult and the distances to be covered are vast making support from the air crucial, even more so than it would be in Bosnia.

Mistakes and intelligence failure's happen. Unfortunately this can be the result when those mistakes happen. Few people on this board realize that are soldiers risk their lives everyday even when just training at home. No other organization works harder to eliminate mistakes than are military because they know the potential cost can be very high. No organization is mistake free, but the US military does a better job than any other military or organization in the world in dotting every i and crossing every t!

To sum up, ground troops are being used(although in very small numbers), and no, their use does not prevent civilian deaths, and in some cases can lead to more. In fact it looks as if the casaulties were caused by weapons that ground troops would use as well. As Z Edge stated, the only Satellite guided bomb that was off target landed in an unpopulated area. It appears that heavy machine guns and auto-cannons, weapons ground troops would use, may have been at fault for what happened.

The strategy in use by the pentagon in Afghanistan combines both elements on the ground and in the air. Due to the vast distances and difficult terrain, aircraft are heavily used to transport troops as well as provide fire support. The Military strategy in use is the one that the planners feel will best achieve the military objectives of the United States in the region, plain and simple. This is a search and destroy mission in some of the highest mountains on the entire planet and for that matter the Solar System. Heavy armor forces could be used, but they would be restricted to area's that Al Quada most likely would not be anyways because of terrain. Often, the quickest way to catch and destroy an enemy that has been detected and is on the run, is to strike with what ever available airpower that one has on the scene. Sometimes allowing for ground troops to reach the area, either by land or air, will allow the enemy to escape.

There are dozens of US ground troops who are alive today because of the quick availability and use of airpower in operations like Anaconda and other similar operations where large numbers of Al Quada were destroyed. There were large battles in Afghanistan as recent as this past February and March. There could be again. One of my friends is now stationed in Afghanistan and if something happens, I want the full weight of US military firepower in the region to back him up!

It is very sad what happened to the wedding party, but the strategy and tactics of our forces in Afghanistan are reasonable and important in achieving our objectives which will lead to greater prosperity and opportunity for the countries in the region.
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Very well stated STING. I will say a prayer for your friend over there too.

One good point made was that there are ground forces in the area, something I should have mentioned earlier. They are quite possibly involved in the incident. On the news (Fox news) they mentioned a bit ago that the fire the C-130 took in was anti-aircraft artillery fire and not that of a celebration. And it came from the place the wedding was being held.

I think that speaks for itself.
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On the news (Fox news) they mentioned a bit ago that the fire the C-130 took in was anti-aircraft artillery fire and not that of a celebration. And it came from the place the wedding was being held.

I think that speaks for itself. [/B]

And you believe everything you hear on the news??? On FOX news?????

How convenient that all these accidents are never due to our mistakes in the slightest......

The truth is that we almost never get even close to the whole story. You and STING2 put way to much trust in the miltary's version of events, maybe because you think that to be critical is unamerican of you. But actually maintaining a healthy skepticism about whatever comes to us from government sources and the very accomodating news media is probably more patriotic and historically American than believing too much in our government.

Our policy in Afghanistan needs adjustment now, before we lose the good will of the Afghan people without whose support we will lose all we have sacrificed in that country. The angrier they get, the better the Taliban will start to look and if they can get alot of support for a guerilla re-insurgence, we WILL lose as EVERY great power has ALWAYS lost when they lacked the support of the majority of Afghani people.

The fact is that moderate ordinary folks are becoming very angry over there and like it or not our own opinion of our miltary's actions aren't going to mean s*** if they turn on us. And adjustment rather than continued claims of blamelessness will show them in a concrete way that we have their best interests in mind.

Their trust in us is very fragile. Their memories of other far less benign powers are still extremely fresh. We HAVE to accomodate for this and we can now that we have entered a new phase in this war. This starts with being far less ready to shoot from the air.
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You should puke. If you seriously value Afghan civilians over our own volunteer military who went over there to wipe out terrorism so you have the freedoms to sit at your little computer and whine, I hope you puke a lot!
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I believe the whole of the people in Afghanistan at least appreciate us since they have more freedom since the war began.
You place more importance on the lives of the military to those of innocent civilians? I hope you agree they are equal.

As for the last bit, predictable reply yes, but really...Ask the families of the vitcims of these misguided bombs. I wonder how appreciated these efforts are by the people of Afghanistan.

See, my biggest problem is I want my cake and to eat it too. I want to see America eradicate terrorism, but I dont want to see it happen at the cost of innocent lives.
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And you believe everything you hear on the news??? On FOX news?????
CNN is far more trustworthy, right?

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See, my biggest problem is I want my cake and to eat it too. I want to see America eradicate terrorism, but I dont want to see it happen at the cost of innocent lives.
That's a noble sentiment, to be sure, but the whole of human history suggest that it's not possible to win a military conflict and have no civilian casualties.

We SHOULD try to do both, certainly, but it's not realistic to expect that we can do both all the time.

So, when we get to that fork in the road, what do we choose? Do we stop our military plans for the sake of civilians (in this case, with the full knowledge that we may be costing other civilan lives via further acts of terrorsim)? Or do we introduce that horrible phrase, "acceptable losses"?

Angela, any realistic analysis of this or any war MUST answer those questions.
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Objective skepticism is just fine and important. But the idea that were shooting blindly and being unprofessional, because of a possible mistake where a wedding party is killed is not being objective. Mistakes happen, but there is no other organization that does more than the US military to minimize mistakes.

Many here have lots of trust in the US military because of prior service, friends and family that are in the military, or having grown up in a military family itself. I think that you may have a fundamental misunderstanding of the way the military operates and the professionalism and honesty that exist there on a level, not found in the civilian world. I don't think being critical is unamerican, but I do think it is important to be objective and informed on both sides of the story.

The military continues to operate in the interest of the Afghan people, but mistakes will occur from time to time, just like mistakes occur here in the USA when the Police use force or pursue criminals in high speed chases. There is no evidence that the Afghan population is in a state of fury and anger and about to attack the USA. Again objectively look at what happened and how many people were killed, and the fact that it is not known yet if US forces were even responsible. Compare that to 15 years ago when the Soviets were in Afghanistan and 1.5 million Afghan civilians were killed, followed with about 5 million in refugees. When condititions are bad, refugees start to show up in border countries. As of right now, people are still coming back to Afghanistan, not leaving! Also, shooting from the ground is not necessarily safer than shooting from the air. As I have already illistrated in above examples in this thread, civilian losses happen just as often if not more so in ground combat as apposed to air to ground combat. Targets on the ground are not fired at normaly until there has been other air or ground confirmation that the target is a legititmate target. Extreme cirmcumstances can override this though if one is being shot at. I support the right of our military forces to return fire when they are being fired at! Our forces shot back from the air because they thought they were being fired upon.

The operation in Afghanistan has been very successful and will continue to be in the future by following the strategies that have worked. The current level of violence in Afghanistan has not been this low since the 1970s before the Soviet invasion. The reason for this is the US military and the strategies they employ for creating a secure environment to include hunting down the remainder of the Taliban and Al Quada.
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You should puke. If you seriously value Afghan civilians over our own volunteer military who went over there to wipe out terrorism so you have the freedoms to sit at your little computer and whine, I hope you puke a lot!
That's ridiculous and offensive.

No human life is worth more than another. The idea one should puke because they feel that all life is equally sacred is repulsive.
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That's ridiculous and offensive.

No human life is worth more than another. The idea one should puke because they feel that all life is equally sacred is repulsive.
I don't know where you are from "T.O."
but if your brother voluntered to go and serve your country to try and end the evils that dwell, would you be more concerned for him or the people who reside where he went to fight?

I have been "offended and been subjected to the ridiculous" more than i can count in here.

Obviously all humans were created equal, as said by our Lord Jesus Christ.

But I am sick and tired of the notion (albeit a hidden and cleverly disguised one) that we should sacrifice more of our own to accomplish our objectives. That it is not fair that our technology and superior military have these "advantages" in war.

Forget it.
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You place more importance on the lives of the military to those of innocent civilians? I hope you agree they are equal.
they are equal, as are all human beings created by our Lord

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As for the last bit, predictable reply yes, but really...Ask the families of the vitcims of these misguided bombs. I wonder how appreciated these efforts are by the people of Afghanistan.
Maybe they shouldn't have shot at our planes then
Maybe they would like to be back under the Taliban Regime then
Respectfully, they shot at our planes
I am sorry that we have dead and injured here
but don't shoot at war planes that protect you

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See, my biggest problem is I want my cake and to eat it too. I want to see America eradicate terrorism, but I dont want to see it happen at the cost of innocent lives.
Mee too, but it is not a realistic piece of cake
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Bubba and Z edge I agree with both of you mainly. And thats only mainly because there is still this element that doesn't want to accept that you cant achieve such goals without a few losses.

And Sting2, your second paragraph brought up some interesting points. I agree that it is probably very dificult to have a good understanding of the US military if you dont have 1st hand experience. Outside that 1st hand experience is the US public who have a lesser but better level of knowledge to the rest of the world. All us out here only hear and see from a long way off. When an outsider of the States is critical, it is based on a finite amount of information and completely removed from what it is like over there. We also lack the patriotism that I honestly believe contributes to certain reactions to the whole thing. If it were my country, I have no doubt my own personal feelings would be different. As would the American people's if it happened somewhere else. I guess this is slightly sidestepping the issues as patriotism isn't the only factor. There are Americans who are as against it as some from other places, just like there are those all for it who live next door to me. But I honestly think when it has happened to your own people, you certainly have a different view.
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And thats only mainly because there is still this element that doesn't want to accept that you cant achieve such goals without a few losses.
Let's all get off our Idealistic Saw Horses, You should all know what Z Edge means. I'm beginning to think that this thread is being hijacked by those pre-pubescent Abercrombie and Fitch Thong wearing Twelve Year Olds whose only glimpse of reality comes through their realization that Kevin from the Backstreet Boys is old enough to be their Dad. Whiteflag, I think you should start six more spin off threads to apologize for the fact that you used the phrase 'two to tango' in public.

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Whiteflag, I think you should start six more spin off threads to apologize for the fact that you used the phrase 'two to tango' in public.

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I would have never noticed that if you hadn't said something.

Lemonite, if you knew me you'd know that way too late for apologies to do me any good.

Don't be like me, kids (sniff!) Just say no to hackneyed cliches!
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Lemonite, allow me for the 1st time ever to say: what the fuck?
What the hell kind of negative nancy answer is that really? Ideals? This isn't about damn idealism or being on some damn high horse. Those who are opposed to this kind of shit are usually those who ironically are just like you all who support this war in the 1st place. I cant see any justification for senseless deaths in Afghanistan, EXACTLY the same way I still cant see how the fucknuts who flew the plane into the twin towers can justify whatever reason they have for the senseless killing of approx 3000 American people.
If its all about idealism, well colour me idealistic. I think there is something fundamentally fucked about about people dying for some 'cause' or due to 'error'. Go out and get whoever is responsible. But accept there are people who cant get damn used to it when you lose a few on the way. War is something I thank God I am not used to. I dont see how you are either.

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