Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Meanwhile, Back At The War

While everyone is busy focusing on the Democratic Convention and our presidential horserace war wages on:
U.S. Killed 90, Including 60 Children, in Afghan Village, U.N. Finds

KABUL, Afghanistan — A United Nations human rights team has found “convincing evidence” that 90 civilians — among them 60 children — were killed in airstrikes on a village in western Afghanistan on Friday, according to the United Nations mission in Kabul.

If the assertion proves to be correct, this would almost certainly be the deadliest case of civilian casualties caused by any United States military operation in Afghanistan since 2001.

The United Nations statement adds pressure to the United States military, which maintains that 25 militants and 5 civilians were killed in the airstrikes, but has ordered an investigation after Afghan officials reported the higher civilian death toll.

The United Nations team visited the scene and interviewed survivors and local officials and elders, getting a name, age and gender of each person reported killed. The team reported that 15 people had been wounded in the airstrikes.

The numbers closely match those given by a government commission sent from Kabul to investigate the bombing, which put the total dead at up to 95.

Mohammad Iqbal Safi, the head of the parliamentary defense committee and a member of the government commission, said the 60 children were 3 months old to 16 years old, all killed as they slept. “It was a heartbreaking scene,” he said.

The U.S. military said five civillians were killed? The Afghans say 95 and the United Nations, 90.


That's some fancy new math.

Once upon a time, such incidents would spark outrage, maybe even a little soul searching, among Americans. Now, we can’t even be bothered to pay attention. We’d rather focus on the people in the funny hats at the convention hall.

Shame on us.