It seems that we just can't help
it. It's impossible for us to stop. Like the worst alcoholic,
the craving heroin addict, the crack head with an insatiable lust for the
We must keep bombing.
Ten days ago we got word that a
caravan of Taliban and Al Qaeda officials was on the road. We couldn't
know for sure, but what the heck. We bombed
the hell out of that procession of vehicles, killing them all, as well as
scores of nearby villagers in their homes. Local officials said the
caravan itself contained only innocent civilians, village elders traveling
to the inauguration of the new Afghan president in Kabul. And how did
we wind up killing all those villagers not in the convoy?
Then yesterday, acting on information
equally unreliable for making irrevocable life-and-death decisions, U.S.
a compound in a small Afghan village where we believed Al Qaeda and Taliban
leaders were staying. The villagers say no such leaders were
there. And regardless, at least twelve homes outside the compound were
destroyed, killing over one hundred villagers, including women and children.
What's wrong with us? Can't we
fight our addiction, and use our brains?
After seeing what our laser- and
satellite-guided bombs did to their troops, are we really to believe that
Taliban and Al Qaeda leaders would assemble a large caravan in broad
daylight and blithely start traveling down the road?
And if there were Taliban and Al Qaeda
leaders in that caravan, why didn't we send troops and capture those
leaders? Isn't that what we said we wanted to do, get our hands on
those running the terrorist show in order to get intelligence information on
the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, as well as on future terrorist acts
being planned? It's a slowly moving convoy along a rural road, for
goodness sakes. We could have picked our spot along the route, and
ambushed and captured them all.
As for the compound, which was in the
village of Qalaye Niazi in eastern Paktia province, haven't we all
heard enough about Taliban/Al Qaeda "command-and-control"
centers? If a Taliban soldier uses an outhouse to defecate, and calls
out for more toilet paper, that would probably qualify that outhouse as a
"command-and-control" center in the eyes of the maniacs doing our
air strike targeting.
Again, why didn't we go in and capture
those leaders, if such were there? And if we meant to destroy just
that compound, why were 12 houses throughout the village also pulverized,
killing scores of civilian men, women and children?
Many analysts believe
it was our reluctance to use U.S. ground troops during the main fighting in
the war that allowed Osama bin Laden, Mullah Omar and other terrorist
leaders to escape out of our hands. Ditto for the continuing mop-up
operations in Tora Bora, where plans to use Marines to search the caves for
remaining Al Qaeda soldiers and intelligence information were scrapped.
Now we're still at it, killing
hundreds of additional civilians in addition to the thousands we've already killed, because we won't
send in U.S. troops to capture terrorists leaders who could provide us with
critical information we need to protect ourselves.
Our behavior seems truly irrational,
the hallmark of the seriously addicted. If there isn't such a word as
bomb-aholism, there should be.