January 26, 2009 by theradicalmormon
There will be no different approach to our murders in Afghanistan and other places as Obama takes power. Already, less than one week into Obama’s presidency we see that the US military has killed 16 civilians in Afghanistan after initially claiming to have killed 15 militants:
President Hamid Karzai on Sunday condemned a U.S. operation he says killed 16 Afghan civilians, while thousands of villagers denounced the American military during an angry demonstration, Reuters reported.
Karzai said the killing of innocent Afghans “is strengthening the terrorists.”
The operation causing the latest controversy happened this week in eastern Laghman province. The U.S. military said on Saturday that troops, backed by air support, had killed 15 militants in an overnight operation.
In addition, our murders in Pakistan have also not changed under Obama. We sent drone planes in to kill Al Queda or Taliban types and took out a bunch of innocents along with them:
Missiles fired from suspected US drones killed at least 15 people inside Pakistan today, the first such strikes since Barack Obama became president and a clear sign that the controversial military policy begun by George W Bush has not changed.
Security officials said the strikes, which saw up to five missiles slam into houses in separate villages, killed seven “foreigners” – a term that usually means al-Qaeda – but locals also said that three children lost their lives.
Dozens of similar strikes since August on northwest Pakistan, a hotbed of Taleban and al-Qaeda militancy, have sparked angry government criticism of the US, which is targeting the area with missiles launched from unmanned CIA aircraft controlled from operation rooms inside the US.
The violinist has changed but the music is the same. Real change in America requires a radical new approach. Politics as usual will not hack it.