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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-23-08 04:14 PM
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37. Here's a re-examination:
Afghanistans 30 million people today are no more content with U.S. rule than a smaller population was with the failed British attempt to extend its empire there in the 19th century. While the surge was supposed to be taming Iraq, the resistance movement inside Afghanistan was growing...

In May and June more U.S.-NATO coalition forces were killed by the resistance in Afghanistan than were killed in Iraq. In mid-July the U.S. was forced to abandon a remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan after resistance fighters killed nine U.S. troops and briefly seized the area...

NATO slaughter of civilians continues. The United Nations estimates that 698 civilians were killed in the first six months of this year in Afghanistan; this compares with 430 killed during the same period last year. Of those 698, some 255 were killed by NATO forces. Human Rights Watch says air strikes alone have been responsible for killing 119 civilians in 2008.

http://www.workers.org/2008/world/afghanistan_0807 /

The civilian deaths are currently relatively light compared to the case in Iraq, but what would happen if the war was escalated? The opinion described here is similar to what the editors of The Nation had to say about it, which I describe in the OP. Admittedly, those opinions could be wrong. But what information do you have that would warrant a rosier assessment?

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