The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Afghanistan:
U.S. Air Strikes, Civilian Deaths ... and U.S. “Apologies”

Jun 18, 2012

On June 6, a U.S. nighttime air strike on a house in the Afghan village of Sagawand in Logar Province killed 18 women and children – civilians. The air strike was called in by a joint U.S. and Afghan patrol.

Initially U.S. military officials claimed that only two women had suffered non-life-threatening injuries – as if that would have been OK! But after villagers piled the bodies into vans the next morning for everyone to see, a joint U.S.-Afghan investigation confirmed the slaughter.

This air strike helped make June 6 the deadliest day so far this year for civilians in Afghanistan. And this comes on top of last year being the deadliest year for Afghan civilians in this war. 3,021 civilians were killed according to official statistics that grossly understate the actual number of deaths.

The air strike also came just two months after the U.S. signed an agreement that was supposed to avoid civilian deaths. Now U.S. military officials have made a new agreement that there will be no air strikes on civilian houses except to spare the lives of U.S., Afghan or NATO forces. But who believes this new agreement means anything when clearly the last agreement meant nothing?

The violence that has been killing thousands of Afghan civilians for many years has no chance of ending without the complete withdrawal of all U.S. forces from the country. U.S. out of Afghanistan now!