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  •  When will we leave these peoples children alone? (4+ / 0-)
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    Can you imagine what it would have been like to have a Jap. soldier escorting your child in your home in 1942. Or a Russsian soldier holding your daughter's hand in 1960 in your neighborhood. How about an Iraqi soldier befriending your child in 2005 near her school in your town in your country and out of fear for the child's life, you remain silent and consenting.
      Pretty picture for recruiting teenagers though.

    •  Leave them alone? (1+ / 0-)
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      Personally I would prefer we spend a fraction of the money we spend on weapons and bombings to support education and vocational training.

      Leaving them alone means they are subject to the horrific conditions that the Taliban placed on the society, a Taliban I remind you we helped create!

      I do not think you have thought this through, and it is obvious you have never spoken with an Afghan who has interactions with troops there.

      Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. - Dalai Lama

      by kimoconnor on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 02:25:18 PM PDT

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    •  Don't be ridiculous. American presence is not (3+ / 0-)
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      comparable to the Imperial japanese Army of WWII. That army used to have beheading contests for fun. Regardless of what you think about this war, american soldiers have not been nearly that depraved.

      Also- when you propose we "leave these kids alone", do you mean leave these kids alone with the Talibans?

      •  Jeez I guess shooting women and children in (0+ / 0-)

        their sleep does not reach the level of beheading.  Most American soldiers are outstanding human beings, Most perform their duties with honor, unfortunately war has a way of effecting some soldiers to do depraved things and our military is no exception. I would not want an enemy military in my neighborhood no matter how non-depraved they may be.
          Oh I see your argument that If we leave the Taliban will attack and take over the country, of course that is what the "stay forever" crowd said about the Iranians and Iraq. last time I checked Iraq was still Iraq.
         

        •  That soldier was arrested and charged (1+ / 0-)
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          Big difference. Also, given the choice between being terrorized by the Talibans or liberated by american forces, I would do the same thing this afghan girl is doing. I'd side with the (relatively) good guys.

          I don't think we should stay in Afghanistan forever. We should pull out. BUT I am not so delusional to try to disguise that as anything other than an utterly selfish and inhumane withdrawal. It is an ackowledgement of failure. Make no mistake about it- this little girl's fate is going to take a turn for the worse as soon as american troops leave.

          •  Do you have the No.s on Afghan people killed or (0+ / 0-)

            wounded due to American Military operations to compare to numbers of Afghan people killed and Wounded due to the Taliban operations?   Assuming the Afghan Govt can not defend itself from the Taliban (which I have confidence in our military to have already ensured they can) How do you no if her fate is better with or without US occupation?

            •  The Taliban are responsible for far, far more (1+ / 0-)
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              civilian deaths in Afghanistan than coalition forces are.  It's not even close.  

              Insurgents were responsible for the vast majority of the casualties, at least 2,332, according to the report. Most of the victims were killed by makeshift explosives or suicide bombers. The use of both tactics increased sharply over the past 12 months.

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              The report attributed about 400 of the deaths to NATO and Afghan forces, a small decrease from 2010, with aerial attacks responsible for about half of those casualties. NATO-led night raids, a long-standing source of tension between the United States and President Hamid Karzai, accounted for 63 deaths, down 22 percent from the previous year.

              http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

              "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

              by Lawrence on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 01:50:26 AM PDT

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            •  It is apparant you do not know that number (0+ / 0-)

              As the Taliban and other insurgents have killed far more Afghans than Nato.

              Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. - Dalai Lama

              by kimoconnor on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 06:08:08 AM PDT

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              •  No I dont know that # and would be (0+ / 0-)

                reluctant to believe a # coming from an involved entity in the occupation of Afghanistan. ( US Pakistan Afghanistan Govt, Taliban, UN).
                 US Senator Hiram Warren Johnson is purported to have said: The first casualty when war comes is truth.

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