It’s past time. How many more US troops will be killed for the “rogue” sergeant’s killing of civilians. We don’t know what caused the soldier to do what he did but the reprisals are going to put more troops at risk. I know that pulling out now would dampen the meaning of why we were there in the first place, and diminish the reasoning for the loss of life by American soldiers, but in my humble opinion, they did what was asked of them.
The reaction to the koran burning pretty much showed me what the people of Afghanistan want…..they want us the hell out of their country. I say we do what they ask. We have nothing to be ashamed of.
How can we fight a war against an enemy of cowards hiding behind women and children, and an Afghan military that is turning their guns on the people who are supposed to be training them. Not to mention Pakistan that is sympathetic and lets them hide across a border we cannot cross.
I am tired of hearing from the talking heads on television and the military brass saying that we need to stay until the mission has been accomplished. What have we accomplished in ten years? I don’t want to waste the blood of the brave men and women who have lost their lives in country, but I don’t want to lose more troops to a treacherous people and a corrupt government that is getting rich while US soldiers trying to win an unwinnable war.
There I said it, we cannot be succesful in Afghanistan period.
Look at the quotes below and comment on what you think.
Afghanistan’s parliament condemned the killings, saying Afghans had run out of patience with the actions of foreign forces and the lack of oversight. Civilian deaths have long been one of the main sources of tension between Kabul and Washington.
“We have benefited little from the foreign troops here but lost everything – our lives, dignity and our country to them,” said Haji Najiq,” a Kandahar shop owner.
“The explanation or apologies will not bring back the dead. It is better for them to leave us alone and let us live in peace.”
“The Americans said they will leave in 2014. They should leave now so we can live in peace,” said Mohammad Fahim, 19, a university student. “Even if the Taliban return to power our elders can work things out with them. The Americans are disrespectful.”
“The Americans are not here to assist us they are here to kill us,” said Najibullah, 33, a house painter in Kabul.
“I hate the Americans and I hate anyone who loves them, so I hope there is no long-term partnership between our countries.”
Without a pact that keeps U.S. advisers or special forces in the country, there is a danger that civil war could erupt again in Afghanistan.
Karzai, whose relationship with his Western backers is troubled even in the best of times, condemned the rampage as “intentional murders” and demanded an explanation. Karzai’s office released a statement quoting a villager as saying “American soldiers woke my family up and shot them in the face.”
Amnesty International warned that those behind such attacks must be brought to justice or it would risk reinforcing a perception among many Afghans – fueled by the Taliban – that NATO had not done enough to keep Afghan civilians safe.