Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Afghanistan Through My Eyes - Petraeus

PETRAEUS OFFENDS AFGHAN GOVERNMENT: General David Petraeus apparently caused offense to Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s aides in a closed-doors meeting by suggesting Afghan citizens burned their own children and then blamed the U.S. His exact remarks are unknown, but The Washington Post heard about them from several people in the room. At dispute is a U.S. operation in Afghanistan’s Ghaziabad district. The U.S. says no civilians died, but people in Ghaziabad say 50 civilians died.

The trouble with this comment is who knows what context it was made in or how many people were in the line of the actual report. I do know for a fact that the Afghan people do burn their children. You see young men in the Afghan National Army with hideous scars and disfigurement on their faces. I saw this with my own eyes and it was confirmed by several interpreters.