What's the alternative? Deny it happened? Leave Afghanistan and expect less civilians to die that way?Ow, it is CHEAP!!!! LETS kill more Afganis!!! BECAUSE, once we kill them, their relatives become the richest in Afganistan. It benefits them.
People like you love to criticize but never have any viable solution.
Actually that's the best thing you can do in Afghanistan. As Faran said, when tribe A has a member killed by tribe B they will go to tribe A's elders and ask for compensation. If they don't get it, they have to get revenge on tribe B by responding in kind. Money is what stops the blood cycle.The WORST thing they can do though is sit there and apologize and then hand them a bundle of cash like that. You kill my kid, give a half-hearted apology and write $2,000 check as compensation? That is a slap in the face if you ask me
It's part of the Pashtunwali.
Have you ever spoken to an Afghan? I seriously doubt you have.He like you understand , their clan is in a part of a country that is under Taliban rule, the fact that US soldiers are running around doesn't change that, if they resisted the Taliban they would be dead, since they didn't, it's safe to presume they are under honor pledge, and therefore in a state of Jihad since their overlords are, therefore any dealing with enemy's on Islam is considered as breach of the pledge mentioned above, which means the money you gave them will be used to blow US troops first chance they get.
Talking about how it is ing okay to kill children and then give their family 2000$ is priceless from somebody who's telling me to "say something intelligent" i would recommend the same to you but i doubt you can do it, but here's a dollar for the trouble...
I know you've since corrected yourself, but that pretty much sums up the whole public and media attitude on Afghanistan. Absolutely nobody outside the military knows the first ing thing about the situation, but that doesn't stop them from mounting the steps to the soap-box at the earliest opportunity. The media in particular is guilty of lapping up every sob-story and incident in the most lurid detail, all scrabbling like rats in a sack to publish the most information at the earliest opportunity before their rivals get the scoop. No bother if they over-sensationalise the story in order to grab public interest, or run with an incomplete set of facts or the dubious testimony of a paid 'eye-witness', because nobody will hold them to account later on.
No kidding. And they have no idea what they're talking about. Just the other day someone was complaining about civilians killed in an airstrike on a convoy. I asked him what steps we should take to make sure that doesn't happen. He told me we should use robots with x-ray vision to look into the back seats and see if any women and children were sitting in the back.