Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How Much Is An Afghan Life Worth?

An Afghan man inspects a house destroyed during an air strike called in to protect Afghan and U.S. forces during a raid on suspected Taliban militants, in Kunduz, November 2016. REUTERS/Nasir Wakif

Idrees Ali, Reuters: How much is an Afghan life worth? That depends

In March 2014, the U.S. military paid an Afghan man just over $1,000 to compensate for killing his civilian son in an operation near the border with Iran, according to U.S. military records released to Reuters.

Six months later, another Afghan father was given $10,000 by the U.S. military after his child, also a civilian, was killed in an American-led military operation in the same province.

And 68-year-old Haji Allah Dad lost 20 relatives, including his brother and sister-in-law, in a U.S. and Afghan special forces operation near the northern city of Kunduz last November.

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WNU Editor: The sad part for much of the world is that life is unbelievably cheap.


Aizino Smith said...

Read the book "Dirty Little Secrets of WW2"

We made payments like this in North Africa.

Has Russia ever made payments like these?

Aizino Smith said...

If every bit of collateral damage is a war crime, then we should have left Afghanistan in 2001 or early 2002 after toppling the Taliban.

... Left Chaos.

The border countries would vie for dominance.

Then we could have had Pakistan, Iran, China, India and Russia gutting each other.

Jabber would still have his panties in a knot. It is the way he rolls.

1) If we attack topple & leave Jabber would be mad.
2) If we topple and stay until the Taliban cannot regain power, Jabber is mad.
3) If we never went there, Jabber would be leading marches explaining "Why they hate us"

Jabber is just down for the struggle.