Same old “collateral damage” story in Afghanistan

[Updated at 9:23 pm, 10/3]

The NY Times is reporting that a U.S. airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan struck a hospital operated by the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders. At least 12 of the staff were killed and seven patients were also killed, three of whom were children.

The U.S. military said that “there may have been collateral damage . . .” But there is no “may” about it. The NY Times reports:

The civilian deaths in the Saturday airstrike, and the discrepancies in the accounts of what led to the bombing, were a painful reminder of a pattern that played out again and again in the years before the United States scaled back its role in Afghanistan, as American aircraft trying to strike the Taliban mistakenly hit civilians, frequently killing women, children and the elderly.

We need a less “damaging” alternative to war. Here’s one thoughtful, extensive suggestion from World Beyond War.org

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