Killing Civilians and Tribal Sensitivities

Yesterday’s New York Times (8/24/10) brought this headline: “Afghans Say NATO Troops Killed 8 Civilians in Raid.” About those claims, we were told this:

Maj. Michael Johnson, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force, as the NATO force is known, said NATO authorities were unaware of any such attack.

Today’s Times (8/25/10) brings this headline: “New Case of Civilian Deaths Investigated in Afghanistan.” Of civilian casualties, we are told that “the issue is a delicate one between NATO and the Afghan government.”

And also:

Afghanistan is a tribal society, and the results of botched raids are often difficult to overcome.

Tribal societies sure are strange.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.