Mar 01 2009

Act Now, Think Later in Afghanistan

Media support for 'surge' comes without a real plan

“Afghanistan cannot be saved from the Taliban by military means alone” (Boston Globe, 1/5/09), goes a common corporate media line. “Force alone will not defeat the militants,” editorialized the New York Times (11/21/08). “Troops alone won’t do that job,” wrote Time’s Mark Thompson (3/2/09). With U.S. or allied forces responsible for 39 percent of the 2,118 civilians killed in 2008 (a 40 percent increase in civilians killed from 2007), according to U.N. human rights monitors in Afghanistan (UNAMA, 1/09), it’s a rather obvious conclusion at this point—more than seven years into the war—that killing innocents at an escalating pace won’t […]