Saturday, August 19, 2006

Remember Afghanistan

1. Today, Afghans celebrated the 87th anniversary of their independence from Britain. I hate to rain on anyone's parade, but what does it mean to celebrate independence from Britain when 5,000 British troops are still occupying Afghanistan?

2. In 2005, four years after the Taliban were overthrown, foreign troops in Afghanistan suffered the highest number of dead since the war: 129 soldiers died that year. We are now in the 8th month of 2006, and 117 soldiers have already been killed. Today alone, 4 U.S. GIs were killed and another 3 were injured.

3. Earlier this week, a U.S. warplane dropped a bomb that killed 12 Afghan soldiers. As usual, the explanation was that those killed were insurgents. A top Afghan official has rejected the explanation, and has reasserted that the 12 were indeed members of the police force.

4. Lastly, and this isn't about Afghanistan, but I think the U.S. press need to reminded to take a break from poor little Jonbenet and the looney-tune who claims to have killed her. Can somebody please tell them that Israel has violated the terms of the ceasefire?