When will Western politicians and their media courtiers speak honestly about the “good” war in Afghanistan? The Guardian’s Jason Burke explains:
The parallel with the 80s can be overdone – the fighting remains much more limited in extent and there is no threat to the supply route north. But recently, both American and French military officials have started relating stories of how the militants have tortured captured soldiers, killing them slowly and mutilating their corpses. The stories are almost identical to those told by the Soviets – and those recounted by Rudyard Kipling over a century ago when other western soldiers tried to shape Afghanistan according to a distant capital’s imperial will.
A staggering number of civilians are being killed by NATO forces.