Saturday, May 9, 2009

Afghan President Karzai Demands End to US Airstrikes

From Reuters:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday called on the United States to halt air strikes in his country, following attacks this week that Afghan officials said killed 147 people.

"We demand an end to these operations ... an end to air strikes," Karzai said in Washington in an interview with CNN.

Farah Province deputy governor Yunus Rasooli told Reuters on Friday that residents of two villages hit this week by U.S. warplanes had produced lists with the names of 147 people killed in the attacks.

The ball's in Obama's court now. We can't possibly continue these brutal strikes in this country if their sovereign government tells us we can't. Some may argue that this hurts US security, but I'd counter, how exactly does endlessly bombing a country whose elected government is against us bombing them not make even more people want to take up arms against us?