Thursday, October 26, 2006

NATO Warplanes Kill At Least 50 Civilians: "It Was Late At Night -- That Might Be The Reason They Didn't Know Where To Bomb"

"NATO warplanes killed at least 50 civilians, mostly women and children, in bombing in southern Afghanistan during a major Islamic holiday, local leaders said on Thursday.

The incident happened on Tuesday, the middle of the Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of the Muslim fasting month, in Panjwai, an area where the alliance said it had killed hundreds of insurgents in a two-week offensive last month.

NATO says it killed 48 insurgents during heavy fighting in the area in Kandahar province on Tuesday and had received credible reports several civilians were killed in the operation.

The defense ministry has sent a team to investigate.

"It was late at night -- that might be the reason they didn't know where to bomb," said provincial assembly member Agha Lalai.

"They have bombed residential houses."

Visiting the wounded in hospital, tribal elder Naik Mohammad said 60 civilians had died. Villagers also said 60 died and another member of the provincial assembly put the toll at 80.

Witnesses say 25 homes were razed in 4-5 hours of bombing." ...

Reuters News Agency "NATO bombs kill scores of Afghan civilians: officials" October 26, 2006

Skeptical, and increasingly fearful of NATO, Ukrainian civilians in Kyiv, Ukraine.

How can NATO hope to convince skeptical Ukrainians of the benefits of NATO treaty membership if the organization continues wantonly to kill civilians as they did earlier in its Balkan War bombing campaign of the late 1990s. The majority of Ukrainians reject the need for NATO membership; forcing NATO and the now alienated President Viktor Yushchenko to attempt clumsy, backdoor attempts to introduce unwanted NATO troops to Crimea, a largely Tatar and Russian settled and speaking Autonomous Region of Ukraine.

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