The latest tragedy in Afghanistan is still unfolding. An American soldier went on a shooting spree, killing sixteen civilians and wounding numerous others:
“Stalking from home to home, a United States Army sergeant methodically killed at least 16 civilians, 9 of them children, in a rural stretch of southern Aghanistan early Sunday, igniting fears of a new wave of anti-American hostility, Afghan and American officials said.”
This is the beginning of the end for the war in Afghanistan, and a PR disaster for the United States and the military.
It was also bound to happen, in one form or another, in this endless stupid crusade to build a nation in the mountains of Afghanistan, using drones as mortar and American troops as bricks.
The war on terror will go on and on forever, I’m sure, but the war in Afghanistan needs to end. We’ve lost whatever last shred of trust we had there – and that loss of trust is mutual. Or maybe never existed to begin with. Either way, the war is lost. Time to bring the boys back home.
Before things get worse. And things will get worse.
(Image via The New York Times which has more here.)