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Published:March 3rd, 2011 10:59 EST
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Shame On America: Nine Boys Killed By NATO Helicopters In Afghanistan

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Nine boys collecting firewood to heat their homes in the eastern Afghanistan mountains were killed by NATO helicopter gunners who mistook them for insurgents, according to a statement on Wednesday by NATO, which apologized for the mistake.

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The NATO statement, which included an unusual personal apology by the commander of the NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David H. Petraeus, said the boys had been misidentified as the attackers of a NATO base earlier in the day."

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/world/asia/03afghan.html?_r=2&hp

"The War in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001,[30] as the US Armed Forces launched Operation Enduring Freedom along with the British Armed Forces and Afghan United Front (Northern Alliance) in response to the September 11 attacks with the stated goal of dismantling Al-Qaeda and ending its use of Afghanistan as a base for terrorist operations. The Unites States also promised to remove the Taliban regime from power and create a viable democratic state."

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The US Armed Forces quickly met their objectives of dismantling al-Qaeda, and removing the Taliban from power. President Bush should have declared victory, and pulled our troops from that godforsaken part of the world.

Bush`s "freedom agenda" failed miserably in Iraq and Afghanistan. It`s sheer lunacy to think that we can create viable democratic states in Muslim countries that have no history or desire for democracy.

Almost 10 years later and al-Qaeda and the Taliban are resurgent and entrenched in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Instead of bringing our young men and women home from Afghanistan, President Obama dispatched thousands more soldiers to die in vain in a meaningless, immoral, unethical, criminal and illegal war.

America is an occupying force, and we committing atrocities that will give birth to more 9/11 style attacks.

We killed nine young boys, for what? Even if they had been Jihadists, what would it have accomplished? I`ve yet to hear a rational reason why the hell we are still in Afghanistan.

Americans should be as outraged as the people of Afghanistan at the murder of these young boys. There should be hundreds of thousands of outraged citizens demonstrating in all the major cities of America, demanding an end to the war.

How many more American soldiers and Afghan civilians must die before we finally come to our senses?

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