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Humanity dead to deaths? ‎
March 16, 2009, 8:55 am
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Afghan boys killed

Are we ‘dead’ to deaths?

Do we become ‘aware’ of death only when our own loved ones die violently?

Is death a number?

Al Jazeera 14032009

Military surge no solution in Afghanistan

General David Petraeus, the head of US Central Command, has said that a mass influx of troops like that during the so-called “surge” in Iraq is not the answer to Afghanistan’s spiralling violence.

A UN report said, “The government, security forces and population of Afghanistan, along with its international partners, face a critical test in 2009.”

“Security has continued to deteriorate. The results of government and international aid efforts have fallen short of popular expectations as Afghans suffer the effects of drought and a global rise in food prices.”

The UN report also identified the rise in civilian deaths as a major problem.

The number of civilians killed rose 40 per cent last year to 2,118. Most of the deaths were caused by anti-government fighters, but 39 per cent were caused by international and Afghan government forces.

Is there a difference between a ‘civilian’ death and a ‘soldier/police’ death?


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