They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Monday, May 21, 2007

Nato: Still have very much the hearts and minds

"We are not the same moral category as the Taliban" said the plucky Nato Sec. Gen.
"We grieve with you" said the president

"To Afghans who have lost innocent civilians, we grieve with you. To the Afghani families that have been affected by the Taliban using them as shields [sic], you know, we have great sympathy," said the president.

"We do not have sympathy, however, for the tactics of the Taliban," Bush added, amid the anger in Afghanistan at NATO strikes that UN and Afghan investigations found have killed civilians, including women and children.

... "Let me tell you one thing: We are not in the same moral category as our opponents, as the Taliban in Afghanistan," Scheffer said, stressing that NATO forces "still have the support of the large majority of the Afghan people."

"Every innocent civilian fatality, death, is one too many. But in a conflict, it is, from time to time, unavoidable," he said. "We still have very much the hearts and minds of the Afghan people." Link

db: Unavoidable see ...