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

Friday, October 05, 2007

Afghanistan: US airstrikes and anthropology kill

I don't know if the world of anthropology (from Greek: ἀνθρωπος, anthropos, "human being"; and λόγος, logos, "knowledge" - Wiki) benefits from getting hooked up with US military anti-human forces.

It's a nice propaganda piece from NYT: Army Enlists Anthropology in War Zones

... The anthropology team here also played a major role in what the military called Operation Khyber. That was a 15-day drive late this summer in which 500 Afghan and 500 American soldiers tried to clear [db: 'clear' in this anthropological sense means slaughter] an estimated 200 to 250 Taliban [db: humans I think] insurgents out of much of Paktia Province, secure southeastern Afghanistan’s most important road and halt a string of suicide attacks on American troops and local governors.

In one of the first districts the team entered, Tracy identified an unusually high concentration of widows in one village [db: Guess who killed their husbands], Colonel Woods said. Their lack of income created financial pressure on their sons to provide for their families, she determined, a burden that could drive the young men to join well-paid insurgents. Citing Tracy’s advice, American officers developed a job training program for the widows. Link