Saturday, July 23, 2011

Tragedy In Chaos...

The NATO-led force in Afghanistan says it accidentally killed civilians in an air strike earlier this week and is investigating separate allegations that a coalition air raid killed two more civilians.

A spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said an air strike in the Shamal district of eastern Khost Province late on July 5 had killed "several" insurgents as well as "a number of associated family members."

Afghan officials say up to 11 civilians were killed in the air strike, which prompted angry street protests.

Meanwhile, there were new reports of an air strike killing civilians in Khost Province on July 7.

Provincial police chief Mohamad Zazai said up to 13 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed in "a NATO air strike on a residential house in Dowamanda district early this morning."

Now, for some illumination, compare the coverage these reports get with what just happened in Norway.

Is one more tragic than the other?


Both are tragic, particularly to those immediately involved.

It all depends on how the media narrates the events, though.

Grief and outrage should be measured and appropriate and not manipulated by the biases of corporate media.

To give this a little more perspective, consider that every single week around 175 Americans are killed by illegal immigrants.


Yet there are no shock headlines for those victims.

And that is the greatest tragedy of all.