"Good Grief !" U.S. bombs the brides' house during wedding celebrations!!!!

  1. today, the U.S. military in Afghanistan bombed a house for two solid hours. The Associated Press announced the U.S. reports 40 killed and 70 wounded. The Afghani press is reporting 120 killed and over 100 wounded.

    The wedding had ended and three men shot off a rifle in celebration...a custom there....and within an hour, the U.S. military sent several bombers and struck the house repeatedly for 2 hours.

    The U.S. sent "regrets" for the dead and wounded.

    Is this U.S. military intelligence at work?
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   prn nurse
    Reports are that the majority of the dead are women and children. A Kandahar nurse said he had heard there was over a 100 killed. One six year old had her entire family killed, and a seven year old was brought to the hospital and his parents and siblings had been killed.
  4. by   2ndCareerRN
    At this point I do not believe you can lend credence to any of the reports of the number killed or injured coming out of the area, anyone's reports.

    It is a tragedy that this happened, and there is no doubt this has happened. But the reports will be varied from person to person, government to government.

    I am sure the US will find some scapegoat to blame for the bombing, pay off the families of the killed and injured, and continue the mission that has been started in Afganistan.

    I understand that the firing of weapons into the air is part of nearly every celebration in that region, but come on, you are in a war zone, most likely a free fire zone and you start shooting weapons into the air. I for one am not going to go knocking on the door and ask who is shooting and why. I will assess the situation from a distance, and then call in the preferred method of dealing with a hostile situation, which in this case is an airstrike.

    Fault me if you want, but in every armed conflict there are civilian casualities, it is a fact. We do not have the capability to know everything about everyone and then do a sugical strike, no matter what you see on TV. It is very easy to sit back at home, watch the news and then make your comments on what should have been done. It is entirely a different matter to come under fire, you make your decision based on the best available information at that time, often you do not have the luxury of waiting for updated intelligence.

    Just my .02 cents worth, not the opinion of the administrator, moderators, or probably some people on this board.

    bob
  5. by   Stargazer
    This was being discussed on another BB to which I post. One forum member (European, by the way, not American), seemed to echo Bob's thoughts when he stated,
    I think there are some people who need to come to terms with the idea that firing a weapon into the air while there are combat aircraft overhead is a f--king stupid idea. Darwinism in action.
  6. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Bob is very wise, as is your friend Stargazer.

    Heather
  7. by   live4today
    This situation saddens me terribly. My sincere prayers go out to those family members left behind to mourn the loss of so many of their relatives. Perhaps a way to have prevented such a tragedy would have been by notifying the military that a wedding was taking place in such and such a home, and when the wedding was over, custom is to shoot off two gunfires or whatever the amount may be. That way...the military could have been alerted PRIOR to the shooting of the guns inside that family's house, and those people would be alive. Miscommunication is at the crux of so many TERRIBLE ACCIDENTS that if we would JUST LEARN TO COMMUNICATE with one another, needless killings would NOT have to happen. As a military spouse myself, I know what Bob is saying...but at the same time...this could have been prevented had communication efforts been made in anticipation of that families wedding celebration. May God be with them all at this time in their time of grief and greatest sorrow. May they be comforted by the happy memories their loved ones left behind. ((((((((((Hugs to the Afghanistan Families suffering because of this tragedy))))))))))). :kiss
  8. by   prn nurse
    It just seems to me that for all of our techology, we would not have to go knocking on someone's door to discern information.

    To me , it is another example of U.S. security blunders,...as all the blunders that preceded 9-11.
  9. by   2ndCareerRN
    It just seems to me that for all of our techology, we would not have to go knocking on someone's door to discern information.
    But, sadly, that is exactly what we must do. You can use listening devices, satellite surveillance, or whatever you want. Without the human intelligence agent, you are still playing a game of blind mans bluff. You can never be sure that the information you are recieving with the use of all the high tech gadgets is any good.

    I lay the blame for the dismal state of the US intelligence community right at the feet of the previous administration, the former POTUS in particular. His policies has raped our intelligence communities, and now they are playing hell to get back up to speed, which will take a long time.

    http://www.janes.com/security/intern...0901_1_n.shtml

    So, yes, we do have to knock on doors to find out what is going on. The problem is we do not have the people to do the knocking, so we assess the threat with information available and take what is considered appropriate action.

    bob
  10. by   oramar
    Did this ever get settled? I saw a general on tv that said a team of experts sent in to exam the site could find no evidence of a US bomb. These people are always killing each other anyway. Is it possible someone could have been trying to cover a vendetta up by blaming war planes?
  11. by   mattsmom81
    I agree, Oramar, it's hard to believe much of anything that comes out of that area of the world anyway......can't help but wonder if most of the folks over there are just blind with hatred of the west, Christianity, and probably ANYONE not of their religious viewpoints and backgrounds.
  12. by   l.rae
    Originally posted by 2ndCareerRN


    But, sadly, that is exactly what we must do. You can use listening devices, satellite surveillance, or whatever you want. Without the human intelligence agent, you are still playing a game of blind mans bluff. You can never be sure that the information you are recieving with the use of all the high tech gadgets is any good.

    I lay the blame for the dismal state of the US intelligence community right at the feet of the previous administration, the former POTUS in particular. His policies has raped our intelligence communities, and now they are playing hell to get back up to speed, which will take a long time.

    http://www.janes.com/security/intern...0901_1_n.shtml

    So, yes, we do have to knock on doors to find out what is going on. The problem is we do not have the people to do the knocking, so we assess the threat with information available and take what is considered appropriate action.

    bob
    Bob...RIGHT ON!....Who would like to volunteer their sons/brothers/husbands etc to ''go knocking on doors?''...Yeah, in a perfect world maybe.....Innocent loss of lives...not just American lives l might add...is why we are in Afganastan in the first place in case anyone has forgotten.......my sincere thanks to all millitary persons...you guys do an awesome job and we have our freedom because of that.....sometimes we have to make split second decisions...had this been a real threat....you can bet the tone of some would be differnt or probably even silent.......my son was in the military...Navy sub....l for one am proud of them......LR
  13. by   traumamomma
    Don't they have a newspaper with a list of weddings? Perhaps that way they wouldn't be mistaken for Canadian ground troops.

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