The newly appointed commander of US-led troops in Afghanistan says he does not plan to halt controversial air strikes which have killed many civilians in the war-torn country.
Gen Stanley McChrystal emphasized the blitzes were necessary to protect troops taking part in ground operations across Afghanistan.
One is reminded of the response of the Papal Legate during the Catholic Church's prosecution of the Cathars during the siege of Montsegur in France.
When learning that women and children were with the men holding out against the Church's army, the Papal Legate's instructions were "kill them all: God will find his own."
You cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air; American military and civilian leadership should have absorbed that very bitter and crucial lesson from Viet Nam, but apparently they have not.
The bombing of civilians is guaranteed to do do two things; radicalize those left standing even further away from the Karzai government, and causing local populations to refuse to offer any useful information to American troops, which seem to be consistently unable to protect them from the Taliban.