The usually conservative figures on civilian deaths coming from the Afghan government showed 173 civilians died in the most recent month, a 33% rise year over year from 2009.
Another significant portion of those deaths, though one not explicitly included in the Afghan government’s news conference, was civilians killed by NATO troops. Though there were not any of the major air strikes in the past month, several high profile shootings have left NATO’s reputation in the nation in serious disrepair.
The Afghani people do not "hate us because we are free"; they hate us because we are murdering their husbands, wives, children, family and friends, all in the name of ultimate private profit.
The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan has absolutely no relationship to US or world security; it has everything to do with the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, and the control of the drug trade from which so many profit so wonderfully well.
Remember; as late as August 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taleban government over the fees for the installation of those pipelines, but deemed those fees "too high".
Apparently, the cost in blood and money of such an invasion and occupation was thought to be "cheaper" for both the current administration and the previous administration.
Of course, it would never be their kids who would get blown to bits or maimed for life in this war for private profit.