|Independently verified pain
There is a myth here in America that terrorists attacked the World Trade Center because "we're the freest nation on Earth." If that were true, you and I would be free to read the details about the Afghanistan bombing campaign in the U.S. press. But we're not being allowed that particular freedom.
In Britain, however, the press has been following events in some detail and reporting on the civilian casualties, the worsening humanitarian condition, the dropping of cluster bombs on villages, the ineffectiveness of U.S. bombing on Taliban targets, the disintegration of Northern Alliance forces, and on, and on.
How many Americans would change their minds if they could possess the freedoms that the British public takes for granted? Since Oct. 22, when I included in this space an extensive list of independently reported incidents involving civilian casualties, plenty more have come to the attention of the rest of the world. While the punditocracy tries to justify the Pentagon's claims that the Taliban figure of 1,500 dead civilians is "vastly overstated," few seem willing to consider that the figure might be about right -- or even too low.
thanks to BookNotes
And how many Americans would change their minds if the Pentagon let them know about the body bags?
26 more body bags in Jacobabad
Casualties suffered in storming of bin Laden hideout
Twenty six more bodies of United Special Forces members have reached Jacobabad air base for onward transportation to the United States, The Frontier Post learnt on Wednesday.
These commandos were killed in an operation involving storming of a suspected hideout of alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, well placed sources said.