Tuesday, December 19, 2006

More trouble in AF?

NATO doesn't seem to get it. Hot on the heels of a conference at which nothing was really accomplished, and set to the backdrop of the continuing fracturing of the Alliance, comes this news out of Afghanistan: NATO doesn't have a unified system set up to compensate the families of civilians killed during fighting.

This is counter-insurgency 101. If you don't try and pull the people on your side, especially when you use force, you create a vacuum which will be filled by your enemy. If I can get it, one would think the professionals running the NATO mission in Afghanistan would get it as well.

Karzai weeping because of the number of civilians killed by NATO airstrikes is not a good sign. Combine that with the lack of commitment displayed by the Alliance as a whole and you have a very dicey situation.