Afghan girl killed by RAF leaflet drop

(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

It’s the little things in life that turn out to be the big things.  By that I mean — as the cliche goes — what breaks the camel’s back is usually a mere straw.

I remember realizing one day that I would move back to Los Angeles when I was driving up into the Hollywood Hills after a rain, and smelled the Eucalyptus trees.  I realized I was going to move back there.  It just hit me.

I realized one day that I was finally going to escape from a bad relationship when my girlfriend made a very unusual but weirdly insignificant demand of me that she claimed would “fix” the entire relationship.   Later I was sitting out on the porch watching the sunset and it hit me — I had to get out.  

And in Afghanistan, what do we make of a leaflet drop killing a young Afghan girl?

I say it’s a sign.  That it’s a mistake, and it’s time to get the hell out of there, cut our losses, go.

A leaflet drop.   That’s not even collateral damage, that’s God telling you that you shouldn’t be there, that the heavenly Department of Irony just kicked you in the teeth because you haven’t noticed all the OTHER obvious signs.   And for the family of the girl?   And her family’s friends and villagers?   Well you can only imagine what they think of those leaflets now.   After wiping their asses with them, they’re probably wrapping roadside bombs in them and doing everything they can to get back at the criminals who invaded their country and won’t leave.  Who could blame them?   I sure wouldn’t.   We killed one of their kids with a fucking leaflet drop.  

A YOUNG Afghan girl suffered fatal injuries after a box of public information leaflets, dropped from a British RAF transport aircraft over Helmand province, landed on top of her.

The incident has taken some time to emerge. The leaflet drop occurred on June 23. The crew of an RAF C130 Hercules had been flying over rural parts of the province to try to reach local people with a leaflet campaign.

The boxes of leaflets are supposed to open up in mid-air, scattering the literature over a wide area. “But on this occasion one of the boxes failed to open, and the young girl was hit,” an official said.

The girl is one of a long line of innocent victims of the war, with some 1,500 civilians killed by violence in Afghanistan so far this year.

Winning hearts and minds, one atrocity at a time.

Obviously, as today proved, what the American people think means absolutely nothing to our politicians.   They are ruled by people other than us.  So no matter how many people want us to get out of Afghanistan, we’re not getting out of Afghanistan until this country is completely bankrupt.

Which will be soon.

America, it was nice to know you.


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    • Inky99 on September 30, 2009 at 6:55 am

    I’m trying to ignore what happened today, because I thoroughly expected it, hell not even expected it but KNEW it was going to happen, but it still just infuriates me to no end, especially when I make the mistake of flipping by CNN for a few seconds and see them lead the story with not one but TWO Rethugs gloating.

    Gloating over depriving people of health insurance.  


    That’s who runs this country now.  People who deprive sick people of health insurance and get off on it.

    • Joy B. on September 30, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    In a country where there basically is NO educational system, and half the population – all the women and this little girl – are forced to live their lives inside portable tents and are murdered if they dare learn how to read?!! The poorest nation on the planet (in official terms), yet the primary producer and conduit for the opium that the so-called “first world” has been fighting wars to control for hundreds of years?!!

    Looks like a major trash campaign to me, though industrious villagers may gather the trash, roll it up, and use it to fuel their cooking fires. Probably works better and lasts longer than dung…


  1. meaning of course, get us out of there.


    nicely written, inky.

    • Edger on October 1, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    “aim for their hearts and minds”, I guess….. :-/

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