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News & Views of Phillips Since 1976
Sunday March 3rd 2024

A Frank Reflection

By Frank Erickson

“Your Intention is not to kill civilians?”

“Yes, that is correct.”

“But you ”˜war”' in a manner that does kill civilians”¦but you are not intentionally killing them?”

“Yes, that is correct.”

“Do you feel that your freedom to kill civilians has your troops fighting in a way that will endanger and kill civilians?”

“No.”

“So ”˜war”' gives you the freedom to kill civilians and this is not intentional, it is part of the process of ”˜war”', it is not you killing them?”

“That is right, in ”˜war”' there will be civilian casualties.”

“Members of your family?”

“No, no, no, none of my family members will be civilian casualties of the ”˜war”' in Afghanistan.”

“Why not, why not move your family to the ”˜war zone”' while you fight this war in Afghanistan?”

“Why would I do that, that would be crazy.”

“Because if ”˜war”' produces civilian casualties, why not provide a few possible civilian casualties, kind of a ”˜war”' contribution, instead of buying ”˜war”' bonds, you could provide civilian casualties.”

“I find that very disrespectful to me and my family.”

“Sorry about that, Commander”¦you call the entire country of Afghanistan a ”˜war zone”', but this is an area where millions of people call home and live, isn”'t calling their homeland a ”˜war zone”' intentionally putting them in your cross hairs?”

“No, our intention is not to kill civilians.”

“But you believe you have the right to ”˜war”' where they live, which in turn endangers them and gets them killed.”

“Again, I will say, our intention is not to kill civilians.”

“Yet you appear to show no respect for their lives, their very existence, putting them in danger by turning their homeland into a ”˜war zone”'”¦which is somehow not intentional, Commander. NATO killed two boys in southern Afghanistan, the Associated Press on March 2 said you ”˜accidentally killed”' the boys. Can such reckless, irresponsible, and lethal violence be defined as accidental?”

“This interview is over.”

“Commander, wait, your hat!”

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