(Original post by AndroidLight)
So tell me, how many 'Taliban' have died since 2000? The answer is you haven't a clue.
No. And neither do our governments. Or our media. And I even doubt the Taliban do. What's your point?
In bringing in the leaks, what they also show is that often when civilians are killed men are often classified as enemies or insurgents with the women/kids as civilians.
To what 'leaks' do you refer? I've not come across one which has twisted civilian casualties to mean "insurgents", and I'd advise you to refrain from groundless comments such as this one.
My point is simple. War is not pretty and if there was even decent media attention (which won't be allowed to happen), there would be serious outcry over the war.
The only cases where there have been "serious outcries" over a major war was over the initiation of Iraq (where people were crazily protesting whether they knew Saddam had WMDs or not), and during Vietnam (which was right in my view) considering the atrocities of My Lai, 'Operation Speedy Express' and the unprecedented number of civilian and military casualities on both sides. As I said,
like this has come to light through the War Logs
. There have been no massacres, there have been no butcherings, there have not been hundreds of villages burned to the ground in a "no villages, no guerrilas" scheme, there has been no 'Agent Orange'. The conflict in Afghanistan is nothing special in terms of breach of war crimes. Every war will unfortunatley involve a few, but in Afghanistan they're minimal. If anyone even thought about protesting against the intervention in Afghanistan on such petty grounds they'd be actively promoting the resurgence of Afghanistan as the largest terrorist state on earth.
An example of what I'm talking about is Israel when it decided to bomb Gaza to the ground during January 2009 in the so called war. They immediately banned any journos from being anywhere near. Why? The answer is simple.
Yes, because there was - and still is - a blockade. Also, I repeat my point above. No state or media body could have thorough concern for their employees' wellbeing if they allowed them to go behind enemy lines. It's just not feasible.