CNN reports that more civilians have been killed by United States-led forces. The Iraqi police say that 11 civilians, including 5 children, were killed in the strike. The U.S. military said that the number was only four, including two women, one child, and a suspected insurgent.
Only four innocents dead? Oh, well then that's okay. What a relief.
Strangely, a reporter from the Associated Press says that the air strike flattened a house, destroyed three cars, and killed 11 people. Pictures show two dead men, five dead children, and four other unidentified covered bodies. That must mean that both the Iraqi police and the AP reporter were lying, since there's no way the U.S. military would bullshit us, would they?
This sort of thing really pisses me off. Was all this carnage, death, and destruction totally necessary? Just to catch or kill one suspected insurgent?
Normally, I couldn't give a crap who got killed in some Middle East shithole. All these religious factions arguing and killing each other over miniscule differences in ideology doesn't make me warm to anyone over there. But instances of innocent people being killed in “collateral damage” occur too often. The lives of these people, regardless of their race, culture, and beliefs, are just as valuable and precious as anyone else's.