Afghanistan is upset at us. Understandable.
A reported 16 civilians were killed in an overnight operation in Afghanistan Saturday night. This caused angry protests and increased tensions between Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and the United States.
Fox News says, "Karzai said the killing of innocent Afghans during U.S. military operations 'is strengthening the terrorists.'" If only our own leaders would admit that fact! After experiencing 9/11, we should realize the rage and the motivation that civilian deaths can give to a group of people. As Shane Claiborne points out in Jesus For President, imagine 100 9/11's, and that is what the Iraqi's have experienced. But after so much emphasis has been put on Iraq, we forget that civilian deaths are experienced in Afghanistan as well, and this will ignite anti-American emotions.
It is no surprise that the past 7+ years since 9/11 we have totally botched our response to that tragic day. We have not found and killed Bin Laden, but instead have taken out two countries and killed hundreds of thousands of civilians. We have become more involved in the Middle East than ever before, which is a direct reason we were attacked on 9/11.
I have heard from a number of friends who have studied or traveled abroad (as well as from some of the international students I work with) that outside of the United States it has been Democratic and Obama-fever for the past couple years. Is it really a mystery why? He ran as the peace candidate! He said he would pull us out of Iraq, and that is all they wanted to hear. Now, granted he will continue our foreign intervention, the point is that across the world people are sick of the United State's military interventions. We should be as well.