Yesterday AP carried the story U.S. Airstrike Kills Dozens of Taliban. The story mentions that 17 civilians were killed as well--but while making the point, AP does not beat it to death. In fact, the article makes a point of putting those unfortunate casualties into perspective:
Kandahar Gov. Asadullah Khalid said the airstrike killed 16 civilians and wounded 16. "These sort of accidents happen during fighting, especially when the Taliban are hiding in homes," he said. "I urge people not to give shelter to the Taliban."The loss of innocent life is a terrible thing. It is noteworthy that AP put the situation into perspective.
...In the hospital, a man with blood on his turban and clothes said insurgents had been hiding in an Islamic religious school, or madrassa, in the village since the recent fierce fighting.
...U.S. military spokesman Col. Tom Collins said, "It's common that the enemy fights in close to civilians as a means to protect its own forces.
"We targeted a Taliban compound and we're certain we hit the right target," he told the AP.
Will it now do the same when Israel is forced to attack Palestinian terrorists who hide among civilians?