Book Review: Building Pipelines, Supporting Warlords and Bleeding Afghans
Written by Richard Alan Leach
Wednesday, 21 March 2007
Less than four weeks after 9/11, on October 7, 2001, the US attacked Afghanistan in the opening salvo of what was later justified as a new “war on terror.” The US dropped more than 10,000 bombs, including air strikes from B-2 and B-52 stealth bombers and cruise missiles from submarines in the Arabian Sea.
During a period that ultimately led to between 3000-3400 civilians killed (1) outright – and thousands more from starvation and disease as a direct consequence of the attack – then US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was asked by an admiring press corps if the US was running out of targets. He responded with a characteristic quip: “Weâ€™re not running out of targets. Afghanistan is.” The assembled journalists thought this …