New Toon: War Marketeers!
Inspired by a quote from a recent New York Times piece, "Civilian Casualties Undermine Allies' War on Taliban":
The subject of civilian casualties was the source of intense discussion on Wednesday in Brussels when the NATO secretary general, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, met with the North Atlantic Council, the top representatives of the coalition. But the conversation was less about how to reduce casualties, according to participants, than about how to explain them to European governments.And...
“If your mortars are not getting you out, you call in close air support and that will be less precise,” said one senior American official who follows the action in Afghanistan closely. “We know that the Taliban hide in villages. The job that we have not done as well is making it clear to European publics that it’s the Taliban who are exploiting the civilians.”
In other words: we don't need to try harder to avoid killing, torturing and bombing the crap out civilians, we just need to spin it better!