April 5, 2013

Regarding the March 30 installment of “Faces of the Fallen”:

In reading the details of the tragic loss of these 45 young lives in Afghanistan last year, I was struck by the fact that an “Afghan policeman” or “Afghan police officer” was responsible in three separate cases (two occurred the same day, Aug. 10, but in different locations) for nine of the deaths and an “Afghan soldier” in two instances for four more.

These appalling incidents add a new dimension to the term friendly fire. This term has been used in the past in cases of accidental killings, but there is no accidenthere. One is tempted, in the face of such facts, to question whether the purported goal of the establishment of a democratic, terrorist-free regime in Afghanistan is being achieved after so many years of conflict, or whether it is even realistic.

Edward K. Kimmel, Arlington

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