The violence sweeping the Muslim world reached Afghanistan yesterday. Ten South African pilots and crew under contract with the U.S. government in a program called “embassy air” were among the 14 killed in a suicide bombing. The New York Times has the details:
“A spokesman for an Afghan insurgent group, Hezb-i-Islami, claimed responsibility for the bombing and said it was carried out by an 18-year-old woman “in response to the film insulting the Prophet Muhammad and Islam.” . . .The deaths in Kabul on Tuesday were the first here so far connected to the video, and came as the authorities cracked down on attempted street demonstrations and asked Internet providers to block sites hosting a clip of the film, posted under the name “Innocence of Muslims,” shutting down access to Google, YouTube and Gmail in the process.
With embassies ransacked, violent anti-American protests spreading, the Syrian conflict undecided, and a looming Iranian nuclear threat, Obama’s attention has strayed from the unpopular and forgotten war in Afghanistan.While U.S. soldiers are being killed by their supposed allies, military bases are being infiltrated by suicide commandos, and the strategy put in place to win the war has been suspended, President Obama’s “good war” is a war he has studiously avoided discussing during election season. That has to change.