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When I was called up for Military Service in Italy, I visited a couple of barracks - one in Catania and one in Messina in Sicily. They were both right in the heart of the city. Behind the base at Catania was the markets, and around it were shops. Above the shops were apartments. Messina was much the same, and I think many other Italian cities had bases in the city.

In Australia, the bases are either on the outskirts of the city or in the country areas. I imagine US and British bases and other military assets are stored away from the city (for space and real estate reasons I suppose). Thus it may seem odd for a American or British person to see a bomb hit a residential district.

I no way do I agree with or condone the bombing of civilian areas, but if the bases in Kabul are like some of the bases in Italy, if the bomb missed by 20 metres then a market place or apartment would be hit with many lives guaranteed to be lost. Even hitting the base could cause "collateral" damage.

I dont know why anyone would have military assets in a built up area, but it could be a "village walls mentality".

The "apology" by the Defence Dept is very 'weak' and serves more to inflame further anti-US sentiment.

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An apologee makes it OK ???? 555 Don Barone 14-Oct-01 12:29
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Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 164 Bent 14-Oct-01 17:38
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 166 John Carlo 14-Oct-01 19:34
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 159 John Carlo 14-Oct-01 19:34
Red Herring ? 186 Don Barone 14-Oct-01 20:54
Re: Red Herring ? 184 John Carlo 14-Oct-01 21:04
Understood !!!!! (N/T) 162 Red Herring 14-Oct-01 21:27
Re: Red Herring ? 176 Bent 15-Oct-01 01:18
Re: Neutral observer 197 Geoff 15-Oct-01 02:46
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 171 John Carlo 14-Oct-01 19:26
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 177 Marc Ellis 14-Oct-01 22:09
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 155 John Carlo 14-Oct-01 23:30
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 172 Marc Ellis 15-Oct-01 00:45
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 197 Geoff 15-Oct-01 03:04
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 180 lydia 14-Oct-01 20:37
Re: Red Herring ? 232 Red Herring 15-Oct-01 02:31
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 182 jules 15-Oct-01 04:47
Re: The art of war.... 182 Skynet 15-Oct-01 07:22
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 166 Pat 15-Oct-01 07:44
"re: propaganda war" 384 jules 15-Oct-01 08:57


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