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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 ???? 430 Don Barone 14-Oct-01 12:29
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Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 128 Bent 14-Oct-01 17:38
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 129 John Carlo 14-Oct-01 19:34
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 121 John Carlo 14-Oct-01 19:34
Red Herring ? 147 Don Barone 14-Oct-01 20:54
Re: Red Herring ? 149 John Carlo 14-Oct-01 21:04
Understood !!!!! (N/T) 127 Red Herring 14-Oct-01 21:27
Re: Red Herring ? 138 Bent 15-Oct-01 01:18
Re: Neutral observer 158 Geoff 15-Oct-01 02:46
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 134 John Carlo 14-Oct-01 19:26
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 132 Marc Ellis 14-Oct-01 22:09
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 118 John Carlo 14-Oct-01 23:30
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 134 Marc Ellis 15-Oct-01 00:45
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 156 Geoff 15-Oct-01 03:04
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 143 lydia 14-Oct-01 20:37
Re: Red Herring ? 182 Red Herring 15-Oct-01 02:31
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 142 jules 15-Oct-01 04:47
Re: The art of war.... 134 Skynet 15-Oct-01 07:22
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 129 Pat 15-Oct-01 07:44
"re: propaganda war" 295 jules 15-Oct-01 08:57


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