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For a reporter to have the 'privilege' of being invited to Afghanistan right now, the reporter would have to put a favourable 'spin' in favour of the Taliban. They would be escorted to scenes that demonstrate the civilian deaths and destruction. They know the west would react more to women and children than to seeing men screaming - hence the unveiled woman.

As for the civilians, with the ban on radio and television by the Taliban, there would be little knowledge when an immenent attack would take place. The Taliban I imagine would have been informed or would know but passing it on to the locals may not have been high on their agenda.

As for packing and leaving the area - during world war two in Sicily, my grandparents apparently stuck around in the village when the Allies were kicking the Germans out. It wouldnt have been in their mentality to pack and leave, as their whole 'world' from birth to death was the village. I imagine most Afghans live a 'village life'. The ones that do evacuate are probably the ones who have had their town destroyed.

Myself, I'd fill up the car with fuel and go into the bush as well if there was an immenent attack.

As much as I have been rambling that USA is bad for the bombing etc etc, the Taliban did fail to organise evacuation of the civilians - and thus they must take much responsibily for these deaths too. At this point, the Islamic groups (taliban, bin laden etc) have scored a lot of propaganda points.

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An apologee makes it OK ???? 344 Don Barone 14-Oct-01 12:29
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 97 RandyK 14-Oct-01 13:05
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 85 Rivz33 14-Oct-01 17:26
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 105 penny 14-Oct-01 21:40
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 100 Bent 14-Oct-01 17:38
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 102 John Carlo 14-Oct-01 19:34
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 93 John Carlo 14-Oct-01 19:34
Red Herring ? 118 Don Barone 14-Oct-01 20:54
Re: Red Herring ? 120 John Carlo 14-Oct-01 21:04
Understood !!!!! (N/T) 99 Red Herring 14-Oct-01 21:27
Re: Red Herring ? 110 Bent 15-Oct-01 01:18
Re: Neutral observer 128 Geoff 15-Oct-01 02:46
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 107 John Carlo 14-Oct-01 19:26
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 102 Marc Ellis 14-Oct-01 22:09
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 90 John Carlo 14-Oct-01 23:30
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 107 Marc Ellis 15-Oct-01 00:45
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 126 Geoff 15-Oct-01 03:04
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 115 lydia 14-Oct-01 20:37
Re: Red Herring ? 152 Red Herring 15-Oct-01 02:31
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 114 jules 15-Oct-01 04:47
Re: The art of war.... 107 Skynet 15-Oct-01 07:22
Re: An apologee makes it OK ???? 100 Pat 15-Oct-01 07:44
"re: propaganda war" 230 jules 15-Oct-01 08:57

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