Yet still, civilians have been wounded and killed -- not exactly by accident. A little-remarked fact of war against Islamic fundamentalists is that they use civilians (Muslims!) as shields. They even use holy places, such as mosques, as shields for stationing their troops and storing their weapons. This use of civilians as shields takes place in the Palestinian territories, where the death of civilians is used as propaganda against the Israel Defense Forces, and, of course, in Iraq and Afghanistan, where the death of innocents is seen as a propaganda triumph against us.
Islamic fundamentalists not only use civilians as shields but also target them with roadside bombs and -- even grislier -- with suicide bombers attacking bazaars and cafes. The strategic purpose is to create dissension and demoralization among the citizenry. People familiar with warfare against Islamic fundamentalists know this. Surely Hamid Karzai, D-Chicago, knows this. He also knows that our airstrikes are nixed if our monitors perceive civilians in targeted areas. Likewise, our troops hold their fire when the enemy is using civilians -- often women and children -- as shields while the brutes travel through the country, planting bombs and planning ambushes. Nonetheless, he assists them in spreading the propaganda that we are responsible for civilian deaths.
Over the weekend, he opened the Afghan Parliament with a diatribe. It was not against the Taliban, who are in insurrection against his government, but against our troops, who are training his army, pursuing the Taliban and trying to hand over a secure Afghanistan to him. He brought along a picture of a young Afghan girl who lost her family during a mid-February strike by our forces against suspected Taliban. Now that is a bit of public relations wizardry, but it is at the expense of his protectors and on behalf of his enemies. His protectors, led by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, have apologized for their involvement in civilian deaths. His enemies who have put the civilians in harm's way apologize for nothing.
Reviewing his presidency and its corruption, ineptitude and arrant stupidity, I am convinced of the aptness of thinking of President Hamid Karzai as Hamid Karzai, D-Chicago. Perhaps this year, the Democrats will ask him to speak at one of their Jackson Day dinners.