This is a war, folks. Bombed out buildings, casualties, they're all part of war. No surprises here.
Let's be honest, we're going light on Afghanistan. The sad thing about my generation is how weak we have become - take a look at Berlin in April of 1945, that was destruction. Do you honestly think we worried about collateral damage back then? We bombed the Nazi regime into complete and utter submission. We hit them with everything we had, and if we'd had a nuclear device before they fell, we probably would have used it. Was that the actions of an evil government?
The answer, to anyone with a clear sense of history, is no.
We did what we had to, because the short term loss of a few hundred thousands meant the salvation of millions. We could negiotiate with the Taliban, yes, but how many more would die while we tried such a futile gesture.
It would not be surprising that for every 1 casualty of our US airstrikes, the Taliban execute 5 Afghanis. They shelled Kabul in their revolution without regard for human life. They are the ones who deserve the utmost condemnation, not the United States.
The fact is, we've forgotten that freedom requires vigilence and sacrifice to be maintained. Yes, people will die in this war, on both sides. But their deaths have meaning - and if we can eradicate the scourge of the Taliban from this Earth thousands more lives can be saved. That's what war truly looks like.