Regular readers will have figured out by now that I'm hardly a pacifist, and even that I think pacifism in some contexts is an intellectual cop-out and a moral disgrace. I even posted a theoretical disquisition on the subject a while back. So it should come as no surprise that I'm a supporter of the War on Terror or whatever it will now be renamed, so long as it carries on the campaign against the truly horrific Islamists who seek the destruction of the free world. I also assume, given what I know about history, that the American, British or Nato forces engaged in it are, generally speaking, reasonably fastidious in their attempts to limit the unnecessary ravages of war. Perhaps they could do better than they do - that's generally a sure thing in any human endeavor - but I'm not out to halt their important efforts by hampering them to distraction and total inefficiency.
Having said that, I was intrigued to read today that over the past year they have killed some 4,000 civilians in Afghanistan. Not in urban warfare, mind you. I'm not hearing all the sermons about proportionality, ratios of casualties, international law, genocidal campaigns, interventions by the Security Council, shocked outrage by the UN Secretary General, large demonstrations in European cities, and so-on.
Yes, of course I'm saying what you think I'm saying.