Abdul Waheed Wafa and Mark McDonald report at the New York Times:
An airstrike by United States-led forces killed 40 civilians and wounded 28 others after it hit a wedding party in Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Wednesday. The casualties included women and children, the officials said.
At his news conference Wednesday, Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, referred to civilian casualties in the attack on Sha Wali Kot. “The fight against terrorism cannot be won by bombardment of our villages,” Mr. Karzai said. “My first demand from the new president of the United states when he takes his office will be to end the civilian casualties and take the fight to where the nests and sanctuaries are,” he said.
Exactly what is it about wedding parties that turns them into such tempting targets?
Is it an unconscious urge to make preemptive strikes against Middle-Easterners to keep them from propagating?
Hey, the theory is no less called for than the strikes.