"We are afraid we will get bombed if we go home, because the soldiers won't know whether we are Taliban or not," said Lal Mohammed, 60, a Panjwai farmer, sitting in the rubble-strewn yard of a friend's home in western Kandahar.
...and why on earth would they think that?! Unless, of course, a substantial portion of the grossly inflated estimates of Taliban losses were actually civilians, fleeing from their homes in the first place?
Where is the debate in Canada about whether they want to be a nation responsible for destroying cities, even supposedly for the best of reasons, or for being a party to Vietnam-era body counts that conceal the death of innocent people? Where are the Canadians who support the depopulation of entire cities and regions of tens of thousands of civilians with brutal aerial bombing campaigns in order to bring peace to them?
Maybe this explains why Steven Harper found Israel's bombing campaign in Lebanon to be "measured" -- it was, in comparison to Canada's own actions.