So I was reading about the failed military rescue of a British Aid Worker. Her family came out and thanked the military for trying and didn’t hold them accountable. That was very kind of them, and very appropriate.
The problem was: She was there to begin with.
We have this sense or idea that it’s ok for humanitarian workers, aid workers, contractors, media to be present and involved in a war zone. Why? Why does society think they have some need or right to be putting unarmed and untrained people into harm’s way?
The major burden for this is the amount of resources to protect or attempt rescue of these people. The military has a war to fight. Agree with the war or not – irrelevant. Bottom line – we don’t have the time or resources to dedicate to rescuing civilians and providing security to people that just don’t need to be there.
Yes they do good work. I am not downplaying the importance of that. Wait until the war is over and go in and do your thing.
Foreign civilian of any type should NOT be in Afghanistan. Period.