More than six “suicide attacks” in recent weeks in Afghanistan – Kabul, Khost, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Kunduz and Faryab – have taken the lives of around 200 ordinary Afghans working for a living on a daily basis.
But should they be called suicides or homicides?
“There is a pattern. As the counter-insurgency takes momentum, and the Taliban get weaker, we get more suicide attacks, particularly on civilian targets …and it’s happening as the General in a hurry (hinting towards Gen. Petraeus) is being applauded for shortening the long war — so these attacks on Afghan civilians have an international impact as well,” said one of the Kabul-based news publishers.
It seems that whenever the Afghan government seems to be making progress in terms of its security, there are more attacks even in the relatively calm regions that can destabilize that area.
The terror created by the TV video of the attacks on the Kabul Bank in Jalalabad is on the faces of all local Afghans. Some thought that such a merciless momentum of killing civilians cannot go on. But it has.
Suicide or homicide – no matter it is still terrorism which the current Administration cannot seem to understand. The definition of terrorism – that is.