In Pakistan an account of life with the Taliban has emerged from a 13-year-old girl called Meena, who says her own family tried to turn her into a suicide bomber.
If I copied and quoted all of the important parts and quotes, I would end up copying the whole thing. You really need to read this. It is an amazing inside look at the senseless brutality and warped thinking of radical Islamic terrorists.
I would like to comment of several things. First, note that this is Pakistan, not Afghanistan. I missed that at first.
My main point of discussion is the air strike that killed the militants. Except for a chance of fate, the person being interviewed would have been killed as well. It seems that the attack was by helicopter gunship, which means that it was a Pakistani army operation and not an American drone strike. But this scenario has surely been repeated many times with an American finger on the trigger.
We have killed hundreds of innocent civilians, just like Meena, in our attacks on Taliban militants. This is an undisputed fact. The question we need to be asking is: "Is it worth the cost?" I think that it is, but I also think that we do not need to be the ones doing the shooting. Instead of launching the drones ourselves, we should be lending them to Pakistan and then giving the Pakistani government whatever intel we manage to collect. Then they can be the ones who make the choice about how many Meenas to kill in order to stop the suicide bombings.