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Pentagon Knows Large Percentages of "Smart" Bombs Malfunction and Civilian Deaths Are a Certainty

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An article in yesterday’s Washington Post begins: "Breakfast was simple, but late. Days of bombing had left the Khalil family sleepless. When a respite arrived at noon today, a moment of ease in an uneasy time, they sat down, picking anxiously at boiled eggs, tomatoes and bread.

“Nine-year-old Shahid told stories, and her 12-year-old brother, Ahmed, laughed. The older family members, with harrowing memories of bombings in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, sat uneasily, their silence an eloquent testament to worry.

“Then a whisper sounded, ever so slight. In seconds, the house was shattered by a cruise missile, the family said. Um Aqeel, the mother of five children, and her daughter-in-law Sahar, were killed. Two sons and a daughter were wounded.

"Hours later, weary and angry, Aqeel, the oldest son, looked out at his bandaged siblings laying dazed in their hospital beds."

He shouted, "'There are no soldiers in my home, there's no gun in my home! How can God accept this?"

As civilian casualties mount, we’re joined right now by Hadi Ghaemi, an independent researcher and former physics professor.

  • Hadi Ghaemi, researcher with CESR and former professor of physics at the City University of New York. (He is currently working on a book about the cultural revolution in Iran.)

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