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Actually, it seems to me that this is racist behavior on the part of the Defense Department. After all, those dinky little Pashtuns and other tribesmen couldn't possibly be pursuing a rational strategy of fear and attrition against the people they see as western occupiers.
It would have to be that we are doing something insensitive to provoke their parochial little brains to a frenzy.
Pat the nice Pashtun on the head; they don't know any better (and they also like watermelon I hear).