News Related to the Triple-Standard*

From the VOA:

NATO on Thursday acknowledged that coalition and Afghan troops killed a number of civilians during a joint operation in eastern Afghanistan, and said it deeply regrets the loss of life.

Alliance officials said the complete casualty toll is uncertain, but that at least four, and possibly a dozen or more civilians died before dawn Thursday in Nangarhar province.  

Local officials said at least 26 civilians were killed during two separate incidents.  Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered an investigation.

The question is, when will we begin hearing international calls for commercial boycotts of NATO countries in response to their wanton aggression against Afghan civilians?

*"Triple-standard," and not double-standard, because there are, in fact, three standards by which the nations of the world are judged; dictatorships are judged by a lenient standard; the U.S., and its European allies, are judged by a harsher standard, and Israel is judged by the harshest standard of all.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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