Left to right: Captain Bryce Duffy, Lance Corporal Luke Gavin and Corporal Ashley Brit. AAP (composite image)
Australians are paying attention this week because they just lost the three soldiers pictured here, raising that tough nation's toll in Afghanistan to 32. They have sent the largest non-NATO contingent, about 1500 troops. The numbers doesn't seem like many next to the U.S. troops killed -- as of Oct. 29 that's 1754. But these Australian deaths were of the sort bring the whole enterprise into question for home populations. The attack:
Yes, this was another one of those attacks which showed the foreign troops, again, that they cannot tell friend from foe in this ever-so-foreign land.
Australian commentators are wondering, as we do here so frequently, just what good it does to send their men to die in Afghanistan. Published under the headline "Expert Reactions" here's a little of their conversation:
It's extremely difficult for big powerful empires to cut their losses. Human beings and human societies find themselves chewed up in their wake.