If civilians are recklessly bombed and no one is there to see it, did it still happen? President Trump, who made incendiary comments during the campaign about killing the families of terrorists, has ordered “significant changes” in the military campaign against ISIS in order to “annihilate” them. But these changes seem to have brought about a significant rise in civilian deaths as a result of US-led coalition strikes, which has led the UN to call on the US to review its approach in fighting ISIS. It now appears the US is moving to reduce transparency on who precisely is responsible when civilians are killed in this fight. We get that there are difficult decisions to make when trying to eliminate a ruthless group like ISIS, but in a democratic society, transparency can’t be on the chopping board. We think these are tough strategic and moral issues we have to tackle together as an informed citizenry.
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