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We often have a Day of Mourning for victims of a shooting on campus or in a school.

If Obama would declare a Day of Mourning for this greater number of Afghani men, women and children inadvertently killed in this latest and gravest air strike, it might show the world that Americans don't just care about American dead or the foreign dead caused by America's perceived enemies.

Hat tip to RAWA.

Such an Day of Mourning would also give cause for thought about the seriousness of choosing the war option over many other possible ways and methods to achieve the desired goals.

Alternately, Veteran Peace organizations, conjointly with other peace activist groups, could declare a Day of Mourning in the name of all Americans, even those in favor of war.

Those of us abreast of the suffering and dedicated to ending the wars and all body counts, are mourning the horror of this air strike and feeling frustration and sorrow, awakened to our personal slice of public acquiescence and complicity in homicidal and unwanted occupation of other nations of people who are our fellow human beings.

Readers who have not kept up with the latest news, may click on the May 15th New York Times front page article with photo of girl with burns recovering in hospital, if wishing to read the whole article.

FARAH, Afghanistan - The number of civilians killed by the American airstrikes in Farah Province last week may never be fully known. But villagers, including two girls recovering from burn wounds, described devastation that officials and human rights workers are calling the worst episode of civilian casualties in eight years of war in Afghanistan.

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"We were very nervous and afraid and my mother said, 'Come quickly, we will go somewhere and we will be safe,' " said Tillah, 12, recounting from a hospital bed how women and children fled the bombing by taking refuge in a large compound, which was then hit.

The bombs were so powerful that people were ripped to shreds. Survivors said they collected only pieces of bodies. Several villagers said that they could not distinguish all of the dead and that they never found some of their relatives.

Government officials have accepted handwritten lists compiled by the villagers of 147 dead civilians. An independent Afghan human rights group said it had accounts from interviews of 117 dead. American officials say that even 100 is an exaggeration but have yet to issue their own count

Afghan" target="_blank">click here Villagers Describe Chaos of U.S. Strikes

A National Day of Mourning would indeed be appropriate.

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