“Unpopular”? But why?

al-Qaeda, Taliban Suicide Attacks Unpopular in Afghanistan
The stepped-up terror campaign in Afghanistan does not sit well with the locals

Bill Roggio at Threats Watch notes a core problem with the typical terrorist offensive:

There have been three suicide attacks in the last week alone, two in Kandahar and one in Spin Boldak. Twenty Afghanis were killed in Spin Boldak when a suicide bomber drove a motorcycle into a crown attending a wrestling match during a celebration of the Muslim festival of Eid. Strategy Page reports there have been well over two dozen such attacks in the past four months and the blame is being laid at the feet of the Pakistani government for not doing enough to stop al-Qaeda and the Taliban from attacking Afghanistan.

The attack in Spin Boldak has sparked an uncommon organized protest in Afghanistan. According to the BBC and other sources, the crowds protested with cries of “death to Pakistan, death to al-Qaeda and death to the Taliban.”

Now, we’ve recently been talking about how American tactics sometimes get non-terrorists killed. And while I will certainly agree that we need to do everything within reason that we can to avoid this, it’s quite clear that our mission isn’t to kill civilians. Killing civilians is the primary tactic of the terrorist.

Critics would like to pretend that US soldiers are equivalent to terrorists and that George Bush is equivalent to Osama bin Laden, but it’s pretty clear that no such equivalencies exist.