Here are some articles and websites regarding the deaths of innocent people, including women and children, caused by US airstrikes and bombings: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/07/world/asia/07afghan.html?ref=asia Civilian Victims of United States' Aerial Bombing of Afghanistan The Wedding Crashers: U.S. Jets Have Bombed Five Ceremonies in Afghanistan | War on Iraq | AlterNet These are just a few of these events. Not to mention innocent people shot like those at the massacre of al-Haditha. My opinion is that collateral damage is absolutely unacceptable. Those responsible for issuing the order or, as in the case of the Marines in al-Haditha, those directly responsible should be punished publicly. For two reasons: 1. To attempt to prevent such wrongs from occurring again, and 2. To demonstrate that the US doesn't tolerate the killings of innocent people. This saps the will to fight of the enemy is they see that their enemy (us) is not so bad after all, and it reduces the enemy's ability to recruit when people realize that the US is not so bad after all. The US government should also pay reparations to those affected by unwarranted or mistaken attacks. I know that its a lousy consolation, but what else can we do. I understand that these sort of things happen during war: its inevitable. Which is one reason why I think we should avoid war at almost any cost (except for wars like WWII). Just look at what this war on terror has cost the US, thousands of lives, billions of dollars, the good will of much of the developed world, and two quagmires: Afghanistan and the Taliban, and Iraq and the insurgents. And now this is spilling over into Pakistan and Iran. We seem to be creating more terrorists than killing. What is your opinion: Is collateral damage acceptable? Why? Is a war on terror which causes terror a moral and righteous war? If so, why? Should the US issue reparations to the families of the victims of such incidences? Why not?