August 10th, 2010
10:14 AM ET
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. dwight huth

    My problem with this issue is the fact that 10 Doctors with all that education has 0 common sense. What were they thinking??? The word is going to spread about the American Doctors who are helping Afgans. They were targeted because they were American and helping the poor. I just can't believe that Doctors would take those kinds of risks in a combat zone without some kind of protection. They were definitely targeted because they were helping the people and the Taliban don't like that, they just kill the people because they are pathetic POS.

    August 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Educate Me Not

    Me– You sure seems likes a smart falla. We's should listen to's you's.

    August 12, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Veritas

    Smallpox usually requires fairly prolonged face-to-face contact to spread. It's most often transmitted in air droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. In rare instances, airborne virus may spread further, possibly through the ventilation system in a building, infecting people in other rooms or on other floors. Smallpox can also spread through contact with contaminated clothing and bedding, although the risk of infection from these sources is slight.

    August 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Me

    We are all guilty – deal with it.... god ain't got noth'en to do with it...

    August 12, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. asdfg

    for as long as there are folks silly (or/and stupid?!) enough to venture into dangerous places wherein they know they're not welcome to begin with, there will be massacres like this...if the people these missionaries were helping really cared for them, they would have come to their rescue but they didn't...this only proves that afghans (and this is true of the pakistanis as well) will gladly take whatever assistance are extended to them, but will not make any attempt to assist those same people that are extending the assistance to them...moral of the story, get all foreigners out of there and let them sort out their own problems.

    August 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • dwight huth

      Good post and you are absolutely correct. These people are stupid anyway and really are not worth the trouble or effort. They are still in the 17th century because of their lack of intellect and their stupid obsession with Islam.

      August 13, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Abou_Ayman

    August 12, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
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  8. Neutron

    It is quite unfortunate to read some of the comments made, it is however an faith strengthening event, because what ever happens is basically what needs to happen irrespective. God will come to rid the earth of all wickedness no man can solve man's problems this like many of you are saying is history repeating itself. the king of the north fighting the king of the south!

    August 12, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Spell Check

    Spell check people, use it. I realize most of your comments are either incorrect or illogical anyway, but at least spell the words correctly so we can more easily tell which is which.

    August 12, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. Robrob

    Any number of possibilites; they were murdered because they were there, because they were preaching, because someone thought they had money, because they were an easy target, because it sent a message, etc...

    August 12, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. folk44

    we need to get out of afghanistan now. It isn't working, it won't work. To stay longer is folly and the american people sense this.

    August 12, 2010 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. da Pod

    Just put the religion down and take ten steps back. We don't want anyone hurt.

    August 12, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. The sane guy

    Some good points here but also some wacky crap . . .

    – First off – They have NEVER tolerated foreigners on their soil, regardless of intentions
    – They have been at war with each other/someone else since history first started being recorded
    – If you are on a medical humanitarian mission that is supported by a christian group, you are an infidel christian and you will suffer the consequences, regardless.Means nothing to them..don't matter if you are preaching/trying to convert, etc . . .
    – I say leave them to their own fate but keep a close eye on them and when we have to, do something about it , no holds barred.Sitting there now there is no way that we can bomb a country "into the stone age" that is already in the stone age.That won't win this war.
    It's a waste of time/lives/money – you name it . . .

    August 11, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Brian Troxel

    Islam is the breeding ground of such hatred and violence, men with no IQ to think for themselves do the dirty work

    August 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nelson

    I wouldn't intentionally throw caution to the wind and walk through a crime ridden, dangerous part of town without either having a gun on me or being in the company of a police escort. Afghanistan is a war zone, and by anyone's account a far more dangerous, hostile environment than "the projects". If civilian contractors in Iraq, yet another war zone, have to be accompanied by armed escorts in order to ensure their security and to be able to carry out their work, why didn't these aid workers? Some have argued, quite unconvincingly, that in order to win the confidence of the locals and effectively assimilate into the culture without attracting the attention of radicals, brandishing weaponry is ill-advised and that's why they chose to operate the way they did. Yeah, that seems to have worked real well. Seems like for all their idealistic fervor, these people, God rest their souls, were either lacking in basic common sense or they got their intel from an unreliable source...

    August 11, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  16. dee

    I believe the Taliban did this in order to obliterate any 'good' contact with foreigners. Extremists, irrespective of religion/place, are most effective when they can present themselves as 'better' than their enemy. Many do this by control mechanisms, and some use the control of 'dispensing' safety/favors/education/health care. We (the west) may have allowed these civilians to work in a war zone because of the 'positive PR' it gives western culture. The Taliban may have killed them for the exact same reason: it's critical to Taliban success for westerners to be seen as bringers of destruction and danger, not health and (in this case) sight. The proselytizing issue is a canard.

    August 11, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  17. bbobg

    A lot of people commenting here that a)believe that no matter what Christianity or US is at fault. 2) Cite past transgressions as an excuse 3) use the same logic as those who did the killing. Interesting thing is that they will claim to be antiwar, antiviolence and not denounce the killers. I have tried to rationalize this type of thinking, but always fail.

    August 11, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  18. qp

    Have any of the families of these aid workers come out and acted as if this outcome was something that they had never thought about or feared? I see several posts acting as if these people had no clue as to where they were. They were indeed in a war zone, they were indeed helping Afghan citizens with the basics of life. I guess most people NEVER do anything for others because they fear what will happen to them. Question- Do you feed homeless? Answer- No way I would have to go to part of town know for crime? Do you visit the elderly?- No those people are are sick and I could catch something. Do you help contribute to World anything but a few posts on the internet? I think as most of you sit in your moms basement today maybe you can think about how to be a productive part of society and not waste your time trying to smeer the devoted lives of these workers.

    August 11, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Let's Think

    Being a Christian had no barring on them being killed. How many American non-soliders have been tortured or killed (that we have heard of) that had no direct affiliation to a relgious group? (that we knew of) If the Taliban see a group of Americans in a car in a War Zone you think they'll stop them and go, "Oh your Atheist! Why didn't you say so! Please go ahead. Have a coupon for a free Egg McMuffin." A little common sense, please.

    August 11, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Braveheart

    My question to the Muslim population would be that if Islam is the greatest religion anyone has ever known, then why are they so worried (to the point they have to kill people) that any Muslims would bother to convert anyway! I guess it just goes to show you that Muslim clerics obviously know how easy it is to convert (brainwash and a light rinse) illiterate people and they want exclusive rights to do so and we should not be using their tactics.

    August 11, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Tax

    Unless you were there you have no way of knowing what happen or why. Unfortunately someone did not listen to there own security protocol or warnings and the unexpected happened. It is tragic but coud have possibly been avoided. IF you havene walked the walk how can you even make some of the comments posted here?

    August 11, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hank

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  22. df312

    What I don't quite understand is why civilians are allowed to run around a war zone at will. This happened in Vietnam, too. You didn't see any civvies at the Battle of the Bulge or Iwo Jima.

    August 11, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • qp

      Its been a war zone for 100s of years.

      August 11, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Well said, the average Afghan is a civilian not a terrorist and they are the ones who will suffer most from this.

        August 12, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Big Bob

    You're an idiot, Lee!

    The goons on that so-called "aid ship" were jihadists! Go to the video tape and thank your lucky stars that we have Isreal as a buffer from Islam. Once Isreal falls, the West will collapse like dominos...

    August 11, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  24. Lee Oates

    NATO and the US forces will never resolve the situation, same as the Russians failed to pacify the situation. Did we learn nothing from Vietnam.?

    August 11, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  25. CommanderBill

    I am very sympathetic and grieving for the slain aid workers. However Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous areas of the world. The Taliban are fanatic murders that kill women and children as a matter of policy. It should be of no surprise if foreign workers are murdered. Afghanistan no place for aid workers until NATO and US forces resolve the situation.

    August 11, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  26. Lee Oates

    Most likely it was much like Israel's attack on the Gaza Aid ships, where they slaughtered 9 unarmed men in an illegal attack in international waters, and were supported by the US. What goes around comes around.

    August 11, 2010 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Dee Bass

      Lee: The Israeli commandos attacked ONLY after they were attacked mercilessly with clubs & knives. What were theyt supposed to do, just take it? They boarded that ship to inspect it for rockets being sent to Hamas in Gaza. Once again, what is Israel supposed to do, just let the weapons in to spill more Israeli blood? Never, ever again.

      August 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  27. agila ng davao

    (Isa 57:1) The righteous one perishes, and no one lays it to heart; yea, merciful men are gathered, with no one discerning that the righteous is gathered from the face of evil.

    (Isa 57:2) He shall enter peace; they shall rest on their couches, walking in his uprightness.

    August 11, 2010 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  28. Debbers

    How in the name of anything holy can health aid workers be guilty of anything but compassion, concern, and caring???Any "religiious" organization who seeks to punish others for doing what these peope did for others, taking nothing in return, should be ground into the dirt and wiped out of existence. There is no honor in taking these innocent lives. The Taliban has no honor, only sick, twisted ideologies that prey on the fears of the intimidated people they rule. They must be punished by their own who should rise up and destroy them.

    August 10, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheetah

      No one is questioning their level of compassion, concern, and caring. Their sanity however, is another story. These people were not innocent, they were in fact guilty of willingly entering into a war zone unarmed, without being in the company of an armed escort, and knowing that their presence would attract the attention of the Taliban. You are right to say that there is no honor in taking innocent lives, but you are wrong if you think they didn't know that what they were doing would increase their risk of being killed exponentially, and without any necessity, as they had every opportunity to take the necessary precautions to safeguard their security before they ever stepped foot on Afghan soil.

      August 10, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  29. duh

    1> they were in a war zone
    2> they are flaunting their christian taliban ways
    3> all non afghanistans are possible spies
    really? why were the idiots hiking on the Iran border targeted?

    August 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Smith in Oregon

    Why? Probably because one of the village elders or leaders observed or heard the medical team citing bible versions and quoting the Christian bible, then called upon the Taliban to come and investigate the possible infraction. The Taliban came as requested, investigated, interrogated and judged the entire medical team minus their Islamic driver were guilty of trying to convert their Islamic patients to Christianity and executed them.

    August 10, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      I agree, it was a kangaroo court with trumped up charges.

      August 12, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Neil J

    Why were they murdered? Pull your heads out of the sand. They were murdered because they were Christians. Also they were trying in a small way to pull the people out of the Middle Ages. Both are capital offenses to "good muslims".

    August 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Carole Clarke

    The Taliban wanted a cheap victory after losses to coalition forces. They knew the doctors would be unarmed so they risked nothing. The claim of proseletyzing was just a convenient ruse. It's been done throughout the history of war and the perpetrators are aways held in contempt, even by their own people.

    August 10, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Carole,like I said before,if the Communists had won here 30 years ago,these people would still be alive and well.

      August 10, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tom Posey

        Attention Russia. You forgot one come and get him.

        August 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tom Posey

        Let me speak for myself,will you?

        August 11, 2010 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |