As the drums and rhetoric mounts, the American public and politicians better fully understand that there will be bystanders killed – hospitals, mosques, wedding parties, etc. It is the terrorists way. Knowing our rules of war, they shelter deliberately with civilians, hiding their weapons in hospitals, UN schools, apartments, tunnels, etc. We are at war with barbarians out of 7th Century mindset. Secretary Kerry’s nuance notwithstanding, “We are not at war. This is a counterterrorism operation.”
My point? When you let loose the dogs of war, you go to the enemy and you kill them wherever they are. There will be collateral damage. There will be bystanders killed. Understand that as you embrace this. Understand it clearly. Do not cry foul! when shit happens.