I want to make it abundantly clear that I do not think the blame should rest on the shoulders of NATO's (and American) uniformed soldiers fighting in this improbable lunar landscape, far from the strategic interests Europeans and Americans.
NATO and U.S. troops, fighting under the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) command, are the best, most proficient and professional troops ever assembled. They are not the troops who can't shoot straight; they are the troops who can't know - all too often - who to shoot. Reference another weekend news item detailing how NATO troops killed Afghan troops trying to reinforce them.
Whose fault is this?
It is the fault of those suits in the Pentagon and NATO capitols who have risked the Alliance resources to pursue a mission impossible: using non-Islamic troops to graft a modern nation-state on top of a medieval Muslim environment.
The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who loves his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.
Reverend G R Gleig, survived the First Anglo-Afghan War to write in 1843:
...a war begun for no wise purpose, carried on with a strange mixture of rashness and timidity, brought to a close after suffering and disaster, without much glory attached either to the government which directed, or the great body of troops which waged it. Not one benefit, political or military, has Britain acquired with this war. Our eventual evacuation of the country resembled the retreat of an army defeated.