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Remember to say bromides about “protecting our freedoms” appropriately — in, uh, Afghanistan.

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 27 (UPI) — Improvised explosive device blasts in southern Afghanistan killed eight U.S. troops in one of the worst such attacks on record, military officials said.

And…

A NATO airstrike targeting insurgents inadvertently hit two civilian homes in the volatile southwestern Helmand province, killing 12 children and two women, an Afghan government official said Sunday…

He said NATO hit two civilian houses, killing five girls, seven boys and two women.

And about those “freedoms”:

US President Barack Obama approved the four-year extension of the Patriot Act on Thursday, May 26, 2011, while on his Europe tour.

Why fight to protect “freedom” — no matter whether the place is irrelevant or outdated — when you are so willing to sign them away?