A World Wobble
At least the men of the Northern Alliance liked what they saw. As B-52 Stratofortresses dropped bombs over Taliban positions near Mazar-i-Sharif, the Afghan fighters cheered. "This went very well," said Kudratulla Umar, an officer with the opposition forces. "We liked this very much."
International agencies, though, were less happy, particularly with U.S. use of antipersonnel "cluster" bombs, which Human Rights Watch claimed create "unacceptable civilian casualties before and after conflict." United Nations Secretary- General Kofi Annan argued that the bombing campaign would heighten tensions...