The August 3, 2014 Israeli bombing of a U.N. school in #Gaza that killed 10 people, brought a swift condemnation from the U.S. At the time of the attack, the State Department issued a statement that the U.S. was “appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling” of the UNRWA school in #Rafah. Other compelling quotes from the statement include, “The coordinates of the school, like all U.N. facilities in Gaza, have been repeatedly communicated to the Israeli Defense Forces.” and another teachable quote, “The suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians.”.
If the U.S. had followed it’s own advice on the early morning of October 3, 2015, an aerial assault by an AC130U gunship on the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in #Kunduz #Afghanistan would never have happened, nor the resulting calls for an #independantinvestigation and the U.S. to be prosecuted for war crimes.
The hospital had repeatedly relayed it’s coordinates to the U.S. military, in an effort to stave off just such an attack, September 29 being the most recent time.
With an unwillingness to just state the facts in regards to the events of the October 3 attack, the U.S. is searching for a position that will result in the least amount of blame being attributed to the U.S. military. The U.S. has already admitted that they carried out the attack, it’s the why that must be attributed to mistakes that could result in the usual “tragic consequences” and “collateral damage” that are so often repeated by U.S. spokespersons upon the innumerable revelations of civilian deaths as a result of U.S. military action. The offers of “condolence payments” to the families of the 12 #MSF staff and 10 patients killed in the U.S. attack is standard fare for the U.S. military’s mistakes.
One has to wonder if similar international condemnation of the U.S. attack would have occurred if instead it was an Afghan hospital run solely by an Afghan staff, not a Western aid agency.
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