Death is almost never welcome. And it is simply unacceptable to find out that someone had died in a hospital not because of his or her illness but because of bombing sustained by the facility.
It is a major crime to attack a hospital. Unfortunately, that is what has been happening in war ravaged territories from
Last year, the
This week, the
US military while disciplining some
of its rogue members failed to acknowledge their war crime only saying
that it was a mistake. Pentagon officials say that 16 personnel, including one
face “administrative discipline” for their role in the October 3, 2015
US attack on a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital on the outskirts of
Kunduz, an attack which killed 42 civilians. There will be no criminal charges
for anyone involved.
As rightly noted by Jason Ditz, despite U.S. officials presenting this as “punishment,” the actions are overwhelmingly a slap on the wrist, with officials saying six of the 16 were sent for counseling, two were ordered to take new training courses, one was temporarily suspended and seven were issued “letters of reprimand.” The letters of reprimand are the most severe of the mild actions, with officials saying it means those seven will likely not be able to secure promotion to higher ranks, suggesting that might end some of their careers.
MSF has been harshly critical of the attack, noting it amounts to a war crime, and has been pressing for an independent, international investigation. President Obama has ruled out allowing such a probe, though the release of the final report is likely to spur more such calls.
Even the big, clearly marked and visible signs painted on the roof of such buildings did not stop them from getting bombed. And the sad part of all these is that such crimes are happening in an era of unprecedented advances in science and technology when we are told that the satellites can recognize the face of an individual riding in a car, let alone walking on a busy street! What a mockery of ‘smart’ bombing and precision-guided missiles and rockets. The bare fact is the lives of those civilians simply did never and don’t matter to these war criminals. They know that no matter how horrendous their war crimes are they will not be punished harshly. Their big bosses in places like the Pentagon and Kremlin have tacitly, if not explicitly, approved such war crimes. Just as it happened last week with those 16
personnel the most they will get is a slap on the wrist.
It won’t be any exaggeration to state that the Government of Israel has perfected the art of war crimes. As an apartheid state, it has no respect for the lives of the indigenous Palestinian people living under occupation, once again underscored by its murderous campaigns in
This past week once again saw an airstrike hitting and destroying a major hospital in the al-Qaeda-held eastern portion of the city of
Staffan de Mistura, the UN envoy for
Syria, issued a statement Thursday, accusing
attack on a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Aleppo of being deliberate.
The White House declared the attack on the MSF hospital “abhorrent” and “immoral,” while Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Russia is obliged to do everything in its power to ensure that the Syrian government stops attacking medical facilities. As expected, the official US outrage was somewhat tempered by its own attack on an MSF hospital in
Will the victims' families ever see justice in such war crimes? Probably not with the criminals ruling our world these days!