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US Jets Bomb Hospital In Afghanistan

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This is what the US did to a hospital in Afghanistan

By Emperor

A hospital run by Doctors Without Borders was bombed by our jets, to which our leaders crassly responded by describing those who were obliterated in the attack as, “collateral damage.” That’s how easy it is to dismiss these lives for our government.

Many applauded when Pres. Obama made the point of putting gun violence in perspective by asking media outlets to compare the number of people killed by guns in the last decade in the US vs. the number killed in terrorists attacks.:

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This is an important point, one that will be glossed over by bigots and Islamophobes who don’t care about these facts. I wonder however if Pres. Obama will ever, if he even can, admit the number of people who have been killed and had their lives destroyed and uprooted because of our nation’s invasions and wars?

Doctors Without Borders staff members at a hospital in Kunduz that was badly damaged in an airstrike on Saturday. CreditDoctors Without Borders

KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 19 people were killed when a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in the northern city of Kunduz was badly damaged early Saturday after being hit by what appears to have been an American airstrike, sparking international outrage.

The United States military, in a statement, confirmed an airstrike at 2:15 a.m., saying that it had been targeting individuals “who were threatening the force” and that “there may have been collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.” The strike will bring renewed pressure on the United States, which has been playing an increasingly active role in Afghanistan amid a resurgence of the Taliban, particularly in Kunduz, but has long been criticized for causing civilian casualties from the air.

“A few are still missing, they might have been buried in the rubble,” he said, declining to give his name because employees of Doctors Without Borders are not allowed to speak to reporters without authorization.

In a statement, the aid group accused the American military of continuing the bombing for 30 minutes after receiving phone calls telling military contacts that the hospital was being bombed.

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  • Jekyll

    Oh Pictures of Lilly help me Fall Asleep…

  • Tanveer Wan Khanobi

    My manboobs are solely for my significant other i.e. my reflection.

  • Reynardine

    As the military has been increasingly infiltrated by Dominionist Christians of the Jerry Boykin type, you can’t rule out that someone ordered the strike out of sheer malice. At the same time, malfunction or bad intel remain possibilities. So does an Aspirin-type jamming signal that caused the bombing to go wild. Whatever the reason, it shouldn’t have happened and mustn’t again.

  • Reynardine

    He’s kind of a, er, casualty of the Kardashians.

  • Reynardine

    Only to a degree.

    I recall a novel, later a movie, called “Twenty-seven Days”, where a weapon of potentially universal destruction was, at the end, so finely calibrated that it killed all, and only, the mean people. People who were basically decent people but sometimes given to foul moods came down with terrible headaches, from which they emerged as purring pussycats. I’m still waiting for that one.

  • Reynardine

    At one time, dead and injured human beings were “casualties”, and only physical structures were “collateral damage”. Now that corporations and embryos are “persons” while living human beings are merely “assets”, “liabilities”, and “resources”, dead doctors, patients, and children have been reduced to “collateral damage”.

    I have been reading “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich”. It’s amazing how many of the practices regarded as atrocious then have become standard operating procedure now.

  • Tanveer Wan Khanobi

    I Just thought he was a thin guy who somehow has manboobs.

  • Jekyll

    Because he is not, just a shell now.

  • http://www.loonwatch.com Ilisha

    Is what?? Now a woman? Confused. :)

  • Tanveer Wan Khanobi

    No

  • Jekyll

    Did the same guy tell you Bruce Jenner is now a woman ?

  • Tanveer Wan Khanobi

    Hey, I had someone tell me that I amount of people saved is worth the amount killed by “collateral damage”.

  • Tanveer Wan Khanobi

    Despite their strikes being of “surgical precision”. God help any patient under the care of such surgeons 😀

  • Jekyll

    Yup, ‘collateral damage’. More enemies in the making.

  • http://www.loonwatch.com Ilisha

    Your rosy view doesn’t reflect reality. The US is at best indifferent to killing civilians.

    The US deliberately killed a teenager and when asked by, and the Obama administration spokesman said it was because he should have chosen a more responsible father. They didn’t even bother to pretend it wasn’t deliberate targeting of an innocent civilian TEENAGER.

    Then there are things like this:

    These documents include information that prove that the United States was fully aware of the costs to civilians, especially children, by upholding the sanctions against purification of Iraq’s water supply.

    http://www.projectcensored.org/5-us-intentionally-destroyed-iraqs-water-system/

    Then there’s Afghanistan:

    http://cursor.org/stories/civilian_deaths.htm

    And the list goes on and on. You’re an apologist for injustice and that isn’t going to fly here.

  • http://www.loonwatch.com Ilisha

    The US military sure has a lot of “accidents.”

  • Jekyll

    US Military could not hit ISIS targets for a year but manged to bomb a hospital…and apparently kept bombing even after they knew it was a hospital.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    The US military has done this before. They hit a hospital in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004.:

    November 9, 2004: US Air Strikes Allegedly Bomb Hospital in Fallujah

    Multiple sources claim that at 5:30 am on this day US warplanes drop three bombs on the Central Health Center in Fallujah, killing 35 patients and 15 health workers. The attack further incapacitates Fallujah’s medical infrastructure which is already degraded because of the US military’s takeover of the city’s main hospital and because the city’s water supply was cut off before the siege. [NATION, 11/24/2004]

    http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=USBombsFallujahHospital#USBombsFallujahHospital

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Article 18 of the Geneva Conventions:

    “Civilian hospitals organized to give care to the wounded and sick, the infirm and maternity cases, may in no circumstances be the object of attack but shall at all times be respected and protected by the Parties to the conflict.”

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    We have to recognize that there is no such thing as “surgical strikes,” it’s new speak. A term that is meant to cover up the reality; the military machine has already incorporated in its calculus that with every strike/attack there will be possible “collateral damage” (i.e. death, destruction, murder). The euphemisms and new speak of sanitized aerial murder just highlight our own culture of death.

  • mindy1

    Well, nothing would be gained from doing it on purpose :((

  • Jekyll

    And juxtapose this to Obama’s speech about the gun shooting…

  • JD

    I make this statement mindful of what Martin Luther King said in this same ceremony years ago – “Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones.” As someone who stands here as a direct consequence of Dr. King’s life’s work, I am living testimony to the moral force of non-violence. I know there is nothing weak -nothing passive – nothing naïve – in the creed and lives of Gandhi and King..

    Obama Nobel Peace Prize Speech

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    That’s quite a charitable interpretation

  • mindy1

    How sad :( but probably just bad intel :((

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