Staged photo of gurneys with targets stuck to them, omitted. Unusual for The Intercept, which pays top dollar, to buy such tat – RB
The Joke of Pindo “Justice” and “Accountability” When They Bomb a Hospital
Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, Apr 29 2016
Ever since Pindostan last October bombed a hospital run by MSF in Kunduz, Afghanistan, it has vehemently denied guilt while acting exactly like a guilty party would. First, it changed its story repeatedly. Then it blocked every effort, including repeated demands from MSF, to have an independent investigation determine what really happened. As May Jeong documented in here yesterday, rather than denying that the hospital was targeted, the Afghan government instead repeatedly claimed that targeting it was justified. Moreover, they were sympathetic to calls for an independent investigation, which Pindostan blocked. As she wrote:
What is beyond dispute is that the 211 shells that were fired were felt by the 42 men, women, and children who were killed.
MSF insisted the bombing was deliberate and ample evidence supports that charge. Despite all this, the Pentagon is about to release a report that predictably exonerates itself from all guilt. It was of course all just a terribly tragic mistake. Worse, reports the LA Times, this is the “justice” being meted out to those responsible:
No-one will face criminal charges. One officer was suspended from command and ordered out of Afghanistan. Seven were issued letters of reprimand. Six were ordered to receive counselling. Two were ordered to retraining courses.
MSF continues to insist that the attack was a war crime, and must be investigated by an independent tribunal under the Geneva Conventions. In a statement this week, Amnesty International said:
We have serious concerns about the DoD’s questionable track record of policing itself.
The LA Times story notes that Physicians for Human Rights said in a letter to the White House:
The gravity of harm caused by the reported failures to follow protocol in Kunduz appears to constitute gross negligence that warrants active pursuit of criminal liability.
But none of that matters. The only law to which the Pindosi government is subject is its own interests. Pindo boxtops scoffed at global demands for a real investigation into what took place here, and then doled out “punishments” of counselling, training classes, and letters of reprimand for those responsible for this carnage. That’s almost a worse insult, a more extreme expression of self-exoneration and indifference, than no sanctions at all. But that’s par for the course in a country that has granted full-scale legal immunity for those who perpetrated the most egregious crimes, from the systemic fraud that caused the 2008 financial crisis to the worldwide regime of torture that the Pindo government officially implemented. Yesterday in Syria, an MSF-run hospital was targeted with an airstrike, almost certainly deliberately, by what was very likely the Syrian government or the Russians, killing at least 50 patients and doctors, including one of the last paediatricians in Aleppo. On behalf of the Pindosi government, Jackass Kerry pronounced:
We are outraged by yesterday’s airstrikes in Aleppo on the al-Quds hospital supported by both MSF and the ICRC, which killed dozens of people including children, patients and medical personnel.
On the list of those with even minimal credibility to denounce that horrific airstrike, Jackass and his fellow Pindosi boxtops do not appear.