Wednesday, October 14, 2015

US Genocide At Its Worse: The Kunduz Hospital Atrocity

I for one am so sickened by the complete and utter bullcrap coming out of the lying media these days...  The biggest atrocity against civilians in the last few years, outside of the psychotic state of Israel's massacre and genocide of the Palestinians, happened last week at that hospital in Kunduz province, Afghanistan... And yet we find the liars in the media not reporting at all on that deliberate act of genocide by the US government, or they are still claiming it to be a "mistake" even though all the evidence shows otherwise....

Lets face the facts right here about that deliberate and unprovoked attack by the US military on that hospital... It was a deliberate act of genocide and absolutely is a war crime...

To help understand exactly what happened at that hospital in Kunduz province, Afghanistan, I want to turn to this very important article that comes from the Consortium News website, at www.consortiumnews.com... The article is entitled: "The Kunduz Hospital Atrocity" and is a must read by everyone to find out the real facts about that attack and not the bullshit we usually get from the Jew spew media... Here is that article right here for everyone to see for themselves, and I do have my usual thoughts and comments to follow:

The Kunduz Hospital Atrocity

The U.S. bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, blipped on and off the mainstream media’s radar, catalogued as just one more unfortunate mistake in the last 14 years of war. But there is probable cause to treat the atrocity as a war crime, writes Marjorie Cohn for TeleSUR.

By Marjorie Cohn

In one of the most despicable incidents of the United States’ 14-year war in Afghanistan, U.S. troops bombed a hospital in Kunduz, killing 22 people, including patients, three children, and medical personnel from Doctors Without Borders, or MSF. Thirty-seven people were injured, including 19 staff members in the Oct. 3 attack.

U.S. forces knew they were targeting a hospital because MSF, as it does in all conflict contexts, had provided its exact GPS coordinates on multiple occasions over the past months, including most recently on Sept. 29. There was a nine-foot flag on the roof that identified the building as a hospital. 

After the first strike, MSF contacted U.S. officials and reported the hospital was being bombed and begged them to halt the attack. Nevertheless, the U.S. AC-130 gunship continued to pummel the hospital repeatedly for more than one hour.

Aftermath of the U.S. destruction of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. (Graphic credit: RT)
Aftermath of the U.S. destruction of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. (Graphic credit: RT)
“Our patients burned in their beds,” said MSF International President Joanne Liu. “Doctors, nurses and other staff were killed as they worked.”  She added, “Our colleagues had to work on each other. One of our doctors died on an improvised operating table – an office desk – while his colleagues tried to save his life.”

In attempting to explain why they had bombed a hospital, U.S. military leaders changed their story four times. On Saturday, the day of the bombing, U.S. spokesman Col. Brian Tribus said the strike occurred “against individuals threatening the force. The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.”

On Sunday, Gen. John Campbell, U.S.-NATO commander in Afghanistan, claimed the strike occurred “against insurgents who were directly firing upon U.S. service members … in the vicinity of a Doctors Without Borders medical facility.”

On Monday, Campbell announced, “Afghan forces advised that they were taking fire from enemy positions and asked for air support” and “several civilians were accidentally struck.” By Tuesday, Campbell said, “the decision to provide aerial fire was a U.S. decision, made within the U.S. chain of command. A hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target a medical facility.”

Since the Pentagon has access to video and audio recordings taken from the gunship, they must know what actually occurred. Daily Beast reported that the recordings contain conversations among the crew as they were firing on the hospital, including communications between the crew and U.S. soldiers on the ground. Moreover, AC-130 gunships fly low to the ground so the crew can assess what they are hitting.

But members of Congress who oversee the Pentagon have been denied access to the classified recordings.

Article 18 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states, “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.”

International law expert Mary Ellen O’Connell, a professor at Notre Dame Law School, said, “The critical question for determining if U.S. forces committed a war crime was whether they had notified the hospital ahead of the strike if they understood the Taliban to be firing from the hospital.”

MSF has said they were never notified that the hospital would be bombed. “Not a single member of our staff reported any fighting inside the MSF hospital compound prior to the U.S. airstrike on Saturday morning,” according to MSF General Director Christopher Stokes.

Parties to a military conflict have a duty to distinguish between civilians and combatants, and civilians and their facilities cannot be targeted. If the hospital were being used for military purposes, the strike must be proportionate to the military advantage sought, and the U.S. forces had a duty to warn the people inside the hospital that it would be struck. No one in the hospital said it was being used for military purposes, and even if it was, the U.S. forces never warned those in the hospital before striking it.

The U.S. strike was a precise attack on the hospital, because no other buildings in the MSF compound were hit. MSF executive director Jason Cone said, “I want to reiterate that the main hospital building where medical personnel were caring for patients was repeatedly and very precisely hit during each aerial raid while the rest of the compound was left mostly untouched. So we see this as a targeted event.”

MSF is demanding an independent investigation by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC), established under Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions. But the United States must consent to the investigation. The U.S. government says there are enough investigations – one by the Pentagon, one by a joint U.S.-Afghan group, and one by NATO. But none of these is independent and impartial.

Historian and investigative journalist Gareth Porter has written three articles about three different internal investigations the U.S. military used to cover-up operations that should have led to criminal prosecutions against U.S. officers. Why should we believe that this will be any different?

The Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court provides several bases for war crimes prosecution. They include willful killing; willfully causing great suffering or serious bodily injury; intentional attacks against civilian or civilian objects; intentional attacks with knowledge they will cause death or injury to civilians when clearly excessive in relation to the anticipated military advantage; and intentionally attacking medical facilities which are not military objectives.
Although the United States is not a party to the Statute, there could be jurisdiction over U.S. leaders if the Security Council referred the matter to the Court. That will not happen because the United States would veto such a referral.

If U.S. leaders are found on the territory of a country that is a party to the Statute, that country could send them to The Hague, Netherlands, for prosecution. But the Bush administration blackmailed 100 countries into signing “bilateral immunity agreements,” promising they would not send U.S. nationals to The Hague on penalty of losing U.S. foreign aid.

Other countries can prosecute foreign nationals under the well-established doctrine of “universal jurisdiction.” But since Bush initiated his war on Iraq, no nation has been willing to incur the wrath of the United States by maintaining such an action against a U.S. leader.

Nick Turse and Bob Dreyfuss documented the killing of as many as 6,481 Afghan civilians by U.S. forces from October 2001 through 2012. The U.S. government has killed large numbers of civilians in its drone attacks in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen. But President Obama rarely apologizes to or compensates the victims. It is only because a Western-based organization was hit and the attendant media coverage has been so overwhelming that led Obama to apologize to MSF.

MSF’s advance provision of the hospital’s coordinates to U.S. forces, its notifications during the bombing, its denial that any fire was coming from the hospital, and the Pentagon’s shifting rationales for the bombing constitute probable cause that a war crime was committed.

Obama should consent to a full, independent, impartial investigation of the hospital bombing by IHFFC. If that investigation shows that war crimes probably occurred, appropriate prosecutions of the U.S. chain of command should ensue.

Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, and deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Her most recent book is Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues. See www.marjoriecohn.com. [This article was originally published by teleSUR:  “http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/The-Kunduz-Hospital-Bombing-20151013-0018.html”]



NTS Notes:  The fact is that murder is still murder, and there can be no excuses at all for what the US did in that cold act of calculated murder at this hospital... Saying "We are sorry" does not cut it and is a lame excuse for this deliberate act...

Yes, the facts are that an American C130 gunship made 5 passes over the hospital, bombing it at will for well over an hour!... The Americans knew exactly what they were doing and that it was indeed a hospital that they were attacking simply from the fact that they knew the target well, and had all the pictures and the GPS coordinates of the target long before they launched the attack....

Yes, attacking a hospital is indeed a war crime, and there should be hell to pay for the American military and the US government for this inexcusable act of cold blooded murder... I sure hope that the world does not suddenly back down and turn away from this crime, and instead does indeed pursue criminal charges against the US for this crime against humanity....In spite of the US's constant blackmailing of nations to get them to turn their backs while the US military commits acts of murder everywhere, and of course their bullshit "bilateral immunity agreements", they should not get away with this criminal act.....

More to come

NTS


10 comments:

greencrow said...

Hi NTS:

When I heard about the MSF hospital bombing, I immediately thought about the Canadian Tarnak Farm Incident...were four Canadian soldiers were killed and several wounded when they were deliberately targetted by two US reserve pilots over Kandahar, Afghanistan airport (restricted airspace) back in April of 2002. The Canadian soldiers were just outside the airfield, doing live fire practice maneuvers at night. The Americans claimed it was an "accident". The pilots were wildly off their route and out of bounds flying in restricted airspace at the time they dropped the bombs on the Canadians. Interestingly, the Americans had almost bombed Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan just weeks earlier. Canadian soldiers were on a reconnisance mission, walking along a ridge in the hills of Afghanistan when some planes locked onto them as a target and were moving in for the kill. Miraculously, back in the control tower, a Canadian soldier happened to walk behind some US air traffic controllers and overheard them talking with the pilots about bombing the target. The Canadian soldier said: "Hey, those are Canadians!" at which point the bombers turned away from the intended target.

Why does the US make these "mistakes?" IMO, it's both a control/fear tactic and a revenge retribution tactic. In the case of the Tarnak farm incident...PM Chretien was a "reluctant participant" in the Afghanistan "coalition". In the recent case of MSF...France has made recent statements saying it supports Russia's attacks on ISIS....and France recently sold the Russian mistral ships to Egypt....who will likely turn them over to their rightful owner...Russia. Just today, PM Holland announced that he will be building MORE ships for Russia.

Terrance said...

Whoever died that day, was important enough for our shadow government to risk the global condemnation? .....

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Northerntruthseeker said...

That us so hillarious.... Northerntruthseeker. "blobspot" . com? What will the JIDF/Hasbara clowns come up with next???

It must show that we are winning... These clowns come up with the most ridiculous and yet stupid antics... Do they not even realize how stupid and moronic it makes them look?

Northerntruthseeker said...

The other antic that they are trying is to flood my comment section with spam messages... So many false and crapola comments that contain links to bull crap sites... And yet they do not even realize that I have set it up that they automatically go to spam and are deleted!

I must be doing something right... I have them so irked right now..

Northerntruthseeker said...

Terrance... I agree... They would not have plastered that hospital unless there was the possibility that one particular patient was there that they wanted killed... I have found no resources or information though that any important person was there....

Northerntruthseeker said...

And Crow.. Your comments are always so welcome...

By the way, I do enjoy your "Caw" rants....

greencrow said...

Thanks for the words of encouragement, NTS....I copied your Sunday RANT meme with my CawRANTS...but I did attribute the concept to you in the first RANT. Going to post on my blog today about the MSF bombing...elaborating on my theory discussed above....that it was another "bitchslap" from the neocon criminal deep state....this time against France.

gc

Anonymous said...

Hi NTS...

Perhaps you've read the latest...and if not PLEASE DO ASAP!

http://www.wired.com/2015/10/a-second-snowden-leaks-a-mother-lode-of-drone-docs/

And just after the warmonger Obama announces to renege on withdraw from Afghanistan...
and keep 9,800 troops there through 2017.


Anonymous said...

Shall we forget the bombing of UN schools in Gaza last year by Israel? Intentionally targeted on a marked UN safe house.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKPDB9nyM5A

THE US/ISRAEL NATO terrorists.