This one is amazing.
- “Patients burned in their beds,”
- “medical staff were decapitated and lost limbs.”
- “Many staff describe seeing people being shot, most likely from the plane, as people tried to flee the main hospital building that was being hit with each airstrike,”
- “a premeditated massacre.”
The U.S. attack on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz back in October of 2015 was a war crime. It was a sustained, deliberate attack on a neutral medical facility in a conflict zone that served not only combatants of any type but also the people of that area, non-combatant civilians. Therefore the attack was indeed a war-crime.
But don’t take my word for it:
– Article 15 of the 1949 Geneva Convention IV provides:
Any Party to the conflict may, either direct or through a neutral State or some humanitarian organization, propose to the adverse Party to establish, in the regions where fighting is taking place, neutralized zones intended to shelter from the effects of war the following persons, without distinction:
a) wounded and sick combatants or non-combatants;b) civilian persons who take no part in hostilities, and who, while they reside in the zones, perform no work of a military character.
When the Parties concerned have agreed upon the geographical position, administration, food supply and supervision of the proposed neutralized zone, a written agreement shall be concluded and signed by the representatives of the Parties to the conflict. The agreement shall fix the beginning and the duration of the neutralization of the zone
– The US Air Force Pamphlet (1976) states:
The Geneva Conventions of 1949 provide for protected or safety zones established by agreement between the parties to the conflict. Safety zones established under the Geneva Conventions of 1949, or by other agreement among parties to a conflict, are immune from bombardment in accordance with the terms of the agreement
– The US Air Force Commander’s Handbook (1980), in a section entitled “Neutralized and Demilitarized Zones”, provides:
By agreement, the parties to a conflict may establish certain zones where civilians, the sick and wounded, or other noncombatants may gather to be safe from attack...
…United States forces need not respect such a zone unless the United States has agreed to respect it. Even in an unrecognized zone, of course, only legitimate military objectives … may be attacked
There you have it. International law as well as the code of conduct established by our own military dictates what happened in Kunduz back in Oct. of 2015 was indeed a war-crime.
So what do you think President Peace Prize’s military investigation concluded about the event? What punishment did the “progressive” president’s military leadership hand down to those responsible? Criminal charges? Loss of military rank? Some time in the stockades?
uh… nope. None of that.
A couple folks got letters of reprimand inserted in their career folders and that’s about it. If you believe they did even that.
“Human rights campaigners have denounced the US military’s decision not to file criminal charges against officers involved in a disastrous bombing raid on a hospital in Afghanistan, saying it was an insult to the victims.
US military officials said Thursday that more than a dozen military personnel were punished over the strike last October on the Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) hospital in Kunduz, which left 42 people dead, triggering a storm of global criticism.
The punishments are largely administrative, such as letters of reprimand and ending chances for further promotion, officials said.” Press TV
For the most part, the military “investigation” of itself concluded that it was all a big mistake. A “whoopsie” on the part of a couple low-level, middle managers in the military machine we have running over in Afghanistan. Oops. Sorry. Didn’t mean to cut that guy in the doctor’s smock in two with my C-130 gunship cannons. So sorry.
A letter of reprimand in a folder (or at least someone TELLS you there is a letter of reprimand in someone’s folder). That’s what war-crimes amount to under President Peace Prize while the Obamaites remain steadfast in their commitment to silent complicity these days just so long as they don’t rock the election boat with talk of unpleasant realities such as this.
Loose lips sink Hillary. That’s the new mantra, right?
Why am I not surprised? Because the next great “progressive” hero is an even bigger war-criminal and she’s being endorsed by President Peace Prize.
You’ll find no letters of reprimand in her folder, that’s for sure.
Just imagine if “W” had done this. Or Romney. That’s “left cover” at it’s best, boys and girls. Left cover at it’s best.
Can we just give him the title now?
President Barack Obama: The Father of Modern Left Cover.
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