Doctors Without Borders have released a report on the U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan that leveled one of their hospitals. Read it here, and view photos of your tax dollars (if you live in the U.S.) at work here.
Here’s a snippet:
Patients burned in their beds, medical staff were decapitated and lost limbs, and others were shot by the circling AC- 130 gunship while fleeing the burning building. At least 30 MSF staff and patients were killed.
The question remains as to whether our hospital lost its protected status in the eyes of the military forces engaged in this attack – and if so, why. The answer does not lie within the MSF hospital. Those responsible for requesting, ordering and approving the airstrikes hold these answers.
The attack on our hospital in Kunduz destroyed our ability to treat patients at a time when we were needed the most. We need a clear commitment that the act of providing medical care will never make us a target. We need to know whether the rules of war still apply.
There is only one rule in war: Do whatever you have to in order to win. There are no repercussions for the victor who violates human decency. Only the loser suffers such a farce of repercussions.
If you’re wondering how blowback occurs, look no further.
When the War on Terror uses terrorism to win, what’s the point?