The US is once again attempting to justify another deadly blunder in which dozens of innocent people were murdered in the name of the war on terror.
From their teleprompter fed pulpits, detached bureaucrats discuss this war in terms of numbers only. The notion of humanity is completely absent from any and all decisions made by the state in their quest for empire.
The murder of innocent children is renamed collateral damage. Real terrorism, in which entire countries are kept in a constant state of fear of bombs raining down from the sky fired by US drones is renamed asymmetrical warfare.
This simple play on semantics allows most Americans to sit back in their recliners and thank God that the troops are out there keeping them safe from terrorism. Remaining in their mainstream media controlled bubble, most Americans are shielded from the horrid atrocities committed by the US military in the name of “keeping you safe.”
The photos of dead children, blown to bits by hellfire missiles fired from US predator drones aren’t allowed on television. The grim reality of the warfare state is but a blip on American media. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is watching as history’s largest empire is violently expanding its special interest owned tentacles into countries across the globe.
In America’s latest attempt to “protect the citizens of the US,” an aerial bombing in the Afghan city of Kunduz was conducted. The target? A hospital.
Many of the innocent civilians injured and killed in the bombing were staff members with the charity group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the French charitable organization, “Doctors Without Borders.”
According to the Guardian:
An MSF source told the Guardian that up to 20 Afghan members of staff and patients were killed and dozens more injured. They said the death toll could rise further. Among the killed were nine MSF staff and seven patients from the intensive care unit, including three children.
To keep you safe from “terrorists” the US blew up a hospital and killed people who’ve selflessly devoted their lives to helping others. This is what spreading democracy looks like.
Almost immediately, the play on semantics began with Col Brian Tribus, spokesman for international forces in Afghanistan releasing the following statement noting the “collateral damage.”
“US forces conducted an airstrike in Kunduz city at 2:15am [local time] on 3 October against individuals threatening the force. The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility. This incident is under investigation.”
What Tribus means when he says “under investigation” is that the story will be swept under the rug so we do not wake the American people up to our murderous actions.
According to the MSF, their GPS coordinates of the hospital were widely broadcast to all parties fighting in the conflict. Despite this warning, the bombing continued.
Patricia Gossman, a senior researcher at the NGO, said: “The bombing of the hospital is a shocking development for Kunduz, where civilians and aid workers are already at grave risk from the fighting. All forces are obligated to do their utmost to avoid causing civilian harm.”
An MSF staff member, who was on duty at the time, told the Guardian: “I was inside my office. Around 2 am, the plane started bombing the main building of MSF. It lasted one and a half hours. After 3.30am, I came out from my office and saw all of the hospital was on fire.”
How many innocent men, women, and children must die before the United States can declare a victory on the war on terror? A hundred, a thousand, a million, ten million? What number will be enough to satisfy the blood-thirsty politicians in their perpetual expansion of the military industrial complex?
The hospital, it has been my workplace and home for several months. Yes, it is just a building. But it is so much more than that. It is healthcare for Kunduz. Now it is gone.
What is in my heart since this morning is that this is completely unacceptable. How can this happen? What is the benefit of this? Destroying a hospital and so many lives, for nothing. I cannot find words for this,” MSF nurse Lajos Zoltan Jecs said of the atrocity.
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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.