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Panagiotis Papargyris
Panagiotis Papargyris

Location: Greece

Specialization: Greece, Crisis of the US hegemony; Israel / Occupied Palestine, Oppression of Black people in the US

US Department of Defense covering up its war crime against MSF hospital in Kunduz

14 years of chaos

Following the bombing of the MSF (Doctors Without Borders) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that left 30 people murdered, US President Obama had announced that the Department of Defense had launched an “internal investigation”. The degree of impartiality of this “investigation” was clear from the first moment, so the shameless covering-up of the heinous war crime when the findings of the investigation were announced (on Wednesday) should come as no surprise.

General Campbell, top US commander in Afghanistan, read a statement announcing the findings of the investigation. Managing the quite impressive task of changing the official US story once more (the MSF had denounced the US for changing its story four times during the first four days after the bombing), he called the airstrike “a tragic and avoidable accident caused primarily by human error” and attributed it to the… “fatigue” of the Special Forces “compounded by systems and procedural failures.”  He claimed that the US forces believed they were firing on a different building identified as a Taliban base in the city and went on to place the blame on the troops that carried out the airstrikes and especially on the Afghan forces that supposedly provided unreliable information. No official statement was made regarding any disciplinary measures against the soldiers and officials who are responsible for the massacre.

The MSF initial reaction was highly critical of the outcome of the “investigation.” They state that “the frightening catalogue of errors outlined today illustrates gross negligence on the part of US forces and violations of the rules of war,” argue that the “destruction of a protected facility without verifying the target—in this case a functioning hospital full of medical staff and patients—cannot only be dismissed as individual human error or breaches of the US rules of engagement” and call once more for an independent and impartial investigation into the attack – an appeal that has been completely dismissed so far.

The message could not be clearer: the US army is given a carte blanche to unleash terror and murder civilians at will. Foreign and domestic policy are the two sides of the same coin, and one cannot but underline the analogy between the US practices abroad and domestically: what the US army is doing abroad to the oppressed nations, the US police is doing at home (mainly) to the oppressed black community. According to killedbypolice.net, 1073 people have been killed by the police in the US since January 1st 2015. The website only tracks deaths that are reported in the news, so one can estimate that the actual number is probably higher. The murderers are hardly ever punished; they usually simply walk.

Of course, nobody will speak of a “bloodthirsty US regime” nor call on the “international community” to intervene in order to “stop the crazy dictator from massacring his own people” – this is a privilege that governments that are not aligned with imperialism get to enjoy. The greatest terrorists of the planet will never be brought to the International Court of Justice in Hague in order to answer for their crimes. But let them be informed: they will have the fate of all empires. That is one more task that lies first and foremost with the conscious proletariat.

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