Russia bombs terrorists, USA bombs hospitals

Global Research, October 05, 2015 4 October 3015

It goes against every fiber of human decency to use a tragedy involving the murder of civilians by a terrorist in an aircraft to score political points. This is about murder, not politics. One day after warning Russia for its airstrikes in Syria, what happens? The USA precision-bombs a MSF hospital in Kunduz. Whoosh-BANG! God Bless America!

The bombing went on for half an hour yesterday after the alert was given that there was a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in the area where the US air force was operating, in bombing raids to remove the Taliban from Kunduz. Nine of the medical staff were murdered outright and scores of patients were injured.

It is difficult to imagine how this atrocity happened, but then again after the callous disregard for civilian human life demonstrated by the United States of America since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, after the strafing of civilians with napalm in Vietnam, after the fifty-plus overthrows of democratically elected governments around the globe, after the myriad of invasions of countries, after Afghanistan, after Iraq, after Libya, after Syria, maybe it is time for the USA to rethink policy. It could be argued that those pursuing the current approach which gets Americans hated around the world are not patriots, but traitors.

Let us take a look at the world around us and what do we see? In the year 2015 of the third millennium, we see poverty, ignorance, violence and the new phenomenon, international terrorism, which walks hand in hand with the West. It started in Afghanistan, where the Mujaheddin was used as a tool to attack the southern flank of the Soviet Union, it continued in Chechnya where external forces backed Wahhibist terrorist elements, it continued in Libya, where NATO, ably led by the FUKUS Axis (France-UK-US), sided with terrorists on their own lists of proscribed groups.

Whoosh-BANG! God Bless America

As the United States of America and its Poodles in Europe go globe-trotting, self-proclaiming themselves the global policemen, imposing their wonderful version of democracy (Parliamentary oligarchies which pander to the whims of the Lobbies, their puppet-masters) from thirty thousand feet, imposing their “whoosh-BANG! God Bless America” diplomacy, is the world a better place?

No, it is not. The Middle East continues to be a mess because the USA and its Poodles refuse to engage all the players involved, namely HAMAS and Hezbollah. Obviously, a global solution has to take into account all the positions, including Iran, including Syria, including Egypt. And including HAMAS and Hezbollah. Only when the British government engaged the IRA was peace achieved in Ulster/UK. The same approach has brought stability to numerous regions of Africa.

Today, Humankind spends thousands of billions of dollars on weapons systems to kill one another, with the excuse that arms sales is good for economies, Humankind spends more on weapons than on books. Hatred is spread with the aim of creating two warring sides, proxy-puppets doing the dirty work while those watching rub their hands in glee, and could not care less if a child gets in the way of a bullet.

And no wonder the world is in the mess it is in, with “no go” labels stuck to a growing number of countries as Washington interferes, like in Ukraine where a Putsch ousted the democratically elected President because he saw more advantage in a deal with Russia and Whoosh-BANG! God Bless America, Hunter Biden is appointed special advisor to the Ukrainian energy lobby. Well, surprise, surprise. And Ukrainian Fascists perpetrated massacres while the West looked the other way. Look at Libya – close to being a failed State, where Western intervention brought chaos and misery to a once prosperous and peaceful society. Look at Iraq, where Western intervention caused the collapse of the Ba’athist State and Islamic State sprang up under their noses.

And the West dares to express concern that Russia has bombed the Free Syrian Army? What is the Free Syrian Army, if not a bunch of terrorists and murderers? If you take up arms against the authorities, and murder soldiers and policemen, you are a terrorist, it is as simple as that. What the West means is “Please don’t bomb our terrorists”.

Perhaps Messrs. Obama and his friends would like to take their families to Syria and stand back watching as they allow the Free Syrian Army to do to them what they have done to Syrian Government troops and security officers. And then compare the way they were treated by the authorities and by their darlings, the Free Syrian Army.

A tissue of lies from the West

Anyway, after the serial lies told by the West, if Russia states that it was bombing terrorists, I believe Moscow’s word. Moscow has not lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Moscow did not perform a mission creep and breach UN Resolutions in Libya and in Syria, Russia did not strafe fields of cereals in Iraq to starve people to death, Russia did not drop Depleted Uranium on huge swathes of territory (war crime), Russia is supporting a democratically elected Government (last year) against terrorists.

Perhaps the West might stand back and allow Moscow to be the global policeman. After all, Russia’s track record is far better, far less intrusive, far more inclusive. Failing that, suppose the West butted out for a change, stopped interfering and tried an approach which puts development before deployment? And let us remember, Islamic State has chemical warfare weapons and is pursuing biological weapons, right now, as I write and you read. Think about it.

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey has worked as a correspondent, journalist and editor in online daily, weekly, monthly and yearly publications, TV stations and media groups printed, aired and distributed in Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Portugal, Mozambique and São Tomé and Principe Isles. He has spent the last two decades in humanitarian projects, connecting communities, working to document and catalog disappearing languages, cultures, traditions, working to network with the LGBT communities helping to set up shelters for abused or frightened victims and as Media Partner with UN Women, working to foster the UN Women project to fight against gender violence and to strive for an end to sexism, racism and homophobia. A Vegan, he is also a Media Partner of Humane Society International, fighting for animal rights. He is Director and Chief Editor of the Portuguese version of Pravda.Ru. (


Suspected US airstrike hits Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan; at least 9 staff and 8 patients dead

From RT

“We are deeply shocked by the attack, the killing of our staff and patients and the heavy toll it has inflicted on healthcare in Kunduz,” Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)  said in a statement.

30 people unaccounted for after attack.

Director of operations: “We are deeply shocked by the attack.”

Building hit several times, severely damaged.

Hospital is the only one of its kind in the region

A hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz has been hit and partially destroyed in an overnight “aerial attack” that killed at least three Medecins Sans Frontieres staff. NATO has admitted a US airstrike may have caused accidental “collateral damage.”

03 October 2015

09:17 GMT

MSF UK Press Office @MSF_Press

condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific bombing of its hospital in , which was full of staff and patients

  • 09:17 GMT

    MSF medical staff are continuing their work, performing emergency surgery on the wounded.

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    True heroes MT @MSF_Press: Surgery underway in the aftermath of bombing of ‘s hospital

    09:03 GMT

    Dominik Stillhart, director of operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross, has expressed his condolences for those who died and suffered in the strike.

    MSF International @MSF

    Deeply shocked at bombing of MSF hospital in . Staff and patients killed. MSF urges fighting parties to respect health facilities

    Another unacceptable attack against a hospital. I extend my sincere condolences to the @MSF colleagues in who paid with their lives

  • 08:56 GMT

    Bashir Ahmad Gwakh @bashirgwakh

    Update: police now say 5 MSF staff members & at least 6 patients killed in last night airstrikes. Death toll may rise.

  • 08:42 GMT

    Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Public Health, has posted details on those wounded in the strike on his Twitter account.

    Wahidullah Mayar @WahidullahMayar

    24 MSF’s medical and non-medical staff are among the 37 injured at the U.S. airstrike in Pro, apparently on MSF’s hospital.

  • 07:47 GMT

    The US formally wrapped up its combat mission in Afghanistan at the end 2014, but some 10,000 US troops stay in the country. American forces are supposed to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2016.

    Talat Masood, a retired lieutenant-general of the Pakistan Army, thinks there’s a good chance U.S. soldiers will end up staying for longer.

    7:29 GMT

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    Zabihullah Pashtoonyar, another yang staff of Kunduz @MSF hospital, killed in US Air strike last night.

    7:28 GMT

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    Shocked staff in one of remaining parts of MSF’s hospital in . First aid ongoing 

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    MSF hospital aftermath by Abd Qadir Wahedi

    Inayat ullah kakar@Kalamnigar 5h5 hours ago

    zonal hospital in bombed by US planes, Dozens of medics, patients died…!