Thursday, 28 April 2016

Letter From America

The American military have punished sixteen of their personnel who were responsible for the bombing of an Afghan hospital that left 42 dead, officials say.
The attack on the Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital took place last October when an AC-130 gunship aircraft mistakenly attacked the hospital and then initially claimed that they had come under fire.
Medecins Sans Frontieres called the incident a war crime. In a report, the group said its staff contacted US-led forces several times during the attack, saying they were being bombed.
The charity also said the co-ordinates of the hospital were well-known and had been communicated once again to the Americans days before the bombing.
Army Gen John Campbell, the top US commander in Afghanistan at the time, called the incident a 'tragic but avoidable accident caused primarily by human error'.
So what form does the punishment take? Jail time? Court martial? Manslaughter charges?
Unbelievably each of the soldiers involved will receive a letter of reprimand.
Kill 42 people and receive a letter telling you that you have been very naughty does seem a bit like letting them off lightly, not to say offensive to the people who lost their lives, but we have been assured that the letter will be very strongly worded, which makes everything okay then i suppose, as long as the letter points out that they should make sure that they avoid hospitals next time they are shooting up a city and stick to what they usually blow up, things like civilians, their homes and wedding parties.

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