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MSF Rejects Pentagon’s Hush Money in Kunduz Scandal, Still Wants Probe

Sputnik – 10.11.2015

1029893060Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has rejected the Pentagon’s offer to rebuild the Afghan hospital destroyed last month in a US bombing which also killed 30 staff and patients inside the building.

MSF said its policy is not to accept government money for its operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world.

“This policy allows us to work independently without taking sides and provide medical care to anyone who needs it. This will not change,” the nonprofit said in a statement.

Last week, MSF General Director Christopher Stokes said that the all of the information about the attack released so far makes it “hard to understand” how the Pentagon maintains the bombing was some sort of “mistake.”

MSF believes the attack was deliberate, and therefore a war crime. The group has repeatedly called for an independent investigation by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission.

But Washington maintains that investigations launched by the US and Afghan governments, as well as NATO, will be sufficient.

Since the attack, much of the debate has centered on whether Taliban patients in the hospital were armed, and if the group was using the building as a base of operations.

Doctors Without Borders released its own findings last week, denying that any combatant, whether the Taliban or the Afghan government’s, was armed inside the compound.

The Pentagon said shortly after the attack that they intended to pay for the repairs and to make “condolence payments” to the families of civilians killed. The Pentagon also promised to pay for additional repairs after smashing the hospital with an armored vehicle.

November 11, 2015 - Posted by | Solidarity and Activism, War Crimes | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Even if, there were Taliban operating in or around the hospital, killing 30 medical staff and patients in COLD BLOOD, is indefensible. Typical of the Pentagon to offer money in recompense(paid by the American taxpayer of course). Just the offering of ‘damages” suggests guilt on the part of the American Armed Forces.
    This will be swept under the carpet by the USA, along with their horrific list of war crimes in the past 70 years. And America claims there are “TERRORISTS” everywhere, threatening “FREEDOM and DEMOCRACY”………..

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    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | November 11, 2015 | Reply

  2. Unlawful orders were issued, in violation of the Oath all Members of the US Armed Forces must make, at every enlistment, “To obey the lawful orders” given them, and understandably, refuse unlawful ones, which are likely to be war crimes

    Raise our right-hand, and promise to “Protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    “I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962)

    http://www.history.army.mil/html/faq/oaths.html

    The conspiracy of condonement of war crimes is hugh, for the victims as well as the perpetrators, are vast and not a word, but for whistle-blowers who are targets for reprisals to terrorize soldiers of conscience to look the other way, it never happened; or do we have a problem here!?

    Might does not make right. Justice, has been blind, silent, and gang-raped and throat cut, and raped; with the whole world watching!

    And therefore we now know what was meant by; ‘”Yes We Can'” be unconstitutional, immoral, and dispised!

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    Comment by Bill Mitchell | November 11, 2015 | Reply


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