Ever since the U.S. last October bombed a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Kunduz, Afghanistan, the U.S. vehemently denied guilt while acting exactly like a guilty party would. First, it changed its story repeatedly. Then, it blocked every effort -- including repeated demands from MSF -- to have an independent investigation determine what really happened.
As May Jeong documented in a richly reported story
for The Intercept
yesterday, the Afghan government -- rather than denying that the hospital was targeted -- instead repeatedly claimed that doing so was justified; moreover, they were sympathetic to calls for an independent investigation, which the U.S. blocked. What is beyond dispute, as Jeong wrote, is that the "211 shells that were fired ... were felt by the 42 men, women, and children who were killed." MSF insisted
the bombing was "deliberate," and ample evidence supports
Despite all this, the U.S. military is about to release a report that, so predictably, exonerates itself from all guilt; it was, of course, all just a terribly tragic mistake. Worse, reports The Los Angeles Times' W.J. Hennigan, "no one will face criminal charges." Instead, this is the "justice" being meted out to those responsible:
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