…us and us corporate media, redux: ‘no, afghans wot done the slaughter’…Posted: 2015-10-05
…and the world says, ‘ok’? not this time, nor the next…
How fare the Middle East and other Muslem countries? We have US foreign policy and diplomacy writ large, beyond even the wildest imaginings of Macbeth,
As the US corporate media manipulate or sidestep the US bombing of a hospital in the Kunduz province of Afghanistan, other responsible media continue the focus on the appalling tragedy for which no apology has been expressed by the perpetrators. Sarah Lazare at the common dreams blog reports. As Pentagon Spins US Media, MSF Demands True Account of Hospital Attack She informs us,
The U.S. military admitted on Monday that its initial account of its bombing of a hospital run by Doctors Without Border/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was false.
General John Campbell, who commands the 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and holds ultimate responsibility for Saturday’s bombing, said that—contrary to the military’s initial claims—the deadly attack was not in response to fire from the facility, but was “called in” by Afghan commanders.
“Today the U.S. government has admitted that it was their airstrike that hit our hospital in Kunduz and killed 22 patients and MSF staff,” said Christopher Stokes, general director for MSF, in a press statement.
“Their description of the attack keeps changing—from collateral damage, to a tragic incident, to now attempting to pass responsibility to the Afghanistan government,” the organization added. Previously, U.S. Army Colonal Brian Tribus, spokesperson for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said that the airstrike was conducted “against individuals threatening the force. The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby facility.”
“The reality is the U.S. dropped those bombs,” Stokes continued. “The U.S. hit a huge hospital full of wounded patients and MSF staff. The U.S. military remains responsible for the targets it hits, even though it is part of a coalition. There can be no justification for this horrible attack…”
Lazare also makes reference to a post in the fair blog by its Ben Norton, Media Are Blamed as US Bombing of Afghan Hospital Is Covered Up.
And the Norton post is excellent in its meticulous tracking of the rapid reworking of stories and Urls by the complicit media, e.g., one WaPo headline captured early before drastic rewriting had read, ‘“Afghan Official: Hospital in Airstrike Was ‘a Taliban Base’” – always a good reason to compare and contrast the professional integrity in complying with journalistic obligations. And that exemplary reporting comes from two independent and responsible blogs.
The Guardian, which, despite its discernible but not egregious flaws, is undaunted by the corporate MSM preference to obfuscate or distract from reality, the truth and responsibility – not even for the government and fabricated ‘national security’ – recently posted, Hospital bombing follows pattern of deadly foreign errors in Afghanistan. telling excerpts – as we again learn steadfast refusal to admit either guilt or responsibility, despite all evidence to the contrary,
Deaths from Nato airstrikes, which at their worst point killed hundreds of Afghan civilians a year, were a key factor in turning Afghan sentiment against foreign troops during more than a decade of war.
The aftermath of such strikes followed a familiar pattern that exacerbated anger, with Nato denying it had hit civilians or disputing the numbers of dead.
Yes, slaughter has not been a ‘one-off’ affair – there is a litany, almost routine. If only there were responsible corporate media in the US, the foreign and even domestic policy might have been of a much less callous disregard for human life and property of other than the ‘elite’. One perverse outcome is that other Western media are much less constrained in highlighting the atrocities, as the principal cause and cost of the waves of Muslim refugees fleeing to Europe are not lost on the beleaguered countries.
So then, in the US back to pressing ‘hot button’ issues, ‘culture wars’?
…and macbeth would rightly ponder, ‘and all this from a nobel peace laureate president?’…