NYT: Kunduz Hospital Bombing Probably Not a War Crime Because 'Russia Damaged a Medical Facility in Syria'

Sharper than the Harvard debate team!

The New York Times is the ultimate western media bullshit barometer. As America's most prestigious pro-establishment, pro-war, pr-everything-awful newspaper, it is the go-to source for anyone who wants to understand "responsible" American political thought.

So it should come as no surprise that in response to a textbook case war crime, the NYT ran the following headline: "Obama Issues Rare Apology Over Bombing of Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan". Do you feel better? You better, because apologies are "rare". Do you need proof? Here's one of two examples that the NYT gives to help its readership appreciate just how unusual it is for U.S. presidents to say sorry: 

<figcaption>Hospital: Liberated.</figcaption>
Hospital: Liberated.

In 2004, President George W. Bush apologized for the treatment of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib military prison, telling world leaders that he was “sorry for the humiliation.”

Yes, the U.S. humiliated/tortured/raped hundreds of Iraqis, and then apologized to "world leaders." That's like the apology of the century. We hope all of the world's leaders forgave us! 

But the NYT saved the best for last. This is how our friends at the New York Times concluded their story about Obama saying sorry for blowing up a hospital: 

The targeting of a medical facility is considered a war crime, if it is proved to be deliberate. But attacks on medical facilities have occurred with some regularity, and assessing whether they were deliberate has been difficult. On Wednesday, Physicians for Human Rights, an advocacy group, said it had confirmed that Russian airstrikes had damaged three medical facilities in Syria.

“With these actions, Russia is damaging hospitals, putting patients and medical staff at risk, and depriving civilians of lifesaving access to health care,” the group said in a statement.

Seems legit. 


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