Fact Finding

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Médecins Sans Frontières staff treat those injured following the US bombing of a MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on October 3

Following the US bombing of a hospital in Kunduz, Médecins Sans Frontières has called for the establishment of an independent fact-finding commission into this deadly attack (“MSF calls for commission on Kunduz hospital attack”, October 7th). According to the medical charity, the commission can be set up at the request of a single state under the Geneva Convention.

On behalf of the many Irish men and women who risk their lives on a daily basis working in conflict zones, shouldn’t the Irish Government now rise to the occasion and demand an inquest into the deaths of these innocent adults and children?

Peter Redahan,
Inchicore,
Dublin 8.

Kunduz hospital bombing (Irish Times letters page)

Obama Apologises To MSF For Kunduz Bombing (BBC)

Pic: MSF via Guardian

15 thoughts on “Fact Finding

  1. Sido

    Eh! FFS. Inquest where? I think you will find these people were killed or maimed when the US Air Force bombed their hospital.
    There sorted. Any more questions?

  2. Sam

    The same hospital was previously attacked as recently as this July by Afghan forces.
    They tried to take some of the patients, but were faced by determined and unarmed staff who refused to hand over people to them.

    The Irish government could call for an investigation, but they couldn’t be trusted to run it.
    They’d be too afraid of offending Obama.

    1. Sido

      The Irish government could call for an investigation? Do you know something I don’t?
      The Irish government do things like setting up unpopular water companies. They’re like County Councillors for the some EU elite.
      Read the news, then think about it,. It’s not rocket science.

      1. Sam

        I’m not the one asking for the Irish govt to call for an investigation, I’m commenting on that request contained in the letter.
        We all know how Irish investigations go when the facts point towards the guilt of the powerful.
        Sometime around 2025, it would conclude that mistakes were made, and lessons were learned.

        1. Sido

          Sorry, Itchy keyboard fingers.
          As for investigations, I think you will find the rest of the world has followed Ireland’s lead on this.

  3. perricrisptayto

    But, but, what about the 12%ers and all those jobs, not to mention the money they spend in Shannon.
    Jaysus lads we cant do everything, and in anyways is’nt America always right.

  4. rob

    Its pure murder but yanks have been getting away with this for years. If i kill 1 person i go to jail for life but if many people are killed by a country its just ignored. Absolute joke.

    1. Neilo

      Taliban don’t dress in uniforms and embed themselves in civilian facilities which is a no-no in the so-called laws of war if your opponent is trying to minimize the impact on non-combatants. The loss of life is absolutely heartbreaking but , in my inexpert opinion, the lion’s share of the moral burden rests with the Taliban. The Government would be the Skibbereen Eagle to the US’ Emperor of Russia in any exchange of views.

  5. Frilly Keane

    This is one that won’t go away for me either

    If t’was Russian Forces that levelled this or any other Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s place of work

    You can be damn sure Obama, Cameron, and Merkel would be hauling Putin to The Hague
    Úck’it
    He’d be behind the bullet proof glass box by now

    1. Neilo

      Up to a point: I don’t think Russia, any more than the US, recognizes the authority of The Hague.

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