Barack Obama apologises for bombing hospital

08 October 2015 7:18 pm

It took him long enough but Barack Obama has finally apologised to the president of aid agency Medecins San Frontieres (MSF) for bombing their hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz that killed at least 22. As the BBC reports, the US is saying it was a mistake. It was really trying to strike the Taliban.

The MSF doesn't accept the explanation. This attack is abhorrent and a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law,” said Meinie Nicolai, Médecins Sans Frontières President. We demand total transparency from Coalition forces. We cannot accept that this horrific loss of life will simply be dismissed as ‘collateral damage’.”

They have a point. That said, you can be sure that the MSF tragedy in Kunduz will be subject to thorough internal and external investigations. Without doubt, there will be all sorts of conclusions and recommendations that will be publicly aired.

Which is quite a contrast to what's happening with the Russians. As the Daily Mail reports, Russians are now killing civilians in Syria, hitting them wiith dumb bombs. The Kremlin insists their planes are fitted with highly accurate weapons, but we know the jets are firing out-dated cluster munitions which raise the risk of collateral damage. All to protect Assad and the Russian presence in the region.

One thing for sure, Barack Obama offered a statement of condolence to the victims while promising to get to the truth of what happened. The relatives of Syrian civilians killed by Russian jets will have to wait a lot longer before they hear anything similar from President Putin.