Does Russia's Military Care More About Civilian Lives Than The US?

by
Joe Durbin
A US "mistake" cost 22 civilian lives in Afghanistan last weekend. Today Russia carried out a flawless military strike against ISIS targets in Syria. Who cares more about protecting civilians overseas?

It has been very well reported that last weekend a Doctors Without Borders Hospital was destroyed by a US military strike in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

12 Doctors and 10 patients lost their lives.

Aftermath of the bombing. msf attack

Since the news broke the official story from Washington has…developed.

Initially the attack was denied. Then it was said to be under investigation. And finally the Top US commander in Afghanistan admitted, “The hospital was mistakenly struck”.

The accidental nature of this attack was further corroborated later in the day when White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced that President Obama had personally reached out to Doctors Without Borders to apologize.

"This morning from the Oval Office, President Obama spoke by telephone with Doctors Without Borders International President Dr. Joanne Liu, to apologize and express his condolences for the MSF staff and patients who were killed and injured when a US military airstrike mistakenly struck an MSF field hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan over the weekend," Earnest told the press during a briefing.

Standing out in stark contrast to this “mistake” is the naval bombardment that the Russian military completed against ISIS targets in Syria this morning.

US strike on msf

After the attack Russian Defense Minster Sergei Shoigu announced that, “Four missile ships launched 26 cruise missiles at 11 targets. According to objective control data, all the targets were destroyed. No civilian objects sustained damage.”

That last sentence is a bit too on the nose to be entirely coincidental. Drawing attention to the lack of civilian casualties could very well be the Russian governments sly way of striking at the United States for the Kunduz debacle.

If that is the case than they’re goal would be to win global support for their military actions in the middle east; the motives and objectives of which the US has been trying to discredit from the beginning.

Political power plays aside the comparison has been drawn and the question must be asked: if Russia was able to complete such an ambitious military operation without the cost of civilian lives, why is it that the United States was unable to do the same?

It certainly cannot be an issue of technology. The United States is well known for having the most technologically advanced (and well funded) military in the world.

If Russia has sufficient technology to carry out clean strikes against their targets than it is certain the United States does as well.

If the issue is not technological than the remaining options are grim to consider. For a mistake like the hospital bombing to “accidentally” occur than the United States would either have to be failing to gather the necessary intelligence to determine which sites are civilian and which are hostile, which would indicate that more of these “mistakes” are on the horizon. Or they know where the civilians are and they simply do not care.

Either choice points to a United States military that does not have the best interests of its enemy’s civilian population in mind. They are either failing to take the proper precautions, or willfully acting to endanger civilians.

Military technology has simply come too far for mistakes like this to happen without some greater human error that should be held accountable.

The bottom line is that, of the two world powers currently involved in the battle with ISIS, one of them has killed 22 civilians in a hospital.

And it wasn’t Russia.

What do you think? Post in the comments below and let us know if how these incidents have affected your view of the US military’s actions overseas. 

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