80 women and children killed by U.S. military airstrikes 米軍の空爆によって犠牲になった80人の女性や子供たち

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80 women and children killed by U.S. military airstrikes

The New York Times, dated 13th, revealed that the Pentagon had hidden fact that 80 women, children and other civilians were killed in the March 2019 bombing of eastern Syria. The reason for the concealment is that the bombing was for self-defense, but there would be no “self-defense” for killing women and children.

However, US airstrikes often cost civilians during the war on terrorism that began in 2001. According to a study by Brown University in the United States, the number of civilians killed in the 20-year war in Afghanistan was 46,000, close to the Taliban’s 53,000. The high civilian casualties were the result of the US military intensifying air strikes. Especially under the Trump administration, as a result of neglecting the protection of citizens in the airstrikes, the casualties of the citizens increased, and in 2019, it increased by 330% compared to 2016, the last year of the Obama administration.

The sacrifice of citizens by air strikes is a war crime and a state terrorism. The inhumanity of airstrikes is the sacrifice of many civilians in violation of international law that limits military attacks to military personnel and military installations. In some cases, such as the atomic bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or the scorched earth operation of the whole of Japan, the tremendous sacrifice of the citizens was assumed from the beginning.

Coalition of the willing forces, including the US military, have continued air strikes in Syria and Iraq, but more than 1,400 civilians have been killed between 2014 and the present.

After the start of the war on terrorism, the U.S. military has said that precision-guided munitions would hit the target accurately and would not cost civilians. However, in the Iraq War that began in 2003, about 50 airstrikes targeting Saddam Hussein were carried out, but the airstrikes did not succeed in killing Hussein. The airstrikes did not give the Saddam Hussein administration a decisive blow, nor did it bring Iraq’s stability.

Recently, it is fresh in our memory that 10 civilians were killed in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 29 by an accidental bombing by an unmanned aerial vehicle. Commander Mackenzie of the United States Central Command said there was a rationality of an imminent threat at the time of the bombing, but there was no such rationality or certainty of the threat. It shows how poor US military information gathering is.

In the accidental bombing in Syria this time, the US special forces provided information on the target on the ground, but it was to show how uncertain and poor it was.

There is no doubt that US airstrikes at the expense of civilians in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan will produce terrorists rather than kill them.

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