|General Cambell addressing the Senate Armed Services Committee|
Previously, the U.S. had been reluctant to use air power to assist the anti-Taliban efforts as it is very easy to inadvertently hurt civilians. However, that did stop the U.S. from going through with the attack on October 3.
Even though it was the only free trauma care hospital in northern Afghanistan, Doctors Without Borders decided to withdraw from Kunduz as they no longer see it as safe. Doctors Without Borders, claims that these actions amount to a war crime. The president of Doctors Without Borders insists that the attack is not "an inevitable consequence of war" and needs a thorough, independent investigation.
Although it is unclear how the request made it though the chain of command and if the U.S. even knew they were attacking a hospital, it still completely unacceptable to attack hospitals, especially when run by peaceful, international organizations like Doctors Without Borders. I think that there definitely needs to be an independent investigation so an unbiased analysis of the situation can determine to what degree of responsibility the US has for the airstrike. Nothing the U.S. can do will make up for the loss of 22 innocent civilians, 12 of whom were volunteers. However, the U.S. needs to make an effort to change wartime procedures so nothing like this can happen again.
What do you think about the airstrike? Do you think that the United States actions should be considered war crimes? To what extent does the U.S. need to answer for its mistake?