Monday, January 14, 2013

Are any civilians being killed in Mali? Who cares?

Isn't it interesting that the concern for civilian casualties that the world exhibits when Israel targets terrorists in Gaza is almost non-existent when France targets terrorists in Mali?

You have to dig to find any articles that even address the issue:

The abrupt French intervention, without waiting for the planned West African ground force, is a risky gamble. It means that the operation will depend largely on air strikes – and civilians could pay a heavy price.

The United States is providing satellite intelligence and logistical help to the French operation, while Britain is providing two military transport planes.

The civilian toll is mounting. At least 11 civilians have been killed and many others injured in Konna, a town in central Mali that has faced a heavy bombardment by French warplanes since Friday. The town was captured on Thursday by Islamist fighters who inflicted heavy casualties on Malian troops.

Reports from other towns are hazy so far, but there could be significant casualties. In one town under aerial attack, Douentza in central Mali, injured civilians can’t even reach the hospital, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

“Because of the bombardments and fighting, nobody is moving in the streets of Douentza and patients are not making it through to the hospital,” said a statement by MSF emergency response co-ordinator Rosa Crestani. “We are worried about the people living close to the combat zones.”
It's double standards day again, as it is every other day of the week.