Bombs Without Borders
Thank you, Bob Dreyfuss, Nick Turse, and all of the journalists who are helping to inform us about the recent war crime in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The online title of Dreyfuss’s article, “The US Massacre in Kunduz Exposes the Bankruptcy of Obama’s National-Security Policy” [“The Lessons of Kunduz” in the Nov. 2 issue], immediately caught my attention. By the time I’d finished the second paragraph, I had the very strong feeling that here was a reporter who is writing the truth, rather than repeating the rationalizations of the irresponsible architects of our Middle East policies.
Thanks also to Dreyfuss and Turse for researching and reporting on civilian deaths in “America’s Afghan Victims” [Oct. 7, 2013]. All too often, our government and corporate media conspire to ignore, silence, or minimize the victims of our wars. I believe Americans need to be made aware of the results of our actions—maybe then they’ll demand responsibility and accountability from our leaders.
Hugh R. Hays
Bob Dreyfuss’s repeated use of the word “massacre” to describe the bombing of the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz is irresponsible rhetoric. A massacre is an intentional, targeted mass murder. Dreyfuss doesn’t even try to prove that’s what the bombing was; he just trots out the word for shock value. Fatal incompetence on top of misguided policy it certainly was, and that’s the only case Dreyfuss actually makes. That in itself could possibly be called a war crime by some stretch. But there’s no evidence anywhere that US military forces, let alone President Obama, consciously intended to kill MSF staff and their patients.
With regard to Seth Freed Wessler’s article “Black Deaths Matter” [Nov. 2]: On the one hand, there is the argument that the unmarked grave has always been with us and may mean even less in the future because of the greater population’s inability—or unwillingness—to pay for traditional burial services. But that’s immaterial here. This is a great piece, and it demonstrates just how undervalued not only African-American lives but all marginalized groups are in the magic marketplace of the United States.