Double standards time:
The Coalition forces in Iraq comprise several Western countries and Middle Eastern allies, and their aim is the defeat of ISIS (or ISIL) in Iraq and surrounding territories.
On 5 September, 15 September and 3 December 2014, different sets of countries came together to discuss concerted action against ISIL. Present at all three meetings were the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Turkey, and Denmark.
The coalition of 5 September (10 countries) decided to support anti-ISIL forces in Iraq and Syria.
The coalition of 15 September (26 countries) decided to support the Iraqi government militarily.
The coalition of 3 December 2014 (59 countries) agreed on a many-sided strategy, including cutting off ISIL’s financing and funding and exposing ISIL’s true nature.
Over the weekend a very unfortunate incident occurred: a site in Mosul was attacked by the Coalition and mass civilian casualties were caused as a result:
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The US-led coalition against the Islamic State group said Saturday that it struck a location in west Mosul where dozens of civilians were reportedly killed by aerial bombing.
“An initial review of strike data… indicates that, at the request of the Iraqi security forces, the coalition struck (IS) fighters and equipment, March 17, in west Mosul at the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties,” it said in a statement.
Iraqi officials and witnesses say that strikes in west Mosul have killed several hundred people in recent days, but the number of victims could not be independently confirmed, and the toll from the specific strike referenced by the coalition was unclear.
The coalition said at the beginning of this month that “it is more likely than not, at least 220 civilians have been unintentionally killed by coalition strikes”, while other incidents were still under investigation.
Dozens of bodies
“There are dozens of bodies still under the rubble,” Bashar al-Kiki, the head of the Nineveh provincial council, told AFP.
“Efforts to remove the bodies from under the rubble are ongoing,” Kiki said.
Nawfal Hammadi, the governor of Nineveh province, of which Mosul is the capital, said the coalition had carried out the strikes in the city’s Mosul al-Jadida area, killing “more than 130 civilians.”
Now don’t get me wrong. I am not blaming the Coalition. It is clear that ISIS has been using these civilians as human shields. If the Coalition backs off, ISIS win the territory. If the Coalition attacks, ISIS reckons it will win international sympathy:
“The Daesh terrorist organisation is seeking to stop the advance of the Iraqi forces in Mosul at any cost, and it is gathering civilians… and using them as human shields,” Hammadi told AFP, using an Arabic acronym for IS.
Since the strike, there has not been one peep from the international community besides expressions of “concern” from the UN.
Let me take you back now to July 2014 when Israel was fighting Hamas in Gaza. There too, just like ISIS, Hamas gathered human shields to protect its weapon stores, its tunnels and its fighters. On 20th July Israel attacked a Hamas stronghold in Shejaiya and a large number of civilians (so Hamas claimed ) were killed.
To the “misfortune of Gaza’s residents,” Gantz said, Hamas “instead of building houses, schools, hospitals and factories” had built a war machine in residential areas.
He said Israel mourned the loss of life and injury among Gaza civilians, but emphasized that Israel had repeatedly warned residents of the area to evacuate because Hamas had deployed there. “We issued warning after warning,” he said, making phone calls, distributing leaflets and more. He said the IDF would make “every effort” to prevent civilian casualties, and that Israel was sending aid into Gaza, and had opened a field hospital on the border. No other army or country would act in this way, he said. But “in the end there is a mission, a moral obligation” to protect the people of Israel.
Overall, said Gantz, the IDF offensive against Hamas was proceeding well, and the soldiers were doing “fantastic work.” He said: “I’m proud of them. All of Israel should be proud of them.”
Thirteen Israeli soldiers were also killed in that attack and at the time, Israel was reeling from the bad news as well as from the constant rocket attacks on the country.
Did Israel receive any support from its ostensible allies? Besides Canada, you can bet your bottom dollar it did not.Besides the usual suspects – the Palestinians, Iran and the Arab League, here is what the EU and UN had to say:
EU: The European Union said it “is particularly appalled by the human cost of the Israeli military operation in Shuja’iyya”.[13
Not much sympathy from the Americans either. Here is that peace-loving, so-sympathetic, former Secretary of State John Kerry, cynically calling Israel’s attack “a helluva pinpoint operation”:
Thankfully the United States is now led by an Administration that does not automatically side with terrorists, and appears to put Western interests ahead of virtue-signalling.
But I just thought I would put these double standards out there for us all to see.