China calls for ‘reckoning’ over US atrocity in Afghanistan — Analysis
China’s Foreign Ministry said that the US drone attack on Kabul which killed 10 civilians including 7 children was an atrocity and called for international accountability for its war crimes.
“While the US talked about ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights’ at the ‘Summit for Democracy’, the innocent Afghan people who were gunned down by the US military were brushed aside and their families had no place to complain about their grievances,”Wang Wenbin was the spokesperson for Foreign Ministry. He spoke to reporters in Beijing on Tuesday.
Wang said that even worse was the refusal of the US to penalize the perpetrators. He was responding to a question about the Pentagon’s decision not to discipline anyone involved in the August 29 drone strike on Kabul, which had been launched amid the US’ evacuation from Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover.
“We condemn the brutal military intervention by the US in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria in the name of ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights’. We call on the international community to look into the US military’s war crimes of killing innocent civilians around the world and hold it accountable,” Wang said.
Although justice might be delayed for a time, it will still be there. The era in which the US acted arbitrarily in the world under the pretext of so-called “democracy” and “human rights” is over.
Weeks later, the Pentagon maintained that the strike was a success. “righteous”The military followed all the proper procedures in order to hit a target. “facilitator”For the terrorist Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISISK), prior to admitting that Zemari Ahmadi, a charity worker, and several children were killed in what it called an “against the law” situation. “mistake.”
According to the US media, no person involved in this strike will be punished on Monday. Air Force inspector general who looked into the attack decided to not degrade, counsel, or penalize those involved. This was up to commanders from Central Command and Special Operations Command.
Both generals refused to suggest any sanctions and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin agreed with them. The Pentagon confirmed the decision later that day.
Wang also condemned the ongoing US sanctions against Afghanistan, saying that China had been offering support for the country’s reconstruction to the best of its ability, as a “friendly neighbor and sincere friend.”