US-led airstrikes in Syria on both Saturday and Sunday killed civilians as the media which made civilian casualties the main issue in the recent Operation Protective Edge in Gaza continued to ignore the casualties in Syria. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, coalition airstrikes killed 28 civilians on Saturday, (26 were killed on Friday) and on Sunday the Airstrikes hit grain silos instead of ISIS bases the number of casualties have not yet been determined however in that strike only civilians were killed.
U.S.-led airstrikes hit grain silos and other targets in
ISIS-controlled territory in northern and eastern Syria overnight,
killing civilians and wounding militants, an activist group said Monday.
aircraft may have mistaken the mills and grain storage areas in the
northern Syrian town of Minbej for an ISIS base, said the Britain-based
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. There was no immediate comment from
The United States has targeted ISIS and
other fighters in Syria since last week with the help of Arab allies,
and in Iraq since last month. It aims to damage and destroy the bases,
forces and supply lines of the Al-Qaeda offshoot which has captured
large areas of both countries.
The strikes in Minbej
appeared to have killed only civilians, not fighters, said Rami
Abdulrahman, who runs the Observatory which gathers information from
sources in Syria.
“These were the workers at the silos.
They provide food for the people,” he said. He could not give a number
of casualties and it was not immediately possible to verify the
This is not meant as a criticism of a US action in Syria, however it is an indictment of the disingenuous way the media is treating the US-led action as opposed to the Israeli action in Gaza. During the 50 day long Israeli action in Gaza, the day’s reporting would start with pictures of dead Palestinians or
blasting Israel for the civilian deaths. Then a media commentator or
Administration official will admit that “Israel has the right to defend
themselves,” “Hamas started the conflict by sending rockets and building
tunnels into Israel,” “Hamas uses it citizens as human shields,” and
Israel “Goes out of its way to avoid civilian casualties. Those
words words were followed with a “but,” statement such as, Israel’s response
is disproportionate, “it’s slaughter” as Juan Williams called it on “The
Five,” or even it’s appearing “to be indiscriminate, is
asinine,” which were Joe Scarborough’s words on “Morning Joe.” Where is NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin? Why isn’t he in Syria pointing out the each death, blindly using casualty figures from the terrorist groups?
Sadly civilian casualties are unavoidable in actions against terrorist entities such as ISIS or Hamas and I am sure that our forces are doing their best to limit the number of civilians killed in the US bombing missions. However the media and the Obama administration slammed Israel for civilian casualties in Gaza but silent about civilians in Syria.
Does the media and/or the Administration believe Syrian civilians worth less than Gaza civilians or is it that for some reason they are willing to single out Israel for civilian casualties.