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Shutting Down The Hospital

This is quite possible the most amazing - and horrifying - example of circular logic I have ever seen. This is the exact quote from this New York Times article, but I've added the bold tags:

Military commanders point to several accomplishments in Falluja. A bastion of resistance has been eliminated, with lower than expected American military and Iraqi civilian casualties. Senior military officials say up to 1,600 insurgents have been killed and hundreds more captured, altogether more than half the number they estimated were in the city when the campaign began.

The offensive also shut down what officers said was a propaganda weapon for the militants: Falluja General Hospital, with its stream of reports of civilian casualties.

Does anybody else see a problem here? Oh - and since when is it OK to shut down a civilian hospital in a war zone?

Here is a quick refresher from the Geneva Conventions:"Civilian hospitals organized to give care to the wounded and sick, the infirm and maternity cases, may in no circumstances be the object of attack but shall at all times be respected and protected by the Parties to the conflict."

I hope somebody is saving all this for a future war crimes tribunal.

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