Open Season on Syrian Troops: Denmark, Australia and Britain All Say Took Part in Deadly Deir ez-Zor Raid
They think the loss of life is ‘regrettable’ — but not so regrettable it warrants an apology for invading the country’s skies
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Bombs Away! — Free for all!
Saturday US blasted Syrian army positions in a sustained, 40-minute attack that destroyed at least six pieces of armor (how many T-72s Washington thinks ISIS has??) and killed over 90 soldiers defending the encircled city of Deir ez-Zor vs ISIS.
Americans quickly admitted the bombing but fell short of actually apologizing for it. All that we saw of this sort was a quote from an “anonymous senior official” that a statement of regret was relayed via the Russians, which may or may not be true, but in either case is something else than a public apology. Clearly somebody thinks The Exceptional Nation doesn’t have to apologize to anyone, the least of all to a government it has targeted for regime change.
Instead something else has happened to improve the optics and help diffuse the anger. The governments of Denmark, Australia and Britain have all come forth to say that their aircraft also took part in the deadly raid. This was the first we ever heard of it, neither Russians nor Americans said a word about anyone else participating — so then how truly principled of Copenhagen, Canberra and London to come forth and take a part of the blame when they could have kept quiet and no one would have been the wiser. But then if they felt such a pressing need to own their part of the blame why did none of them offer an apology and actually, you know, owned it?