Monday, April 22, 2002
Fresh from alleging brutal atrocities at Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Amnesty International is now screaming bloody murder -- literally. Amnesty International has done its best since Sept. 11 to become the embodiment of the proverbial "boy who cried wolf."
The most curious comments in the article came from a Scotsman.
Forensic pathologist Derrick Pounder from Dundee University in Scotland, who had just returned from Jenin, said the lack of severely injured people admitted to the hospital backed claims that Palestinian doctors and ambulance men had been impeded.
"There were no severely injured in the hospital, and very few corpses. It is inconceivable that, as well as the dead, there were not large numbers of severely injured," said Pounder, who estimated a conflict of this nature and intensity would have produced roughly three badly injured victims to every one dead.
He said he saw 21 Palestinians corpses in Jenin hospital. The casualties were a mixture of civilian and military, he said, and included three women.
One was a 52-year-old man, wearing sandals, who had been shot in the chest, and another 38-year-old, wearing ordinary clothes, had been shot in the back and the top of the foot.
"The claim that only fighters were killed is simply not true," Pounder said. "In Jenin, there have certainly been mass killings -- both of combatants and civilians."
First, a forensic pathologist is like one of those guys on CSI -- they find out how people were killed. This person was shot. That person was crushed. This other person was ripped apart by shrapnel. Unless he has other psychic credentials, his determination that war crimes occured because of the health of the survivors in hospital is questionable at best and slanderous at worst.
Pounder's description of the corpses being a mixture of civilian and military is a joke. How can he tell just from looking at them if they're civilian or military? The problem the Israelis were having was that the terrorists weren't wearing uniforms! You also can no longer say without equivocation that women are automatically innocent, due to the recent suicide attackers who are women.
Amnesty International has become anti-American and anti-Israeli. It once had some semblence of moral currency when it highlighted human rights abuses in places like China and Cuba -- no more.