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.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?
The 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 Washington.
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 information.
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.