May 30, 2003

"About an hour later, just around midnight, the staff heard an explosion that knocked out the hospital's power. The rescue mission had begun: Outside, a helicopter landed near the hospital while another hovered overhead."

It just occured to me that even if the US forces involved in the rescue of Jessica Lynch needed to blow in the doors, and regardles of any percieved risk to their lives, did they really need to cut power to a hospital? I've heard tell that she underwent surgery while under Iraqi medical care as a POW to install a titanium plate in her leg, a job well done according to doctors examining her upon her return.

What if she had been in surgery when the lights went out in the hospital? one can assume that wounded were arriving at the hospital regularly in the days before the raid, many or most were civillians, and lights help you see the shrapnel you're collecting from a wound (Thank you Dr. Hawkeye Pierce). So we specifically targeted and damaged the electricity supply to a hospital, at night, intentionally, and this is OK?

Superior force be damned, that's just not a cool way to operate.


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