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    West Uses Aleppo to 'Hide Horrors of War' in the Middle East

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    Officials and media in the West have focused on the battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo to divert attention away from the "horrors of war" across the Middle East, including Yemen, Professor Oskar Krejčí told Czech newspaper Prvni Zpravy.

    "Western media outlets recall battlefield barbarism every time Western servicemen or Western allies go on the defensive. Otherwise, war is merely 'humanitarian bombing' and the media send engaging photos depicting how successful our heroes are in spreading democracy while they destroy Belgrade, Baghdad or Tripoli," he said.  

    The phrase "humanitarian bombing" has been used to describe military interventions that have ostensibly been aimed at protecting human rights. It was first used to refer to the 1999 NATO operation in Yugoslavia.

    People inspect the aftermath of a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016
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    People inspect the aftermath of a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016

    Krejčí further mentioned the ongoing Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, saying that mainstream media outlets in the West have largely ignored it. Contrary to the situation with Aleppo, "there are no emotional speeches and moralizing from Western statesmen," he observed.

    Yemen has been devastated by the war which has claimed more than 6,800 lives and left nearly 80 percent of the population in urgent need of basic supplies, including food, water and medical aid. Human rights organizations have condemned Saudi Arabia and its allies, including the US, for the humanitarian catastrophe in the embattled Arab country.

    Tuesday's press briefing at the US State Department serves as a fine illustration of the point Krejčí made. Spokesperson John Kirby struggled to explain why Washington was supporting Riyadh's offensive in Yemen, particularly after an airstrike that killed at least 140 people at a funeral hall, and condemned Damascus' operation in Aleppo.


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