Is there any difference between those who fell victims of terrorist attacks and US-led air raids?

By Valeriy Kulikov

How come the world refuses to mourn thousands of lives lost across the Middle East?

The acts of terrorism committed by religious fanatics from the outlawed group known as the Islamic State (ISIS) in recent years have become more common and more widespread. This year alone has been marked by an ever increasing number of terrorist attacks committed in Europe: the Westminster Bridge attack of March 22, the Drottninggatan Street attack of April 7, the Champs-Elysees attack of April 20, the Moscow Metropolitan attack of April 13, the Manchester Arena of May 22 shortly followed by the London Bridge of June 3, and, finally, the EDEKA mall attack of 28 July.

This wave of hate crimes has recently reached Spain, that was struck by a series of violent acts of terrorism acts last Thursday. The responsibility for these cruel attacks that claimed a total of 15 lives and left another 130 individuals wounded, was claimed by ISIS.

“We strongly condemn this cruel and cynical crime committed against civilians. These tragic events have once again underlined the need for the entire international community to join efforts in an uncompromising struggle against the forces of terror.” That’s an example of the thousands of official letters of condolences sent from all over the world to the Spanish authorities in order to express solidarity with the people of Spain that fell victims of those terrorist attacks.

It seems that the whole world expresses its condolences today, while demonstrating its sincere support to the effort of fighting international terrorism aimed at stopping the continuous bloodshed and prevent new deaths of innocent people at the hands of religious extremists of ISIS. People would gather in large numbers in mosques, synagogues and cathedrals across the world to pray for the victims and express their resilient opposition to those taking innocent souls in a bid to spread terror across the world, while demanding the harshest punishment local laws can provide for the perpetrators of this attacks. International organizations, law enforcement agencies and special services of a handful of states have recently intensified their activities and mutual cooperation, introducing additional measures to prevent new attacks from ever occurring again.

However, against the backdrop of this unanimous reaction shown by the international community what can only be puzzled by the absence of similar a reaction to the routine slaughter of considerably larger number of innocent civilian carried out by the so-called US-led coalition across the Middle East.

For instance, just a couple of days ago, according to the Syrian news agency SANA, an international coalition led by the United States would bomb residential areas of the city of al-Raqqah, leaving a total of 78 civilians dead!

Two days prior to that, the US-led coalition aircraft struck the village of Al-Jiza, murdering 20 civilians in broad daylight.

On August 17, at least six civilians, including three children, fell victims of US air strikes in the province of Deir ez-Zor. Later on the same day the coalition aircraft would continue sowing deadly mayhem, killing murdering 17 more civilians, mainly women and children, in al-Raqqah.

At the end of July, the Western coalition operating illegally in Syria murdered another 30 civilians.

Mind you that those numbers represent an incomplete summary of US-led operations over the last 30 days in Syria alone, but similar incidents with massive civilian death tolls occur in other countries on the regular basis.

According to the Syrian Human Rights Watch, that has it headquarters situated in the UK, for the period from April 23 to May 23, 2017 alone, over 355 people fell victims of the US-led coalition Among them, 225 civilians, including 44 children and 36 women. And if we are to take a look at the reported number of civilians who died at the hands of the US-led coalition over the last three years in Syria, we would learn that Washington is responsible for the deaths of at least 1256 civilians!

The above mentioned figure far exceeds the loss of civilians lives inflicted by radical Islamists over Europe over the same period of time. However, European elected representatives prefer to ignore those facts so they would be demanded to publicly condemn Washington’s actions in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, that result in massive civilian casualties.

One cannot help but question such “inactivity” and open disregard shown in the West to the lives of third-world nationals. And how come the existing international law is applied differently to the perpetrators of terrorist attacks in Europe and those who bear direct responsibility for the death of thousands of civilians across the Middle East?