Afghanistan

Has the International Commitee of the Red Cross Crossed The Line?

The BBC reports:

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it has given first aid training to Taliban members in Afghanistan.

An ICRC statement said the organisation had provided basic training and first aid kits to about 70 members of the “armed opposition” last month.

The spokesman said the ICRC’s constitution stipulates that all parties harmed by warfare will be treated as fairly as possible.

The ICRC spokesman denied that by giving first aid training to the Taliban – rather than merely treating injured insurgents – it was crossing an important dividing line.

“Our aim is to treat people when and where it matters most, irrespective of what side they are on,” he said. “It is a fundamental part of our objectives.

“We treat and train people on the basis of medical necessity as an impartial organisation, regardless of race or politics.”

All the Red Cross needs to do now is to give “apostates” such as the Hazara lessons in sewing back their own heads, give gays training in repairing collapsed walls, and give women tips in how to apply sufficient foundation to cover up facial acid burns, and everything will be fine!

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