We have taken note of statements regarding the situation in Mosul, Iraq, made by official representatives of the German government and Foreign Ministry at a news conference.
We were both puzzled and shocked by their attempts to present the US-led anti-ISIS coalition’s offensive against Mosul as a surgical operation. This sounded cynical in light of the numerous civilian victims and civilian infrastructure destroyed in Mosul in the alleged pinpoint air strikes.
These officials are painting the humanitarian situation in Mosul in bright colours without any good reason and are trying to smooth over the real scale of the tragedy. A quarter million people have fled from Mosul and are left without any means of subsistence; and their suffering is not over yet.
In this context, German officials continued to compare the situation in Mosul to developments in Aleppo, Syria, in the spirit of the Western information campaign. They even claimed that the alleged atrocities in eastern Aleppo were much worse than the operation in Mosul. But they were unconvincing.
It appears that Berlin and other Western capitals persist in their usual rhetoric and double standards.