Human Lives Human Rights: A fifteen-year-old girl named Zainab Essam Al Khazali was shot by the US military on September 20 near the infamous Camp Bucca in Baghdad.
Not even a single Western media outlet reported the murder, proving once again that it’s not always about human rights.
The young student, Zainab Essam Majed Al-Khazali, was killed by a bullet during US military drills in their military base near the Abu Ghraib prison.
The Iraqi Security Media Cell announced that they have launched an investigation into the murder, which is being described as a “random shooting.”
قيادة عمليات بغداد تفتح تحقيقا في حادثة وفاة إحدى الفتيات المرحومة ( زينب عصام ماجد ) منذ يوم وقوعه في قضاء ابو غريب غربي العاصمة والتي أصيبت بإطلاق نار عشوائي…
— خلية الإعلام الأمني🇮🇶 (@SecMedCell) September 20, 2022
Sheikh Qais Al-Khazali, Secretary-General of Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq, announced that he demands an “immediate” and “urgent” investigation into the killing of the girl, dubbing Washington’s actions “an explicit violation of the Iraqi constitution,” and a “flagrant breach of Iraqi sovereignty.”
— قيس الخزعلي (@Qais_alkhazali) September 20, 2022
Mainstream media, although known to exploit narratives for regime change and political influence as a soft power tactic, did not exhibit the slightest sense of human decency or empathy or even call for an investigation into the accusation of US forces carrying out inhumane killings of underage civilians in foreign land.
Rather than sanctioning its own forces for creating chaos and murdering innocents on foreign lands, the US has sanctioned Iranian moral police, in its latest adventures on big media’s fake care for women’s rights, capitalizing on the death of Mahsa Amini.
Amini, whom Western reports claim was severely beaten to death, died of heart attack in police custody. Iranian authorities provided videos as evidence of the opposite. Images of Amini in a hospital bed displayed no sign of physical violence.
Amini was never assaulted, beaten, or abused, and the proof was CCTV footage that slammed Western reports as fake and fabricated. The incident, recorded on CCTV, shows a female police officer approaching Amini and pointing at her hijab. Amini and the officer entered into a verbal disagreement, after which the officer turned around and left Amini alone.
Western media, on their part, took advantage of the narrative and propagated lies. The double standards are telling of just how humane and empathetic big media really claims to be, noting how tabloids have been ramping up Iranophobic sentiment through spreading falsehood, while ignoring Zainab’s death.
The New York Times wrote about “the death on Friday of a 22-year-old woman in Iran after she was detained by the morality police,” claiming that “morality police units arbitrarily enforce the rules, and their tactics range from verbal notices to monetary fines, to violently dragging women into vans for detention.”
In a similar tone, France 24 wrote, “A young Iranian woman is in a coma and fighting for her life after being arrested in Tehran by the Islamic republic’s morality police.”
The Guardian, MondAfrique, The World Today, and many others have also adopted that rhetoric and rushed to announce her death all for the sake of targeting Iran’s internal policies without awaiting any response from the police or official authorities or even the results of the investigation.
The West has gone as far as exploiting the death of an innocent woman all for the sake of politicizing the incident and pushing further their anti-Iran propaganda, completely turning a blind eye to the truth.
The shocking part was that Amnesty international which so called supports human rights everywhere, showed a double standard here, supporting the West policy of anti-Iran propaganda and interfering into a nation’s internal policies and failing to cover the case of Zainab Essam, who was murdered by US forces.