Friday, April 29, 2005

Belgian Doctors Bill U.S. for Treating Iraqi Girl

Who will pay the bill?

International agreements between nation-states should be honored. These Belgium doctors don't think the U.S. will pay this young girl's medical bill. Will other cases such as this pop up? Imagine if the U.S. had to pay for medical expenses for every Iraqi civilian who died under its hands? Astronomical and unimaginable. Gives a whole new spin to "collateral damage". Stay tuned.

Reuters- Belgian doctors sent an Iraqi girl home on Thursday after treating her for leg wounds caused by a bomb during the U.S. invasion -- and sent the 51,570 euro ($66,650) bill to the U.S. embassy.

"We haven't heard from them yet," said Bert De Belder, coordinator of the humanitarian agency Medical Aid for Third World which brought the girl to Belgium.

"I'm curious to know their reaction," he told Reuters. "We're giving them 10 days to respond ... I don't think they will pay it."

The girl, 15-year-old Hiba Kassim, smiled to reporters as she waited for her flight to Jordan to meet her father.

"Thank you, Belgium," she said.

Doctors brought Kassim to Belgium last year to try to save her left ankle, seriously injured by a cluster bomb that also killed her brother in Baghdad in 2003.

After five operations and weeks of physiotherapy, Kassim is able to walk again, but with a slight limp.

De Belder said he sent the bill to the U.S. embassy because international law dictated that an occupying force was responsible for the well-being of the country's people. U.S. embassy officials were not immediately available for comment. ($1=.7737 Euro)

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It will be interesting to see if they do pay. Why shouldn't they pay for their shock and awe?

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