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US military promises to allow investigation into hospital bombing, part 2

The US military bombed a MSF clinic in Kunduz, leaving 19 casualties. Twelve were MSF workers and seven patients, with three of them being children. The Taliban issued a statement stating that none of their fighters were being treated at the clinic. The MSF has strongly condemned the attack, and the US is now promising to investigate.

This is the second part of a two part article. Today’s section covers the concluding two sections, starting with “华盛顿:沉痛哀悼,等待调查结果”. Learn terms associated with military operations, including how to describe casualties and collateral damage. Today will feature relatively easy lesson, as the bulk of the vocabulary was in part 1.

客观 (objective) is an important term when describing an impartial perspective, such as in the article, when the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urges a speedy, comprehensive, and objective investigation (联合国秘书长潘基文敦促有关方面进行迅速、全面、客观的调查). Otherwise, you can talk about someone not being objective (他对人并不客观 – he is not objective when it comes to people), or talk about the objective reality (客观现实).

The opposite of 客观 is 主观 (subjective), and it can be used to describe subjective impressions (主观感觉) or art (主观艺术). However, when you say that someone’s judgment is biased, you do not say that his perspective is subjective, but that his perspective is “not objective”, as shown above.

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