Thursday, October 16, 2008

Celebrating Violence: A U.S. Traditional Value

So, will the collapse of the economy end our imperial wars? Probably not right away so don’t look for any miracles. I believe that as long as China is willing to lend our federal government money to continue the wars the wars will continue. And keep in mind Obama is already committed to escalating the war in Afghanistan (as is McCain) with his plans for sending another 10,000 troops to Afghanistan in America’s war against children and little babies. Oh! You thought we were killing terrorists? But then if we were to kill terrorists we would have to kill ourselves since we are by far the largest purveyor of terror in the world today. We fully back the Israeli genocide of the Palestinians as Obama himself said when he groveled and fawned before AIPAC assuring them that if Obama were president he would most certainly keep the blood money pumping into the Israeli coffers. We have been conducting a war in Somalia though the news and most liberal blogs ignore that fact. Never-the-less we are in fact terrorizing that nation much more than bin Laden ever terrorized us. Then there is Afghanistan where the U.S. military purposefully targets civilians – as we do everywhere -- a tactic the U.S. has used ever since WWII where we developed the idea that by bombing civilians it would cause our enemies to give up sooner than otherwise. If that isn’t terrorism what is? If you believe that what the Pentagon tells us about surgical air strikes is true you are sadly mistaken. The reality is that there is really very little “collateral” damage since the U.S. purposefully targets civilians. Let me repeat that – we purposefully target civilians and that includes everyone, perhaps the only thing that is even remotely democratic here in the States. After all, the purpose of democracy is (or so they say) to be all-inclusive and we are certainly all-inclusive when it comes to bombing. And then of course there is Iraq, all but forgotten in this election period but then at this point there is very little to say about Iraq a monument to monumental stupidity, greed, avarice, vindictiveness, and the violent mind-set of the U.S. for we are certainly the most violent people on the planet Earth.

The Europeans are no better considering NATO is for all purposes a lapdog to U.S. foreign policy if it can be dignified that way.

Washington Post

KABUL, Oct. 15 -- In a bow to public outrage over a recent spate of U.S.-led airstrikes in Afghanistan that resulted in more than 100 civilian deaths, NATO officials have ordered commanders to try to lessen their reliance on air power in battles with insurgents, NATO and Afghan officials said Wednesday.

Brig. Gen. Richard Blanchette, NATO's chief spokesman in Afghanistan, said commanders are now under orders to consider a "tactical withdrawal" when faced with the choice of calling in air support during clashes in areas where civilians are believed to be present. The goal of the order is to minimize civilian casualties, encourage better coordination with Afghan troops and discourage overreliance on air power to repel insurgent attacks, Blanchette said.

"We'll do anything we can to prevent unnecessary casualties, and we'll ensure that we'll have safe use of force. That includes not only airstrikes but ground operations," Blanchette said.

Confusion and controversy over airstrikes have bedeviled the U.S.-led military mission in Afghanistan in recent months. This summer, three U.S. airstrikes in separate parts of the country that killed more than 100 Afghan civilians provoked sharp criticism from Afghan government officials, the United Nations and international humanitarian groups.

According to the U.N. mission in Afghanistan, more than 1,400 Afghan civilians were killed in the first eight months of this year. Of those, 395 were killed in airstrikes by Western forces. The number of civilians killed by U.S.- and NATO-led airstrikes has risen by 21 percent this year, a recent U.N. report said.

Leave it to the WaPo to let us know that confusion and controversy over airstrikes has “bedeviled” the U.S. military. Poor babies, do it hurt and have a temperature? Nothing sadder than a bunch of bedeviled murderers. Last summer my house came very close to being destroyed by a forest fire but the fear of losing property to a natural disaster is nothing, nothing, compared to the terror the U.S. strikes in the hearts and minds of so many third world nations around the globe. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to live in fear day after day, month after month, year after year, as warplanes roar overhead raining down death and destruction the way our victims must. But this is how the game is played as illustrated by the WaPo. First you deliberately terrorize a nation by targeting civilians then you deny that you would do such a thing calling it unfortunate and regrettable later to admit that okay maybe we killed some civilians but it was not purposeful when it most certainly was.

Since it appears that Obama (D-Wall Street) will be the next Murderer-in-Chief I do not marvel at his enthusiasm for war despite the rather obvious fact that the war on terror has brought our own nation to the brink of destruction. Either Obama is the stupidest motherfucker I ever saw or he is delusional or a complete liar and McCain is no better. As I have said before the next president will be a national undertaker hammering the last nails into the lid of the coffin and Obama would make a very good undertaker. McCain would kill you with a sledge hammer but Obama would be more humane, perhaps a nice lethal injection would do the trick. We are all horrified by the news of a young mother killing her three year old baby girl but when it comes to brown people and third world nations we don’t bat an eye. It was unfortunate, regrettable, but well worth it to protect fat white businessmen from losing money.


At October 17, 2008 3:37 PM, Anonymous Brian said...

Depressing post. Yet my friends keep telling me "You gotta make a choice. It's A or B"

At October 17, 2008 5:31 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

A or B implies a whole rest of the alphabet that hasn't been given a chance.

At October 17, 2008 7:02 PM, Blogger rob payne said...

Brian, nice to hear from you and thanks for the comment. My purpose is not to be depressing though I readily admit the topic of war is depressing. One does not have to vote for either presidential candidate but you can vote against Pelosi who helped Bush every step of the way. One could vote for Cindy Sheehan instead of Pelosi who ought to be impeached herself.

Jonathan, how true.


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