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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Only Amerikan Lives Matter

Along with the rest of you I have been reading stories about the terrorist attack in San Bernadino.  Always accompanying those stories is a series of adjectives which describe the events as the most horrific things ever to have happened to a group of human beings.  Words such as "atrocity," "barbarous," inhumane," "inconceivable," "sadistic," "savage," "vicious," "heinous," "brutal," "merciless" and "diabolical" are used with regularity when describing what has happened to citizens of the Socialist Democracy of Amerika in the handful of terrorist attacks that have taken place.
In stark contrast to the words used to described the SDA citizens who are being killed in the Global War on Terror, as King George II named the current conflagration, those innocents who die in foreign lands are not eulogized with words such as these.  Indeed, their deaths are virtually ignored.  It is as if their lives did not matter at all.  This state of affairs forces me to the conclusion that the citizens of the SDA do not give a damn about the lives of innocent foreigners simply because they are foreigners and only Amerikan lives really matter.  Here are some facts I would like for you to consider today:

  • 414 innocent civilians have been killed by US drone strikes in Pakistan from 2004-2012.  Those 414 innocent people were going about their daily lives when, suddenly, bombs rained down from the sky, killing them in a most brutal and horrible fashion.  Parents saw their children vaporized before their eyes and children saw the extremities of their parents violently ripped from their bodies in a blood-spattered mass of explosions.  All of those drone strikes had come at the behest of the King of the SDA.  Nobody has ever been held accountable for the innocent lives lost.  Nobody in the SDA cares about those 414 innocent people or their surviving family members one whit.  It is as if they never lived. 
  • According to this website, "At least 2,464 people have now been killed by US drone strikes outside the country’s declared war zones since President Barack Obama’s inauguration six years ago, the Bureau’s latest monthly report reveals. Of the total killed since Obama took his oath of office on January 20 2009, at least 314 have been civilians, while the number of confirmed strikes under his administration now stands at 456. Research by the Bureau also shows there have now been nearly nine times more strikes under Obama in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia than there were under his predecessor, George W Bush. And the covert Obama strikes have killed almost six times more people and twice as many civilians than those ordered in the Bush years, the data shows."  What do you think?  At least 314 innocent civilians have been killed by drone strikes in countries around the world that were ordered by King Obama.  These 314 people were just going about their daily lives when terror rained down from the sky, killing them in the most tortuous and barbaric way.  Who in the SDA cares?  Nobody that I know of.
  • According to this website, "In the waning days of the Bush presidency, under then-SOCOM chief Admiral Eric Olson, Special Operations forces were reportedly deployed in about 60 countries around the world. By 2010, that number had swelled to 75, according to Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post. In 2011, SOCOM spokesman Colonel Tim Nye told TomDispatch that the total would reach 120 by the end of the year. With Admiral William McRaven in charge in 2013, then-Major Robert Bockholt told TomDispatch that the number had jumped to 134. Under the command of McRaven and Votel in 2014, according to Bockholt, the total slipped ever-so-slightly to 133. Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel noted, however, that under McRaven's command—which lasted from August 2011 to August 2014—special ops forces deployed to more than 150 different countries. 'In fact, SOCOM and the entire US military are more engaged internationally than ever before—in more places and with a wider variety of missions,' he said in an August 2014 speech."  Did you get all of that?  SDA Special Operations forces are conducting killing missions in 70% of the countries of the world.  70%!  70%!  70%!  Can I emphasize this fact any stronger?  What gives the SDA government and military the right to secretly deploy killing forces into 70% of the world's countries?  Special Ops activities are clothed in unconstitutional and immoral secrecy.  We have no idea how many innocent people have been murdered by them.  Undoubtedly it is in the thousands.  And nobody in the SDA cares about a single one of them.
  • According to this article on Wikipedia,  "Various scientific surveys of Iraqi deaths resulting from the first four years of the Iraq War estimated that between 151,000 to over one million Iraqis died as a result of conflict during this time. A later study, published in 2011, estimated that approximately 500,000 Iraqis had died as a result of the conflict since the invasion. Counts of deaths reported in newspapers collated by projects like the Iraq Body Count project found 174,000 Iraqis reported killed between 2003 and 2013, with between 112,000-123,000 of those killed being civilian noncombatants. For troops in the U.S.-led multinational coalition, the death toll is carefully tracked and updated daily, and the names and photographs of those killed in action as well as in accidents have been published widely. A total of 4,491 U.S. service members were killed in Iraq between 2003 and 2014."  I added the bold print in the above quote.  In a ten year period over 100,000 innocent people were murdered by SDA military forces.  The citizens of the SDA become enraged when a mere ten or fifteen of our people are killed by terrorists but turn a blind eye to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of foreigners at the hands of SDA terrorists.
 According to this article on Wikipedia:
  • In December 2006, a tearful President Hamid Karzai lamented that Afghan children were being maimed and killed by NATO and U.S. bombs and by terrorism. In a heartfelt speech that brought audience members to tears, Karzai said the cruelty imposed on his people "is too much" and that Afghanistan cannot stop "the coalition from killing our children."
  • In May 2007, after heavy aerial bombing by the US military had recently killed 40 to 60 Afghan civilians, including women and children, wounded about 50 more, and destroyed some 100 houses, President Hamid Karzai summoned top foreign generals and diplomats to his palace to reiterate years of complaints over blameless deaths. At a news conference afterward, he said that Afghan lives should be valued too, and the Afghan people could no longer tolerate such casualties.
The above mentioned article concluded with some comments from Afghan President Karzai.  Read them and weep:

  • "Civilian deaths and arbitrary decisions to search people’s houses have reached an unacceptable level and Afghans cannot put up with it any longer."
  • "Five years on, it is very difficult for us to continue accepting civilian casualties. It is becoming heavy for us; it is not understandable anymore."
  • "We are very sorry when the international coalition force and NATO soldiers lose their lives or are injured. It pains us. But Afghans are human beings, too."

I believe it is fair to say that Amerikans are some of the most insular, most uncompassionate, most hateful, most selfish and most barbaric people to have ever populated the face of the earth.  Amerikans routinely turn a blind eye and a cold shoulder to the enormous amount of human suffering that they have created in the world.  Then, when a tiny little event takes place on Amerikan soil, they cry out for vengeance and demand retribution.  That is the way it is when people are citizens of an empire.  They come to expect special treatment.  They come to believe, as our King informed us last Sunday night, that they are "exceptional."  They come to believe that everyone outside the empire is inferior.  And they come to believe that only Amerikan lives matter.


Update:  December 11, 2015

Apparently some members of the SDA military have a conscience.  The article found here describes how four drone operators have had a change of attitude towards their work.  The article says, "the quartet of former Air Force service members wrote in a letter to Obama, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and CIA Director John Brennan.
'We came to the realization that the innocent civilians we were killing only fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like ISIS, while also serving as a fundamental recruitment tool similar to Guantanamo Bay.'
Staff Sergeant Brandon Bryant, Senior Airman Cian Westmoreland, Senior Airman Stephen Lewis and Senior Airman Michael Haas said they felt compelled to speak out because staying silent 'would violate the very oaths we took to support and defend the Constitution.  We came to the realization that the innocent civilians we were killing only fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like ISIS, while also serving as a fundamental recruitment tool similar to Guantanamo Bay,'"

2 comments:

  1. There are two who care, maybe a remnant of people who do.

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    1. Mr. SonDog:
      Thank you for your comment. Sometimes the remnant is very hard to see. But I know it is always out there, somewhere.
      MW

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