…once we say so…
As the US citizenry remains pacified at the thought that their President would commune each Tuesday, ‘Bugsplat Tuesday’, with august personages such as Thomas Aquinas and St Augustine before unleashing death from on high, facts would fail to cooperate, and often. The release of drone files put paid to this precise targeting of ‘bad guys’, an asinine term so beloved of the US corporate media.
With the likely premeditated bombing of that hospital in Kunduz, the US would issue a flurry of contradictory, and even preposterous, excuses with its President finally and glibly proffering some weak tea, ‘a tragic accident’. Again, facts fail to cooperate with the exceptional US policy. Read the rest of this entry »
…war hero senator mccain had merely intoned, ‘bomb, bomb, bomb iran’, no more…
As the US MSM seeks to slink away from the US bombing of the MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, other bloggers and less disreputable media keep the bright light of truth on the atrocity and war crime.
For starters, Kathy Kelly comments over at common dreams blog, The Obscenity of Our War. Kelly weaves in the unleashing of the start of Folly in the Middle East,
Before the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing in Iraq, a group of activists living in Baghdad would regularly go to city sites that were crucial for maintaining health and well-being in Baghdad, such as hospitals, electrical facilities, water purification plants, and schools, and string large vinyl banners between the trees outside these buildings which read: “To Bomb This Site Would Be A War Crime.” We encouraged people in U.S. cities to do the same, trying to build empathy for people trapped in Iraq, anticipating a terrible aerial bombing.
Tragically, sadly, the banners must again condemn war crimes, this time echoing international outcry because in an hour of airstrikes this past Saturday morning, the U.S. repeatedly bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, a facility that served the fifth largest city in Afghanistan and the surrounding region.
And gets into some grisly details of the US bombing, first described by the US as ‘collateral damage’,
“Patients were burning in their beds,” said one nurse, an eyewitness to the ICU attack.”There are no words for how terrible it was.” The U.S. airstrikes continued, even after the Doctors Without Borders officials had notified the U.S., NATO and Afghan military that the warplanes were attacking the hospital.
Momentous week. And not just Baltimore. Today is 30 April. Two days earlier, on 28 April, 50 years ago the United States invaded the Dominican Republic. And in yet another of its great adventures for ‘freedom’ or whatever, several thousand innocent Dominicans would lose their lives.
Both items from teleSURtv.
Not much from the US MSM on that little matter. Nor from the invading power for that matter.
Today is the 40th Anniversary of the US Defeat and the Legacy of its Brutal War against the people of Vietnam. Still, that that Pyrrhic victory would cost the Vietnamese dearly – some three million slaughtered, tons of chemical defoliants, napalm and Agent Orange dumped on its vegetation, in its soil and waterways that continue to show their intended evil in significant and continuing health problems and birth defects
The US had dropped three times the tonnage of bombs on Vietnam than was dropped in all of World War II. It will require some three centuries to locate and defuse those bombs dropped by the US. Former US Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara would late in life express his ‘regrets’, which, mirabile dictu, did make all well again. Read the rest of this entry »
…as the US President whirls and ‘pivots’ with giddy and glib abandon…
The Ever Reliable Omission as America [US] Rides to the Rescue
Gaza now of even less importance to the corporate MSM. The better sell: stunning video and still images. Spectacular air ‘drops’. Grateful people. Solid patriotic headlines: The US strives to avert a humanitarian disaster in Iraq. And US President nominated for Nobel Peace Prize?
But omitted is the background. The US strives to avert a humanitarian disaster, yes, but that is due to the myriad conditions for which the US of George W. Bush with the UK of Tony Blair with their ‘coalition of the willing’ had created. That was Iraq. And today that is Iraq.
The chaos would be facilitated further by the US of Barack Obama and the UK of David Cameron who then would amplify and deepen the chaos by their destruction of Libya from which massive stocks of weapons would flow to rebel factions in the region. And for la crème de la crème. The same Obama and Cameron and their allies would in their lunatic frenzy to overthrow the government of Syria would provide military assistance to their mercenary factions, many of whose members would would then gravitate to the better trained but more extremist groups. And one of those groups funded by US and UK allies would be? So, then we hear, ‘Today America Is Coming To Help’? Cruel irony?
Now We Consider the Evidence
Glenn Greenwald has a concise and illustrated guide to the US and its myriad ‘humanitarian’ interventions that prove so costly to the countries of its interventions, U.S. “Humanitarian” Bombing of Iraq: A Redundant Presidential Ritual. And he includes responses to the question, which two countries are the biggest threat in the world. Not even close, those runners-up. So much for ‘terrorism’. Why build peace and harmony when destruction is so much fun?
And that ‘pivot’. We have the ‘pivot’ of the Obama régime back to what the US does best. And he does so with characteristic flourish, before many a doggedly incurious US citizen can succumb to inquisitiveness and discover the laughable farce of the US President’s dramatic discovery of the ‘New Africa’ and also discover the character of several of his African guests, as highlighted in the mother jones article, Obama’s 5 Most Atrocious Dinner Guests at the US-Africa Leaders Summit. Yet, and obviously, few of the great ‘unwashed’ beyond US borders would be unaware of the role of the US and its western partners in chaos and destruction, and the plunder of the natural resources in many African countries, as elsewhere.
As a purported ‘admirer’ of Dr Martin Luther King it was only natural that the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate President would decide to continue to fervently adhere to the truism of Dr King’s observation that the US is ‘the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today’. Read the rest of this entry »
…but being the US, it was done with noble intentions – ‘humanitarian’ torture…
Where can we start? Why not this thing of torture. One would assume that US officials would by now be aware that the world of the great unwashed knows of, and may have experienced, its foreign ‘adventures’ and the resulting costs to innocent citizens and their countries. So what we do we have? A US President who holds forth with unctuous nonchalance as if his audience were a bunch of timid first-year university students, clearly the US MSM.
The posture and the pronouncement convey that breezy dismissiveness, certainly not what one would expect for such a grave matter. Obama admits CIA ‘tortured some folks’ but stands by Brennan over spying. ‘We tortured some folks’? That is the best the Law School Professor President has? It seems that he forgot to mention that, ‘But not their pets.’ which should win votes and contributions from pet lovers. Read the rest of this entry »
…the blood of innocents, ‘those others’, as the media courtiers sing the praises of chaos and death…
First, images to stir the emotions and restore that moral core, About a Girl: To ‘Liesel’ in Gaza…
Just the images, no more. Innocent children as this slaughtered. Who knows her fate now? And to attempt any assistance to such dispossessed will incur the wrath and skewed justice system of the accomplice.
The next is a haunting image from an Israeli artist, the second in fillip spagnoli’s post, Iconic Images of Human Rights Violations (166): Death in Gaza
Yes, shadows of four little boys playing football is all that remained from that airstrike, and will remain in our memories – as Obama played, what, at golf? Or made some facetious remark on some matter demanding an adult response? Read the rest of this entry »
…in the face of atrocities, acquiescence, silence for some is anathema, complicity; for others, the path to acceptance and reward…
How does this story start? Well, we have an academic who states, I’m joining Norm Finkelstein tomorrow to commit civil disobedience in protest of Israel’s war on Gaza. Unlike some Western politicians who state and assume that any mere statement of principle is, ipso facto, its fruition, the academic does join the protest. And how do we know? On crooked timber where Corey Robin blogs, we read, Corey arrested. That point of ‘enough is enough’ can be gleaned in this earlier post, The Higher Sociopathy, where we have,
The Gaza war, you see, is not a war over tunnels. It’s not even a war in defense of Israel. It’s a war about…war, a war in defense of just war. Once upon a time, crackpots thought they were fighting a war to end all wars. That was its justice. Now they’re fighting a war in order to make just war possible. That is its justice.
The theory of just war is supposed to impose limits upon the launching and fighting of wars. It’s a condition of, a constraint upon, war. But here it becomes the end—both the aim and the justification—of war. Because that is the aim of Israel’s war, “civilians cannot be used” to make such a war “impossible.” They must instead be used to make it possible.
Clearly, Prof Robin is unworried about deeper moral issues such as jeopardising any votes or any contribution to any Presidential ‘Library’ or any contributions to corporate party campaign coffers.
The patriotic performance of principled politicians? Well, just over a week ago, we had, Gaza crisis: Palestinian death toll climbs past 500 as hospital is hit. From that news report, we would get,
Speaking to the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, by telephone early on Monday, Obama expressed his concern over the deaths on both sides, the White House said in a statement.
In their second call in three days, Obama “reaffirmed Israel‘s right to defend itself” and called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.
David Cameron also spoke to Netanyahu, reiterating “the UK‘s strong support for Israel‘s right to take proportionate action to defend itself from” Gaza rockets, while expressing condolences over the Israeli deaths and concern over the “mounting civilian casualties in Gaza“.
Cameron agreed with Netanyahu that the way out of the “spiral of violence” was through the Egyptian ceasefire initiative, a spokesman for the British PM said.