Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Is it a matter of degree?

So, is it a matter of degree that when Syria kills children for control of it's space, they are barbarians - but we we kill children for control of Afghanistan, it is a "mistake"?
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In Pakistan, we attacked a bakery where 4 suspected militants were.  Let's assume, for a moment, that these 4 people WERE militants.  They also destroyed the bakery, and anyone who was working there.  Or anyone who lived in the house / bakery.  We don't even talk about the extra lives we killed there.
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One last thing here.  The Obama Administration considers "counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants ".  Really. (LINK) and here (LINK 2).  So that means a 19 year old making bread or a 45 year old father selling bread at the Bakery is a "militant".  Because, as our government says "Counterterrorism officials insist this approach is one of simple logic: people in an area of known terrorist activity, or found with a top Qaeda operative, are probably up to no good. “Al Qaeda is an insular, paranoid organization — innocent neighbors don’t hitchhike rides in the back of trucks headed for the border with guns and bombs,” said one official, who requested anonymity to speak about what is still a classified program. ". Same Links.
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Of course, that sounds like they probably are up to no good.  You know, riding in a truck with a gun or selling bread from a home bakery.
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And, we won't acknowledge to the press we even DO DRONE attacks.  Really!  We brag about it in the media, but when the ACLU requested details on who the US targets and how it is determined, it was stated that the Pentagon and CIA couldn't even verify thee was a drone program because it would hurt national security.
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And so our drones kill children, destroy bakeries, and John McCain complains to the media that Obama won't do anything to stop the killing in Syria.
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Hi ho.

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