Sham War

May 10, 2011

A whole shitload of US peoples have nothing between their ears, except maybe emotions placed there by an incompetent, corrupt media and in reality, are like dumb-ass sheep responding to the most-lowest of hysteria.
This past week is a shameful example.

Even as climate change is wrecking havoc upon the US — unimaginable flooding along the Mississippi River, a drought of pre-history proportions in Texas, a horrible spade of ‘unnatural’ tornadoes killing and destroying in the southeast — people are out in the streets blubbering about how great the nation, how wonderful the killing of a guy in a place far, far away.
And without a sliver of a clue.

Kathy Kelly, an activist with Voices for Creative Nonviolence, describes how US drone strikes affect/effect ordinary life in Pakistan in a post at Counterpunch.
The central theme:

Just three days after Osama bin Laden was killed, an attack employing remote-control aerial drones killed fifteen people in Pakistan and wounded four.
Last month, a drone attack killed 44 people in Pakistan’s tribal region.
CNN reports that their Islamabad bureau has counted four drone strikes over the last month and a half. Friday’s suspected drone strike was the 21st this year.
There were 111 strikes in 2010.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan estimated that 957 innocent civilians were killed in 2010.
I’m reminded of an encounter I had, in May, 2010, when a journalist and a social worker from North Waziristan met with a small Voices for Creative Nonviolence delegation in Pakistan and described, in gory and graphic detail, the scenes of drone attacks which they had personally witnessed: the carbonized bodies, burned so fully they could be identified by legs and hands alone, the bystanders sent flying like dolls through the air to break, with shattered bones and sometimes-fatal brain injuries, upon walls and stone.
“Do Americans know about the drones?” the journalist asked me.
I said I thought that awareness was growing on University campuses and among peace groups.
“This isn’t what I’m asking,” he politely insisted.
“What I want to know is if average Americans know that their country is attacking Pakistan with drones that carry bombs.
Do they know this?”
“Truthfully,” I said, “I don’t think so.”
“Where is your democracy?” he asked me. “Where is your democracy?”

Yes, indeed — on those university campuses this week, however, were the joyous chants of ‘USA, USA’ in the killing of Osama bin Laden without a second (or a third, or maybe even a fourth) thought on the real picture of what the so-called ‘war on terror’ really means.
These kids weren’t even teen-agers on Sept. 11, 2001.

In that regard, Kelley B. Vlahos, in a post at antiwar.com, says it plain:

The result hasn’t exactly been pretty.
While there’s plenty of thoughtful analysis assessing the raid itself — the details and legality, the Pakistani fallout, the impact on the wars in Afghanistan and even Iraq going forward — count on the mainstream media to frame yet another major event down to its lowest common denominator, in a way that indicates Americans are all cynical, narcissistic, brutish, and not to mention a little desperate to prove we can still “get it up.”

Even Jon Stewart at The Daily Show slobbered about Osama’s death without a decade’s worth of context at all — see ‘Big Deady’ here.

And what about the US-led wars, where US GIs are still dying and getting crippled — will Osama’s death mean anything other than more warfare?
US officials in Afghanistan issued warnings Monday to Americans about an increase in violence in country, while at the same time, Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, the U.S. military commander responsible for Afghanistan’s eastern border with Pakistan, says although Osama’s death “definitely hurt” the insurgency, nothing will change: It’s not the end of the war, as some people are saying,” Campbell said in a telephone interview. “One man doesn’t make the war, and so we’ve got to continue to stay at it.”

Meanwhile, at the same time, US troops in Afghanistan are seemingly a reverse bounce from Osama’s killing: U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan are experiencing some of the greatest psychological stress and lowest morale in five years of fighting, reports a military study.
Meanwhile, too, in Iraq al-Qaeda is getting stronger in a forceful comeback bid while the Iraqi government’s resources are getting weaker — one must remember there was no al-Qaeda in Iraq until after the US invasion, as they’re there because we’re there.

Those kids dancing in the streets last week should look beyond Osama bin Laden and the horrible, dumb-ass US foreign policy in the Middle East — a shameful sham.

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