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Would he still make this sacrifice if he knew he wasn’t protecting our “freedom”?

September 3rd, 2012

The child this young man holds in his arms, by my guess is probably only a few weeks old. The tears he’s hiding behind his hands are very, very real. The pain he must feel in his heart, in every fiber of his being, unimaginable.

The caption reads: "This Dad is about to be deployed and is having to say goodbye to his newborn baby girl. Sacrifices like this are made every day, and may we be reminded, that our FREEDOM comes with a cost, and our soldiers and their families are paying it."

As is all effective pro-war propaganda, this image is indeed a stirring one, putting the spotlight on those he leaves behind, portraying his noble sacrifice for the greater good rather than the deception that puts this young man in harms way and daily threatens any chance of ever seeing his baby again.

Would he still make this sacrifice if he knew he wasn’t protecting our “freedom”? That he wasn’t “making the world safer” for that precious baby girl of his? That he is merely a pawn in some rich man’s wars?

I doubt it.

The only reason he’s leaving this little girl is because he’s been lied to.

And if we owe them anything it’s not gratitude or respect, not worshi ppingthe lies they’re fighting and dying for, but rather to inform and remind of these deceptions in hopes that some, even one of them will do the right thing, instead.

 

Relativity

August 24th, 2010

Al-Qaeda is a nasty, brutish, criminal organization which has killed a lot of innocent people.

war is terrorism with a bigger budget
What about American foreign policy (i.e., bombs not diplomacy), which in recent history has killed several orders of magnitude more people, a not insignificant proportion of whom have been innocent.

In May 2009, in a testimony to US Congress, US Advisor to Gen. David Kilmulllen, asked the Obama Administration to call off the drone attacks stating, “We have been able to kill only 14 senior Al Qaeda leaders since 2006 and in the same period, killed over 700 Pakistani civilians.”

Pakistan’s Drone Dilemma

There is absolutely no positive way you can spin a failure rate like that.  So they don’t even try.  The interested individual can find these stories online,but he has to go searching for them.  The news outlets bury the stories if they report them at all, because they are subservient to the State.

In the most recent installment where 20 people were killed, the death toll includes 4 women and 3 children.  Guess they just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, right?  The headlines tend to emphasize that 13 militants were killed, but let’s be real, here: 13 suspected militants,were summarily executed by an unmanned drone so that their accusers never had to present evidence in a court of law.

According to Reuters, “US officials say the drones are a highly effective weapon against militant groups. But civilian casualties in the strikes have angered Pakistanis,” but this “highly effective weapon” hasn’t really gotten any high profile terrorists since Baitulla Mehsud (a year ago), and has an alarming propensity to kill indiscriminately, most reports indicating that between 30 and 40% of those killed in drone strikes are objectively non-combatants.

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