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The Bases of Empire

By Catherine Lutz

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The Arizona Shooting, as Seen From Europe

Posted on Jan 10, 2011
AP / Chris Carlson

Crime scene investigators pause Monday during a national moment of silence at the site of Saturday’s shooting in Tucson, Ariz.

The Christian Science Monitor took a brief survey Monday of the coverage of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting from across the Atlantic, browsing British, French, German and Dutch publications to see how the violence and its aftermath registered from their points of view.

The Christian Science Monitor:

Much of the German editorial position on Giffords was strongly accusatory of the political climate in the US in recent years.

The conservative Die Welt stated today that: “This murderous attack came from an atmosphere of discord and self-doubt, because America is experiencing the limits of its power on a daily basis, whether it be on distant fronts or with dissatisfaction at home. It has never been like this. There always was the motto: ‘Yes, we can.’ Today, widespread pessimism prevails, because of the financial crisis, and because of Iraq and Afghanistan, lost battles ...”

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By Peter Knopfler, January 12, 2011 at 11:41 am Link to this comment

Europe forget it , more exciting in MEXICO, closer to
Arizona, Saturday same day as Arizona shooting. here
in Mexico 51 dead and 15 heads cut off, all on the
same day.Yet the Mexico killings are not very
important news,world wide, because this happens
everyday and public immunity to murders in Mexico and
strictest GUN LAWS no GUNS for Mexicans, so they can
not defend themselves 30,000 murders in 4 years, be
like Switzerland family shooting ranges to teach
people how to defend their home and loved ones. Had
someone in Tucson a gun in the crowd that 9 year old
girl would be alive today.As for Mexico I would
rather shoot it out than have my head cut off.

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By Tobysgirl, January 11, 2011 at 5:44 pm Link to this comment

I’m not holding my breath regarding the “good people of this country.” In my experience, the “good” people like to do things like attend anti-racism rallies then follow up with voting for politicians who pursue racist policies. Maybe because I live in Maine, which was just bought by the Heritage Foundation for a few bucks, I am extra-cynical but I don’t think so.

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By G.Anderson, January 11, 2011 at 11:49 am Link to this comment

The West is broken. A broken system produces broken people. And in the breaking their disease spreads to others.

There are many millions of people hanging by a thread. But even then, they somehow get through the day, and manage to continue to put the best foot foward..

Don’t sell this country short, even if our leadership, is selling us out daily, the good people of this country, whose hope put them there, will see it through.

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By D.R. Zing, January 11, 2011 at 2:36 am Link to this comment

She was born on September 11, 2001
on the eve of sociopathic revenge
exacting sociopathic revenge
and thereby inciting sociopathic revenge
as two rich boys
on other sides of the globe
compared the size of their rages
and demonstrated just how far they could spit
to impress their daddies
whom they both hated respectively
but also loved in the way that only sons
who want to kill their fathers
can love their fathers.

She was shot to death January 8, 2011.
The rich boys have retired.
The wars have not

January 10, 2011, D.R. Zing, The Wars Have Not Stopped

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By aacme88, January 10, 2011 at 10:14 pm Link to this comment

@ skulz

That young men and women in the US aren’t in the streets at this point is symptomatic of the utter dispair rampant there. People know the economy isn’t coming back this time, for them anyway, that the class war is almost over, and Big Brother won. It will take a period of grief before the anger sets in.

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By skulz fontaine, January 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment

Empire Amerikana is in disarray, disrepair, twitchy paranoia, twitchy fingers on
triggers, corruption spread far and wide, and the system is dysfunctional and
But hey, Amerika’s boys and girls ain’t out in the streets tossing Molotov’s so we
must be just fine.

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