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Posted on May 10, 2009
Afghan protest
AP photo / Musadeq Sadeq

An Afghan student shouts anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration in Kabul on Sunday against recent coalition airstrikes in Afghanistan’s remote western Farah province.

By Robert Fisk

Editor’s note: This article was originally printed in The Independent.

Of course there will be an inquiry. And in the meantime, we shall be told that all the dead Afghan civilians were being used as “human shields” by the Taliban and we shall say that we “deeply regret” innocent lives that were lost. But we shall say that it’s all the fault of the terrorists, not our heroic pilots and the US Marine special forces who were target spotting around Bala Baluk and Ganjabad.

When the Americans destroy Iraqi homes, there is an inquiry. And oh how the Israelis love inquiries (though they rarely reveal anything). It’s the history of the modern Middle East. We are always right and when we are not, we (sometimes) apologise and then we blame it all on the “terrorists”. Yes, we know the throat-cutters and beheaders and suicide bombers are quite prepared to slaughter the innocent.

But it was a sign of just how terrible the Afghan slaughter was that the powerless President Hamid Karzai sounded like a beacon of goodness yesterday appealing for “a higher platform of morality” in waging war, that we should conduct war as “better human beings”.

And of course, the reason is quite simple. We live, they die. We don’t risk our brave lads on the ground—not for civilians. Not for anything. Fire phosphorus shells into Fallujah. Fire tank shells into Najaf. We know we kill the innocent. Israel does exactly the same. It said the same after its allies massacred 1,700 at the refugee camps of Sabra and Chatila in 1982 and in the deaths of more than a thousand civilians in Lebanon in 2006 and after the death of more than a thousand Palestinians in Gaza this year.

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And if we kill some gunmen at the same time—“terrorists”, of course—then it is the same old “human shield” tactic and ultimately the “terrorists” are to blame. Our military tactics are now fully aligned with Israel.

The reality is that international law forbids armies from shooting wildly in crowded tenements and bombing wildly into villages—even when enemy forces are present—but that went by the board in our 1991 bombing of Iraq and in Bosnia and in Nato’s Serbia war and in our 2001 Afghan adventure and in 2003 in Iraq. Let’s have that inquiry. And “human shields”. And terror, terror, terror. Something else I notice. Innocent or “terrorists”, civilians or Taliban, always it is the Muslims who are to blame.


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By KDelphi, May 14, 2009 at 8:52 am Link to this comment

garth—Michelle could show what good shape her arms are in by lifting the chldren up, one by one, to wave at reporters.They could play “He Aint Heavy, he’s my Brother” in the background.

Then, she could carry them over to the organic garden, one by one, to “taste veggies not genetically altered by Monsanto”!

Cool!

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By garth, May 14, 2009 at 7:13 am Link to this comment

KDelphi,

That’s a good idea.  It will be like a cutout used for photographic purposes where someone could stand beside the cardboard and wave.
Also, Obama might have a few refugees from Afghanistan at his next State of the Union address.  They could sit next to Michelle in the balcony wrapped in bandages replete with crutches.  And Obama could offer them up as examples of happy recipients of the American Drone Delivery System.
We’ll all get to love it after a while.  Torture, bombing children, the elderly and the infirm….  And we support those who do likewise! Except for the Sri Lankan Army.  What’s up with that?  Is it that the Tamil Tigers are not Muslims?
Obama’s Legacy, Schmegacy.

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By sophrosyne, May 13, 2009 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment
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Citizens in USA feel powrerless and unable to get the facts from the military-industrial crowd.  Bush refused to give the public much information.  Truth is, big oil, munition dealers,  and Israel have been in chanrge of our foreign policy for decades and too many feel powerless to stand up to the powers that be.  America is in moral and economic free fall.  That realization is just beginning to dawn on a few people.  We will never recover.  Obama knows that but dares not say it as phony “optimism” is preferred.

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By KDelphi, May 13, 2009 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment

garth—I think that they will just zerox her, like they did with Pres. Obama, just a darker color and something different between the legs. But, no cajunes.

Deja vu all over again.

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By garth, May 13, 2009 at 11:35 am Link to this comment

With about 40 million Pashtuns, and the use of drones to bomb wedding parties, Hilary Clinton will have to make that “We regret..” speech much more often.  To get cynical, they might tape the speech and just rerun the vanilla regret speech from now on.

It’s amazing.  They always deny, deny, deny, even when the film is shown.
John Pilger said that the Russians who watched the government there did not believe anything until the final denial.  We, however, can believe that our government is at fault at the first issuance of a self-serving statement, like the one that says the Taliban was using children as human shields.
The cowboys and skin heads in Idaho and Montana might be getting armed to the teeth, but they’ll be absolutely no match to the US forces using the Israeli’s tactics in Gaza, which I’m sure the military has formulated as contingency plans.

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By dano1950, May 13, 2009 at 10:51 am Link to this comment

We should be thankful the dummies who push those buttons are on our side..
War has been waged somewhere since recorded history began. We have only taken it to another level..
We are seen by some as ‘warmongers’ who impose our way of life as the right way.
Read the bible where the original 12 tribes were each given a piece of the’promised land’..
It really heated up from that point forward, and will continue till some stupid leader or a ‘jihad’ extremeist gets their hands on a nuke or neutron bomb. I’m surprised it hasn’t happened already. 
They will start lobbing those around till the whole middle east glows in the dark for the next few centuries.
Then the so called superpowers will jump in and without using 5% of their nuclear arsenal, make the whole planet unhabitable—if there’s anyone left to inhabit it.
God supposedly will intervene and prevent this..It’s all a question of faith.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 12, 2009 at 9:22 pm Link to this comment

Sam’s not nearly as funny as me, IMHO.
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And he’s clearly not as dumb as FolkTruther.

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By Folktruther, May 12, 2009 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment

Gosh, sam, you’re fun, just like Inherit.  I don’t remember a post replete with so many absurd assumptions.  I’m afraid I still don’t think the American people have the knowedge or power to stop US foreign policy, although they can aquire it.  and I’m very impressed with your dedication and committment to Prgressive Change, going to demos and all. 

All I did was spend a decade as a communist organizater on the truck docks of LA, trying to lead the rank and file to take over the Teamster’s union.  We were routnely attacked by goons, people killed, our timres slashed, etc but nothing I’m sure compared to what you went through.

I DO claim innocence of the American people for the political crimes of the power structure of my country, and also claim it for the American people who are not political, even though you think we drip with hypocracy.  Most Americans, Sam, indeed most earthpersons, haven’t your wisdom about geostrategic politics or how to fight them. 

And I’m afraid, Sam, I can’t get off my collective ass because I only have one (1).  Most of us are in the same boat and in order to be effective, it is necessary to UNITE all our asses around a political consensus of some kind.

Now this may be easy for you but the rest of us find it very difficult to form one.  Indeed, it is a historical process, now in the process of transition.  But with your obvious political wisdom, Sam, you could help in that process, bringing your collected experience and your cool analytic mind to bang out your reality based and tough minded commnents.  I can hardly wait.

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By KDelphi, May 12, 2009 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment

Where are all the protesters now?? Do we need a draft? How about a rich kid’s draft? The first person to die from this state was a grandmother—a Vietnam war vet.

As long as the rich are exempt from paying any price, morally, as well as financially, nothing will happen. They will just keep chanting that, yes they can!!

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By Inherit The Wind, May 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm Link to this comment

ardee, May 12 at 5:44 pm #

Inherit The Wind, May 12 at 3:32 pm #

I believed the red meat comment was to my expected reaction to Fisk’s baiting…

Al in all your imposed description sounds like you are an interesting guy..I look forward to your posts, they must be doozies!
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Well, most websites like this have a clause that states “For entertainment purposes only!”

So…don’t I have an obligation to be entertaining?  Of course, if you are deadly boring you can get away with saying ANYTHING, because nobody will read it!

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By ardee, May 12, 2009 at 2:44 pm Link to this comment

Inherit The Wind, May 12 at 3:32 pm #

I believed the red meat comment was to my expected reaction to Fisk’s baiting…

Al in all your imposed description sounds like you are an interesting guy..I look forward to your posts, they must be doozies!

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By Sam Clemenz, May 12, 2009 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment
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Folktruther - 12/5/09
“Sam, you are terribly, terribly wrong to consider the American people as much to blame as the American power structure.  The American people do not know what is being done in their name and are so intimidated, deluded and emmersed in their personal lives they don’t much care.  The powerful know precisely what they are doing to further than own interests and are organized to do it, and the people are atomized, individualized and chopped up into small competing groupins.  At the present time they cannot mobilize effectively against power, and so are the anvil rather than the hammer.”

Having lived there through the 50’s, during the Vietnam era, and through the Reagan Administration years, I know full well that the American People know “Full well” what is being done in their names in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the dozens of “other” foreign country’s spanning the globe that don’t make the Media Headlines over there, Folktruther. You need to face up to the reality in the matter and admit that American’s have the knowledge and power to stop their devastating foreign policy, but the majority remain unmoved, or completely apathetic as to the attrocities that America’s Military Machine and Covert Intelligence Agency carries out worldwide “In their Interests”!
I was someone on the ground in Chicago, and Kent State, and there in Washington DC to help through my protest participation, to force Congress to cement the decision to withold the funding for the Vietnam War. Frankly I’m sick to death of hearing about you Poor Victimized People who can do nothing to stop this madness being wrought on the world by YOUR foreign policy.
I wish that someone over there in victim land would indeed develop the backbone to come out and admit that YOUR claim to fighting for Freedom and Democracy is just a thin cover for “Protecting your exceptionlism and Resource Interests that happen to belong to other Sovereign People’s”. You drip with Hypocrisy when you claim innocence for your country’s diabolical deeds. Open your eyes man! This excuse of victimization by your leaders has expired. Get off your collective ass and bring this war wagon to a screeching halt! It’s time you all are held accountable for your actions!

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By KDelphi, May 12, 2009 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment

ITW—Will you ever get over the so-called “death threat” you think you recieved? Youre getting paranoid…I’m not certain that that is what it was, but, since I disagree with you almost constantly, I thought I rather went out on a limb, saying that i thought that the
“death threats” were “out of line”

I didnt know that you enjoyed them enough to make them such a big part of your life. I sure seems to give you something to be angry at the world about…this should help, too.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 12, 2009 at 12:32 pm Link to this comment

Ardee:

Nasty?  C’mon, it’s not nasty to say Fisk is throwing red meat—that’s what he’s doing.  If you want nasty you should see some of the things I’VE been called and accused of.

I’m some sort of Godless religious fanatic, who is a dumb soft liberal and a racist at the same time. I’m both a reactionary neo-con and a socialist liberal—at the same time! I’m a hypocrite and nothing I say should ever be believed “Now I am Lying!” (believe it or not).  I’m smart but a dumb shit and, oh yes, I’m ugly too. (OK, ONE thing may be true…)

And that’s just the funny less-offensive stuff, like wishing I would die and threats to kill me on the field of battle.

There IS over-the-line here at TD, but a thick skin is necessary for survival here.

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By ardee, May 12, 2009 at 12:09 pm Link to this comment

KDelphi, May 12 at 1:20 pm #


ardee..I saw that AF Gen basterd….going to church, playing with his kids and blowing up others. He is probably part of the New AF Crusaders for Christ. I wanted to throw up.

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I forget if it was on John Stewart’s show or Bill Maher’s…darned senior moment…but a guest raised the issue of the armed forces having an increasingly christian oriented leadership. He stated that the Air Force Academy was a particular bastion of right wing christian hate theology.

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By ardee, May 12, 2009 at 12:05 pm Link to this comment

Inherit The Wind, May 12 at 12:41 pm #


Here’s one example, his stupid opening paragraph:

Of course there will be an inquiry. And in the meantime, we shall be told that all the dead Afghan civilians were being used as “human shields” by the Taliban and we shall say that we “deeply regret” innocent lives that were lost. But we shall say that it’s all the fault of the terrorists, not our heroic pilots and the US Marine special forces who were target spotting around Bala Baluk and Ganjabad.
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Thanks for the response, excepting the silly and unecessary “red meat thingie of course. It so happens that I am a constant critic of the actions of the Israeli govt vis-a-vis the palestinian issues. Wherever did you derive otherwise?


He’s decided without evidence:
A) The inquiry will be a coverup.
....you gotta admit the twenty seventh time one hears the usual shallow and superficial claims one becomes inurred to the twenty eigth…..

B) The incredibly brutal Taliban would “never” use civilians as human shields.
....Of course they use shields, who says otherwise. That is not the issue. The issue is our complete willingness to destroy those shields.

C) This is really all just a vicious slander against the just, peaceful, freedom-loving Taliban.
....C’mon. ITW, where on earth does Fisk claim such as this? You like hyperbole much?

D) And, EVEN IF those “false” stories of the Taliban using human shields turn out to be true, then it’s STILL the American pilots’ fault.
....It is certainly the fault of the US in killing civilians, even when those civilians are being used as such. We would not do such a thing as the Taliban does, would we? Then why condone firing into those shields, or worse, shifting blame to the enemy. This is Fisk’s point, and mine as well.

Then he throws in Israel in the next paragraph for no apparent reason other than it’s red meat for poster like you, ardee, even though it’s totally irrelevant to the paragraph and the article.

....See above about red meat..All in all I gotta say you seemed to keep the nastiness to an almost acceptable level..Can we dialogue with its absence?

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By Inherit The Wind, May 12, 2009 at 11:25 am Link to this comment

KD:
There’s no point in my addressing your issues.  As usual, you didn’t bother to read what I wrote, nor read what Fisk wrote, nor think on it. 

I’m sure there’s not one issue in the world today, from the destruction of Amazonian rain forests to the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka to Putin’s grabbing for power that you won’t somehow blame on Israel and Israeli “aggression”.

Back around 1980, Powell, in the Raleigh News and Observer did a pol-cartoon of “Sherlock Helms” saying “Elementary, Watson, The Communists did it!”.  Around here, I’m reminded of that constantly.  “Elemtary, Watson, the Israeli/Zionists did it!”  no matter what it is anywhere in the world.

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By KDelphi, May 12, 2009 at 10:20 am Link to this comment

ITW—Who think that Israeli foreign policy is “totally irrelevant”?? Surely…one reason the “shield” thing is such bullshit, is , that that is what the US/Israeli power structure always says and, then, we find out later what really happened. Second, at first, they said that it was “Taliban who used grenades and then loaded up trucks with 10-12 bodies to make it look like…”. Nobody buys that crap anymore. When was the last time, you heard of any “
inquiry” in the uS or Israel (or, any of our “allies”) that yielded anything but a few grunts supposed guilt.

ardee..I saw that AF Gen basterd….going to church, playing with his kids and blowing up others. He is probably part of the New AF Crusaders for Christ. I wanted to throw up.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 12, 2009 at 9:54 am Link to this comment

Folktruther’s objections are that I don’t say what he thinks I should say to be a good little proper straw man so he just makes up shit about me and says I say it and believe it…like right now.

No, I don’t defend war crimes by the IDF.  Nor do I accept Hamas’s assertions or “TC”‘s assertions primo facie that they occur without corroboration.

Facts.  Something Folktruther has a real mental block against.

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By Folktruther, May 12, 2009 at 9:42 am Link to this comment

Inherit’s objections, Ardee, are based on the fact that Isreal routinely murders civilians, women and childrren which Zioinsts try to cover up or justify, and any attack on the US’s covering up US mass murders reflects adversely on Israel’s mass murders.  The same with torture, since Israel routinely tortures Palestinians, including Palestian children.

Since Inherit routinely considers any criticism of Israel as anti-semetic or ‘hating all Jews’, the Aipac line, I’m surprised that he didn’t accuse Fisk of Anti-semitism as well.  Or being a liar, the other Inherit staple.

Sam, you are terribly, terribly wrong to consider the American people as much to blame as the American power structure.  The American people do not know what is being done in their name and are so intimidated, deluded and emmersed in their personal lives they don’t much care.  The powerful know precisely what they are doing to further than own interests and are organized to do it, and the people are atomized, individualized and chopped up into small competing groupins.  At the present time they cannot mobilize effectively against power, and so are the anvil rather than the hammer.

It is said that the people get the governemt they deserve.  Far more to the point, the government gets the people it deserves.  The American people have been systematically miseducated, misinformed and misentertained from childhood to identify with oppressive power.  You cannot hold the fearful deluded to the same standard as the murderous powerful.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 12, 2009 at 9:41 am Link to this comment

Here’s one example, his stupid opening paragraph:

Of course there will be an inquiry. And in the meantime, we shall be told that all the dead Afghan civilians were being used as “human shields” by the Taliban and we shall say that we “deeply regret” innocent lives that were lost. But we shall say that it’s all the fault of the terrorists, not our heroic pilots and the US Marine special forces who were target spotting around Bala Baluk and Ganjabad.
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He’s decided without evidence:
A) The inquiry will be a coverup.
B) The incredibly brutal Taliban would “never” use civilians as human shields.
C) This is really all just a vicious slander against the just, peaceful, freedom-loving Taliban.
D) And, EVEN IF those “false” stories of the Taliban using human shields turn out to be true, then it’s STILL the American pilots’ fault.

Then he throws in Israel in the next paragraph for no apparent reason other than it’s red meat for poster like you, ardee, even though it’s totally irrelevant to the paragraph and the article.

It’s a badly written POS, without one fact and the usual pot-boilers that appeal to “The Contingent”.

Read my first criticism again—the QUALITY of writing is separate from the POV of the author.  Fisk usually writes like a real journalist, not a high school blogger.

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By jackpine savage, May 12, 2009 at 5:36 am Link to this comment

So except for Afganistan, we were lied to and bullied into Iraq by a political group that knew well what they were doing.

Oh no, we were lied to about Afghanistan too, it’s just that the lies have been told about Afghanistan for several decades on end so we believed them without question.

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By againstneocons, May 12, 2009 at 4:51 am Link to this comment
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Obama is as much a pawn of the violent warmaking zionist philanthropist-humanitarians as Bush ever was. The Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the same debased coin.

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By ardee, May 12, 2009 at 3:00 am Link to this comment

Inherit The Wind, May 11 at 10:47 pm #

This simply Fisk’s worst writing.  It’s nothing but a biased sermon.  Just because you agree with his POV doesn’t mean you should accept his weak and biased arguments
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Perhaps you might enlighten us with your reasons for panning this article. Can you point to which of his arguments you find weak or biased?

Is it the exposure of US violations of international law to which you object? Is it the blatancy of the mention of civilian deaths? Or perhaps you find uncomfortable the whole concept of this nation as bloody butchers? Unless you state your objections one is forced to guess at them.

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By Sam Clemenz, May 11, 2009 at 7:55 pm Link to this comment
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The US couldn’t care less about Civilian casualties. This all boils down to delivering a Foreign Policy message to anyone or country that stands in the path of American moralist domination and American so called interests. The fact that women and children get killed doesn’t make a hill of beans difference other than to make the point that America will stop at nothing in maintaining it’s control through brutal “Overwhelming” force. The Civilians are as much the “Enemy” as the so called Terrorists, who for the most part are just bravely resisting the foreign control and occupation of their homelands.
I don’t buy that the American People aren’t to blame as much as their Government. American’s know exactly whats going on, but choose to look the other way because it’s all being done in “their” interests, as is constantly sold to them by Government and Media, and it’s done to foreigners 1000’s of miles from their home turf which makes it palatable in their own violent culture of armed shock and awe.  The only time it affects them directly is when their own Son gets topped slicing their way under orders of malice and forethought through the “Foreign” countryside fighting the resistance forces they encounter. If civilians get in the way too bad, they were part of the resistance anyway!  Otherwise Civilian’s getting killed is just a story that American’s hear from distant shores they can’t relate to in their day to day lives as specially-bred consumers.
It is EXACTLY the same Game Board that Israel plays, and it is being coordinated between them in order to promote fear and control over anyone who doesn’t go along with their domination game. Overwhelming force is the order of the day. The apologies are hollow and meaningless.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 11, 2009 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment

This simply Fisk’s worst writing.  It’s nothing but a biased sermon.  Just because you agree with his POV doesn’t mean you should accept his weak and biased arguments

I’ve seen better posts from…FolkTruther, Ed Harges, Patrick Henry and even Dwight Baker, than this ARTICLE by Fisk.

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By Crimson Ghost, May 11, 2009 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment

While the establishment debates the merits of torturing prisoners, Moslems continue to be killed day in and day out in savage colonial war of aggression.


Talk about HYPOCRISY and 3-card monte games designed to divert public attention from the real issue.

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By Folktruther, May 11, 2009 at 9:33 am Link to this comment

Earathpeople will never eliminate war historically until we distinguish between power structures that initiate and conduct them and the population that they rule that is indoctrinated to Patriotically support them.  We have to distuigish sharply between people and power, conflated in the ‘we’ of the calculatedly ambiguous term ‘American.’

The American power system is conducting those mass murders, not the American people.  Most Americans probably don’t know about them.  And don’t want to know about them since there is nothing they can do about them. What can be done over historical time is for the American people to mobilize against the American power system to stop this entire War on Terrorism currently being conducted by Obama, having taken it over from Bush.

If Americans oppose the American power structure that rules the American power system, as occurred in the Vietnam war, the wars will end, since, like the Vietnam war, they are lost in any case.  But the leadership of the anti-war groupings have been ccopted by the Dems, and are still cheerleading Obama.  Obama is pulling the triggers killing those people or, more precisely, the American power structurre is that put him in power to rehabilitate the Bushite War on Terrorism. 

The Obama cheerleaders are accepting the different rhetoric, marginal changes, and his nice smile to sugarcoat precisely the same policies of the political revolution iniated by the Bushites. The mainstream political process seeks to involve the politicized fraction of the American people into the diversionary fake conflicts, while it carries out its murderous, and futile, policies. 

These wars are lost.  But the US will not withdraw until the power structure is threatened with a loss of power if it doesn’t.  Obama will continue the mass murder, as Johnson did, until the US power structure made the president withdraw.  Obama will continue smiling, talking about Freedom and Democracy, Security and Responsiblity, and other powerbull until it is against his power intersts to continue to slaughter.  we must make it against his power interests, and that of the American power structure.

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By skulz fontaine, May 11, 2009 at 8:07 am Link to this comment

“America is not at war with Islam.” Thus spake Precedent Obama. However, America is on a crusade against Muslims and ESPECIALLY Muslim children. Want to “change” the future? Kill Muslim children of the present. America’s politicians are repugnant immoral ass-clowns!

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By NYCartist, May 11, 2009 at 7:26 am Link to this comment

I understand the irony, which is why Robert Fisk uses the “we”, but I won’t.  I shall continue to protest, dissent from the wars/occupations of the USA government.  Good article.  And on DemocracyNow headlines this morning, irony in the US government, one person or another, saying Afghanistan government is its own.  Ha ha.  http://www.democracynow.org

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By Jim Yell, May 11, 2009 at 6:31 am Link to this comment
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The most compelling reason for our not getting involved inside other peoples countries is the so called collateral damage. The question that should be asked of the war faction in this country is how would they respond if a foreign army invaded their country and would destroy the homes and kill the people that live in them while fighting? I think their answer would sound a lot like what people in Iraq and Afganistan say about the deeds that led to the deaths of children and parents and siblings. People who had nothing to do with war except it came to the places they call home.

Of course, that is why we should be very careful about starting wars, because these things are going to happen even with the most true motives.

So except for Afganistan, we were lied to and bullied into Iraq by a political group that knew well what they were doing. A political group who protected the Saudi’s who caused 9/11 and then diverted the nations attention by attacking Iraq, the one country that hadn’t contributed anything to 9/11. All of these people killed by our weapons, when we had no true reason to be in Iraq, amount to crimes against humanity. Why isn’t the previous administration in jail awaiting trials? What happened to our country that we have tolerated this. How is it that the new administration continues to shield these gangsters?

But, saying that, if Iraq had been the source of 9/11 the attack would be justified and while regretable the collateral deaths would have been understandable, but the duplicity in the deaths we caused is not based upon honest, need. It is based upon a gangster mentality that has sadly become the Republican Party.

I would suggest that anyone who has an honest bone in their bodies would form a new conservative party and leave the idealogues, the gangsters out of the process. An apology for having mislead and misdirected the countries money and lives, would not be a bad start. This was not an accident.

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By Fadel Abdallah, May 11, 2009 at 5:39 am Link to this comment

As it happened numerous times before, in the 7-year American terrorist war against Afghanistan, a large number of civilians are massacred and the explanation given is the same old worn-out American falsehood that the Taliban are responsible for taking those civilians as human shields. Absent from this gruesome false propaganda are the following facts:

1. That the so-called Taliban constitute a good percentage of the Afghan people who are fighting against a foreign brutal occupation and against a government seen as the puppet of that foreign occupation.

2. That the American soldiers are operating under circumstances of fear and hostility not only toward the Taliban, but toward all Afghans, who in looks, physical appearance, manner of dress and way of life are not much different from the Talibans. Under such circumstances, frightened American soldiers act as trigger-happy gangsters who are more concerned about their own self-defense and survival than thinking about the moral rules of war.

3. The American falsehoods about the Taliban’s taking civilians as human shields are phrases borrowed from the fascist-Israeli terrorists war books fighting against the native Palestinian freedom-fighters.

4. As the latest revelations from Afghanistan indicate, another savage practice by Americans is copied from another page of Israeli terror manuals of using the forbidden phosphorous gazes against Afghans, as the fascist Israelis used it in their latest terror war on Gaza.

5. The old despised military phrase of calling such incidents as “collateral damage” has been lately replaced by even worse propaganda gruesome tool of blaming the native victims for allowing themselves to be so-called taken as human shields against their will.

6. These kind of ugly gimmicks in explaining bloody massacres will have the terrible long-term effects of dehumanizing both the victims and the victimizers with its underlying long-term psychological scars for both sides.

7. The political-military American twisted mentality managed to obscure reality for most Americans to the point that most Americans have forgotten that the war against Afghanistan was carried on under the false pretext that the Taliban were directly involved in enabling the 9/11 tragic event, when in reality the supposedly planners and executors of that event where Saudis, Egyptians and Pakistanis, certainly used and manipulated by CIA and Mossad agents and shoved into the planes flown over the World Trade Center buildings. These are three of the so-called American closest allies in the area after fascist beloved Israel, of course!

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By ardee, May 11, 2009 at 2:53 am Link to this comment

Ironic that , last evening, the show,Sixty Minutes, had as its topic the drone pilots who work in Nevada and murder in Afghanistan. Much was made of the ability of these folks to identify with accuracy the targets they destroyed ( men and women slaughtered) as the enemy. Yet the news of the rising totals of dead civilians refutes such logic with eloquence.

War is bad enough, an action I think to be always a grave mistake. But to sit four thousand miles away, in air conditioned luxury, while dispassionately pushing a button and call it patriotism seems horrific to me.

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