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Gibson writes: "Here's a question for everyone tweeting mournful thoughts on the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag: Whenever scores of innocent civilians are killed in U.S. airstrikes, do you tweet #WeArePakistan or #WeAreSyria? If the answer is no, that should give you pause. Ask yourself why you're compelled to feel for white victims of terror, but don't bother to tell your friends on social media about your sadness over the deaths of the thousands of nameless Middle Eastern civilians that the U.S. government has caused."

A journalist's bloody camera in the aftermath of the Palestine Hotel bombing in Baghdad, 2003. (photo: Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images)
A journalist's bloody camera in the aftermath of the Palestine Hotel bombing in Baghdad, 2003. (photo: Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images)


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What Presidents Obama and Bush Have in Common With the Charlie Hebdo Shooters

By Carl Gibson, Reader Supported News

08 January 15

 

ere’s a question for everyone tweeting mournful thoughts with the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag: Whenever scores of innocent civilians are killed in U.S. airstrikes, do you tweet #WeArePakistan or #WeAreSyria? If the answer is no, that should give you pause. Ask yourself why you’re compelled to feel for white victims of terror, but don’t bother to tell your friends on social media about your sadness over the deaths of the thousands of nameless Middle Eastern civilians that the U.S. government has caused.

Yes, the attack on the Charlie Hebdo office that resulted in 12 dead Europeans was a tragedy. But it was no more of a tragedy than the recent U.S. airstrikes in Syria, which our own government has admitted killed innocent civilians. It’s no more of a tragedy than civilians being killed by U.S. drone strikes, which have killed 2,400 people since 2010 and claimed the lives of 168 to 200 children in Pakistan alone. It’s no more of a tragedy than the 85 Americans who die every day as a result of gun violence. And it’s no more of a tragedy than the 22 U.S. veterans who kill themselves every day because of the scars that perpetrating violent U.S. foreign policy leaves on their bodies, minds, and hearts. We should question why there’s such inconsistency between how American media saturates us with coverage of the deaths of 12 French satirists, yet relegates innocent victims of imperialist foreign policy to obscurity.

The men who killed the Charlie Hebdo writers over satirical cartoons are suspected to be radical Muslims and are widely renounced as terrorists. Yet, President Obama has bombed seven predominantly Muslim nations – Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Syria, and Iraq – in his six years as president, and he was given a Nobel Peace Prize. Just like the Charlie Hebdo attackers, President Obama kills extrajudicially, administering collective punishment for the actions of a few. And just like the radical jihadis who carried out the attack in France, President Obama has legions of delusional followers who back him every step of the way, despite the senseless violence of his actions. Let’s face it: The only reason Obama is so loved by so many despite his policies and the Charlie Hebdo attackers are so vilified is because of the color of their victims.

But President Obama is simply carrying out the wishes of the empire he speaks for, just as President George W. Bush did during his 8 years. In 2004, President Bush expressed an interest in bombing Al Jazeera’s headquarters in Qatar, one of the few allies the U.S. has in the region. The only thing that stopped Bush from carrying out an attack that would have killed far more journalists than the Charlie Hebdo attackers did was a memo from Tony Blair urging him not to. Before that, the Bush administration oversaw a missile strike on Al Jazeera’s Baghdad office during the 2003 invasion of Iraq that killed a reporter. And the infamous “Collateral Murder” video that Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning leaked in 2006 shows U.S. gunships killing a Reuters journalist with a .30 caliber machine gun, along with the people who rushed to help him as he was bleeding in the street.

This outpouring of sorrow over the French journalists killed for drawing cartoons is especially worrisome in Europe, which has seen an uptick of anti-Muslim demonstrations in recent months. Just as it would be ignorant for Muslims to say that Christianity is violent because Obama, a Christian president, bombs Muslim countries, it’s ignorant for Christians to say that all Muslims are violent because a miniscule number of them commit acts of terrorism. Yet despite this, anti-Muslim marches are becoming a regular occurrence in Germany. A recent poll showed a whopping 1 in 8 Germans would join an anti-Muslim march in their neighborhood. And the Golden Dawn party in Greece, which has a sizable presence in parliament and whose symbol eerily resembles a swastika, openly embraces a platform encouraging violence against immigrants – particularly Muslims. The sorrowful media coverage of the 12 dead Charlie Hebdo writers will only stoke more irrational hatred of Muslims in Europe.

If Americans want to direct anger at the killers of the French journalists, they need only look at their own government. The wave of fundamentalist Islam that is destabilizing the Middle East is due almost exclusively to our meddling in Middle Eastern affairs. President Eisenhower authorized the CIA-sponsored overthrow of Mohammed Mossadegh, Iran’s democratically-elected leader in 1953, which led to the brutal rule of the Shah and the subsequent revolution that put the Ayatollahs in power. The CIA helped Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath Party seize power in Iraq in the 1960s after Hussein’s two previous coup attempts failed. President Reagan armed the Taliban in Afghanistan to fight the Soviet Union in the 1980s. And in 2012, President Obama armed Syrian extremists to overthrow Bashar al-Assad, which one former CIA operator has said led to the creation of ISIS. The men who killed the Charlie Hebdo writers might never have taken such action if not for American foreign policy that creates perpetual war and destabilization – the perfect breeding ground for radical Islamic thought.

We Americans live under a violent government that desensitizes us to its brutality overseas with clever propaganda. Is it any coincidence that the #1 movie in America right now is Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” – a film about a man who singlehandedly killed 150 people in Muslim countries during American wars of aggression? One of the most talked-about movies near the end of 2014 was “The Interview,” which was essentially a comedic version of the U.S. government’s fantasy of regime change in North Korea. It seems that everywhere we look, American media and culture encourages us to cheer for Americans as we oppress and brutalize countries around the world. Cheerleaders of George W. Bush’s Iraq War said 9/11 was an attack on our freedoms, and the loudest mourners of the Charlie Hebdo attack have adopted the George W. Bush world view, saying the attack was about press freedom.

Let’s not be fooled by the media into hating an entire group of people for one isolated attack, and let’s mourn all victims of terror equally, whether the terrorist practices Islam or is the President of the United States.



Carl Gibson, 26, is co-founder of US Uncut, a nationwide creative direct-action movement that mobilized tens of thousands of activists against corporate tax avoidance and budget cuts in the months leading up to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Carl and other US Uncut activists are featured in the documentary "We're Not Broke," which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. He currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin. You can contact him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and follow him on twitter at @uncutCG.

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+18 # Anarkismo 2015-01-08 20:01
Something is keeping me from accepting the parallel you have suggested here. I've had to learn acceptance and forgiveness to keep anger from driving me into a perpetual loop of self destructive behavior. Something along the lines of what Gandhi taught I guess.
Violence is not beneficial to either the victims or the perpetrators.
 
 
-42 # gentry cooper 2015-01-09 03:40
Your lack of intelligence and your lack of any moral character is what is keeping you from accepting the parallel suggested here.
 
 
+63 # Inspired Citizen 2015-01-09 06:57
There is a bifurcation in people's thinking: good and evil, us and them. Nation and other. It's a false division that's based largely on fear.

We need to disassemble the American Empire and learn to leave people alone. That's the key to world peace.

We need an American revolution.

http://www.amendmentgazette.com/2015/01/01/sparking-third-american-revolution/
 
 
+32 # Kootenay Coyote 2015-01-09 09:51
A revolution is just another turn of the wheel: different figureheads, same violent system. What we all need is a Renaissance.
 
 
+34 # REDPILLED 2015-01-09 10:42
State terrorism, such as that perpetrated by the U.S. and Israel, to name only two of many examples, always kills and maims more people than smaller-group terrorism, such as what happened in Paris.

Western media, in service to imperialism, have taught us not to see such U.S. state terrorism for what it is. But its victims in all the lands bombed by U.S. drones know the truth.
 
 
+4 # WestWinds 2015-01-10 22:08
Quoting REDPILLED:
"Western media, in service to imperialism, have taught us not to see such U.S. state terrorism for what it is."

--- But Anonymous has.

"... But its victims in all the lands bombed by U.S. drones know the truth."


--- And thanks to Anonymous, now so do we.
 
 
-9 # brux 2015-01-10 19:37
Yeah, somehow the reality of an awful lot of people here on RSN goes something like this, Bush, Obama, the whole country of America are all personally worse than ISIS, or Al-Qaeda or whatever the subject of the moment is. It's ridiculous, but they do take it seriously.
 
 
0 # WestWinds 2015-01-10 22:13
# brux 2015-01-10 19:37 Quote:

Yeah, somehow the reality of an awful lot of people here on RSN goes something like this, Bush, Obama, the whole country of America are all personally worse than ISIS, or Al-Qaeda or whatever the subject of the moment is. It's ridiculous, but they do take it seriously.
--- Two wrongs don't make a right, Brux,
and imperialism is patently wrong on its face, no matter who is perpetrating it; wrong is still wrong.
 
 
-2 # brux 2015-01-11 01:43
> and imperialism is patently wrong on its face, no matter who is perpetrating it; wrong is still wrong.

I'd have to disagree on that. There are a lot of cultures that have benefitted from Western Imperialism. I don't deny there was a lot of bad history, but that is what world history is like. When Rome collapsed there was over 500 years of the dark ages as things went to hell.

Today's Imperialism is not what it was 100 years ago. That is demonstrable in history. I know a lot of Indians and they have a huge respect for English culture and Western Civilization.

Imperialism has to be judged by the time and place.
 
 
+80 # Activista 2015-01-08 20:46
There is a validity in the parallel above ... US state killing via bombs, drones is considered "civil"
killing by religious fanatics with knife/kalashnik ov is terrorism ....
we need to bring the charge of terrorism on leaders of the state ... as we do on 3 criminals in France ...
It is encouraging that Carl Gibson - young thinking generation has courage to bring these parallels out, and that media can publish it.
 
 
+13 # Buddha 2015-01-09 12:28
Yeah, but it certainly isn't the MainStream Media being honest here, is it? Even supposed liberals like Bill Maher are in on it. Instead of admitting honestly that our foreign policy of the post WWII years and the forced occupation of Palestine to create the State of Israel is truly the driving cause of radicalization and "terrorist" asymmetric warfare attacks, the American people are fed by their media false narratives of Maher's "It is because of the nature of Islam", W's "They Hate us For our Freedoms", even the "This is an attack on Free Speech" of the last few days.
 
 
+77 # RMDC 2015-01-08 21:31
Right on, Carl.

If a poll were taken, probably someting like 99% of Muslims would condemn the violence of the few extremists who shot the cartoonists. But if Obama "retaliates" and bombs targets in Yemen, Syria, Sudan, and Somalia killing 100 people, 60% of Americans and French would support that and be cheering in the streets.

The USA is world leader in barbarism. When the US stops, the violence all over the world will decline.

There's an insanity that controls the US. During the cold war, the extreme right preached that there could be no peaceful co-existence between communism and capitalism. It was a war to the death. Now that communism is dead, American extremists follwing Samuel Huntington believe in a "clash of civilizations" and there can be no peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians/Jews . It is a war to the death.

Bush launched an all out global war on Islam. All Muslims in every nation on earth know this. Most Americans are too stupid to know. 99.999999% of Muslims don't retaliate violently. A tiny minority do respond with violence. Compare this to the 60% of Americans who support and cheer the bombs Amerikkka drops on Muslims.
 
 
+25 # ThorunnPS 2015-01-09 08:15
Say rather "uninformed" than stupid. Don't fall into the error of labeling people and calling them names. Americans are no stupider than any other people, but due to the size and self-sufficienc y of the country they are on the whole incredibly insular culturally, disregarding anything but their own point of view and uninterested in the rest of the world.
 
 
+22 # Guy 2015-01-09 09:11
Yes "Uninformed" but mostly asleep and the majority don't want to wake up ,otherwise those no-minds in congress and the senate would not get re-elected.So it is easy for the masses to follow the regurgitated madness of "Je suis Charlie Hebdo" when not taking into account what Carl has so well written .I do believe that it is not only a US problem but at least North American.I yearn for the Wake Up Call.
 
 
+5 # economagic 2015-01-09 20:13
I have it on the authority of a close friend who is a long-recovering addict--as well as Anne Wilson Schaef (When Society Becomes ad Addict, 1987) and my own experience with my first wife, who ate herself to death--that this willful ignorance amounts to addictive behavior.
 
 
+9 # John Escher 2015-01-10 09:08
Quoting ThorunnPS:
Say rather "uninformed" than stupid. Don't fall into the error of labeling people and calling them names. Americans are no stupider than any other people, but due to the size and self-sufficiency of the country they are on the whole incredibly insular culturally, disregarding anything but their own point of view and uninterested in the rest of the world.


The word "stupid" will do quite nicely, thanks.
 
 
+5 # WestWinds 2015-01-10 22:33
#RMDC: Quote:
"There's an insanity that controls the US. During the cold war, the extreme right preached that there could be no peaceful co-existence between communism and capitalism. It was a war to the death. Now that communism is dead, American extremists following Samuel Huntington believe in a "clash of civilizations" and there can be no peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians/Jews . It is a war to the death.
--- There was an archeologist, sociologist, anthropologist named Marija Gimbutas (Marija Gimbutas (Lithuanian: Marija Gimbutienė; January 23, 1921 – February 2, 1994) who discovered in one of her digs an ancient town where Jews, Christians and Pagans all lived together. The thing of note was there was not a single implement of war.

For me it comes down to the industrialists. They produce everything from the boots, uniforms, tanks, helicopters, planes, fossil fuels (gas and oil) to run all of the machinery, to the C Rations/Sea Rats/MRE's and bottled water. SO, it is in the best interests of industrialists to keep the war machinery rolling. I think this class of people should be strictly regulated and not allowed to have too much money (to invariably get into trouble with.)
 
 
+19 # Saberoff 2015-01-08 23:18
Thanks Carl. Beyond me why some posters (above) just can't see the parallel(?)
 
 
+12 # cwbystache 2015-01-09 08:19
Here ya go:

"There is none so blind, as he who WILL not see"
--Ray Stevens, "Everything is Beautiful"
 
 
+18 # A P 2015-01-09 08:47
The actual quote:

"There are none so hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." Goethe

Or "An eye for an eye just makes the whole world blind." Gandhi

The US public is pretty much enslaved by the propaganda they are fed and uncritically accept. Even the "progressive" media like RSN are closely bounded by "acceptable dissent".

I come to such sites hoping to see the US "progressive" journalists will step beyond their self-imposed limits. Not often, and they are shouted down with great regularity.

A nation of Milgram's button pushers and Zimbardo's Prison Guards. But all thinking they are spreading "democracy and freedom" by "fighting terrorism"...

Do what the nice man on TV tells you to, work, shop and vote Rep/Dem...
 
 
+5 # cwbystache 2015-01-09 09:09
but I'm not quoting any of them, though of course they are wonderful
 
 
+31 # CarolynScarr 2015-01-08 23:19
Every man's [and woman's] death diminishes me
John Donne
I invite any who would mourn the deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan and Gaza and the United States and can get there to join us in front of the Oakland, CA, Federal Building for the Living Graveyard noon to one, usually the third Monday of each month - rescheduled for federal holidays and other impediments. Legal, nonviolent, and sober in atmosphere.
Check out www.epicalc.org
 
 
+21 # kasta626 2015-01-08 23:46
Perpetual war for the empire! That brings $$$ to corporate America. Our court system is also broken, corrupt and in need to expose that justice in the US is for sale! Read "DEATH OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM" by Linda Achors and Gene Wzorek from Chicago the most corrupt state, and the hometown of Obama! We are not stupid, a black man as president, next is a woman in the White House, and after that a Hispanic! !
 
 
-2 # brux 2015-01-11 01:47
There are conflict in the world to resolve.

One way or another they are not going to go away. We have a clash of civilizations going on that has been mostly imperialist and military, however is moving to a battle of ideas.

You either support a path to a free state or you don't.

Russia, China and the Islamic countries do not support freedom.

In the US we have freedom. We have free speech.

Just because it is not perfect is no reason to settle for something much worse.
 
 
+26 # Anonymot 2015-01-08 23:53
Very well put and brave to point it out.

As one who divides my life between America and France there's another interesting parallel. Two Presidents and their "advisors" who were politically, morally, and economically corrupt stood toe to toe and argued about warring with Iraq until America boycotted French goods. But the BushCheney team could not be stopped. Corrupt or not, Chirac wasn't dumb.

Then two ineffectual, puffballed Presidents sat on their armchairs talking about going to war with the Libyans, the Syrians, the Yemenites, and the Ukranians and Hollande said "Yes", right away.

What will now occur is that the various "security" departments in France will take over the running of the country under the wing of the Right as has/is happening here.
 
 
-5 # Romesh Bhattacharji 2015-01-09 01:01
Carl Gibson, you are right in saying that Bush and Obama have killed more than these uncivilised people who have killed the twelve journalists in Paris. Bush and Obama are reviled, ridiculed and fried for their unrepentant and recurring acts.And they don't kill people who laugh at them. Not the Islamists- till now.

This incident is not an "isolated attack" as you wrote in your last paragraph.

Globally, they keep happening- incessantly. Within the past month there has been Melbourne, the awful massacre of children in Peshawar, mass killings in Nigeria by Boko Haram, and several incidents in Afghanistan targetting only innocents. Before that is a whole encyclopedia of horrible events in 2014 executed flawlessly by some kind of Islamists.

Without being encouraged by some from their community and clerics, some of whom have had the temerity to publicly applaud the perpetrators, such blood curdling incidents would not happen. Carly, while trying to be fair, analyse why only Islamists come up with innovative misdeeds each more horrible than the previous one- ad infinitum?
 
 
+11 # indian weaver 2015-01-09 07:34
And the awful extermination of the 20 children on Amerika's east coast - same by Amerikan terrorists as this in France. No different. Amerika is the greatest evil in existence, nothing compares to its reach and violence against millions worldwide.
 
 
+2 # FDRva 2015-01-09 01:42
Let's be clear young Carl, that British Intelligence services likely ran this one.

An Al-Qaeda profile op that gets away clean? On cable TV?

How improbable? Except if run by the Brit agencies who created Al-Qaeda--and a handful of their American friends.

Sounds like a British op--incriminati ng their Saudi cut-outs.

There are those that view 9-11 the same way--for the same reasons.
 
 
0 # FDRva 2015-01-09 01:55
President Obama may live to regret several deals he made with British agencies back in the day.

If I may re-phrase--I hope he lives to regret them.

The President's allies in the Bush fraction of the intell community are not known for their 'pro-life' positions.
 
 
+15 # itchyvet 2015-01-09 02:55
Is it only me, that sees a STRIKING similarity between this event and the similar event in Moombia India a few years back ? In that event, the CIA was implicated, and we still don't know who was behind it ?
 
 
+16 # itchyvet 2015-01-09 02:56
FDRva, since when did the Brits creat Al Quaeda ? That's a new one. I was under the impression it was the Yanks to bleed the Russians in Afghanistan.
 
 
-17 # Shaas 2015-01-09 04:21
What an incoherent article. As if Paris attacks would be a reaction to the American Drones.
Firstly, Paris is in France, not America.
And secondly, the muslim extremists have perpetraded countless senseless killings since 1500 yrs.
Alone in India, the figures are staggering:
80 million deaths in India 500 yrs ago, alone
Shootings in Parliament, Delhi
Shootings in Hotel, Mumbai
Burning a train, Gujarat
Love jihad rapes, Britain and India

The list is endless, due to obscurantist and apologitic attitude of "liberarls" and "liberal christians" the dark figures are huge.

There is a huge deficite in education that leads to such attrocities.
 
 
+4 # jon 2015-01-09 08:53
What is most perplexing to me is that Religion and Spiritual issues are matters of the heart and mind.

It matters not a bit what somebody else says, does, or believes when it is time to "meet your maker".
 
 
+29 # jdd 2015-01-09 05:13
Let's not forget the heinous crimes committed by the Bush administration detailed in the Feinstein Report which continue to go unpunished thanks to Obama.
 
 
+17 # ericlipps 2015-01-09 05:25
Quote:


ere’s a question for everyone tweeting mournful thoughts on the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag: Whenever scores of innocent civilians are killed in U.S. airstrikes, do you tweet #WeArePakistan or #WeAreSyria? If the answer is no, that should give you pause. Ask yourself why you’re compelled to feel for white victims of terror, but don’t bother to tell your friends on social media about your sadness over the deaths of the thousands of nameless Middle Eastern civilians that the U.S. government has caused.
I don't know that it's a matter of race, as such; I think it's more that we accept deaths (other people's in other countries, anyway) as an inevitable part of war, but not violent death in what is supposed to be a country at peace. And for what it's worth, ethnologists generally consider Middle Easterners white.
 
 
+4 # lfeuille 2015-01-09 16:42
Quoting ericlipps:



I don't know that it's a matter of race, as such; I think it's more that we accept deaths (other people's in other countries, anyway) as an inevitable part of war, but not violent death in what is supposed to be a country at peace. And for what it's worth, ethnologists generally consider Middle Easterners white.


But most residents of majority Caucasian countries do not consider middle easterners white. Ethnologist are not the problem. There are not enough of them to make a difference.
 
 
+18 # Charles3000 2015-01-09 07:46
Americans are victims of "opinion management" hatched in the aftermath of the Vietnam War backlash and nurtured over the years. It is very effective now and essentially controls the majority opinion of Americans through all the media and political establishment. Even the so called independent news groups like NPR have fallen in step by nurturing the proper opinion of the day. And the effectiveness of it has been enhanced by technology growth just as opposition has been enhanced as well, breeding a stand off between the two sides, those who accept the decreed opinions and those who don't.
 
 
+16 # Guy 2015-01-09 09:24
Very good article Carl.I wish this was mainstream .Certainly opens up the perspective.As the masses clamor for more blood,this article provides for pause and reflection.A good look into the mirror of our collective souls if you will .
We need more people like you Carl.
Stay safe and strong .
 
 
+13 # Kootenay Coyote 2015-01-09 09:53
& get the Bush Gang into court as quickly as possible; or admit the listing & deadly defeat of US justice.
 
 
+15 # wrknight 2015-01-09 10:16
"President Obama has bombed seven predominantly Muslim nations – Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Syria, and Iraq – in his six years as president, and he was given a Nobel Peace Prize. Just like the Charlie Hebdo attackers, President Obama kills extrajudicially , administering collective punishment for the actions of a few."

The Nobel Committee should revoke the Peace Prize awarded to Obama.
 
 
-1 # Caliban 2015-01-12 01:36
To wrknight: War--when approved of by the US Congress--is not technically a crime, i.e., a violation of the law. So it cannot be said that the President has acted "extrajudiciall y".
 
 
+17 # Jayceecool 2015-01-09 10:21
Rightwing religious zealots are fascists, whether Muslim, Christian, or Jewish. Modern societies must confront this phenomenon or face increasing chaos.
 
 
+7 # runningtab 2015-01-09 17:33
I wrote a piece after Newtown titled "365 Days of Mourning:"

Reduced to its essence:

"I'm sick of the rituals. I'm sick of the candles, flowers and teddie bears adorning sites like Newtown.

"Why is it that only a "mass" murder that gets all the half-masts, the moments of silence? There is daily carnage on America's streets, 35 gun murders and countless lives wounded and ruined—a Virginia Tech every day x 365. Yet you'll find those stories way beneath the fold, if at all. And you'll see people acting out these mimes of mourning only when there's a double-digit event. 'Oh, only 9 dead? That's just a extra-bad normal day...'

"Let's do 365 days of mourning, 365 days of minutes of silence that just might wake us all up, help us make some noise and some change."
 
 
+6 # runningtab 2015-01-09 17:51
To really reduce it, we should all be weeping tears from deep in our hearts every damn day. Over and out.
 
 
+8 # Quebrantahuesos 2015-01-09 19:37
He should have added the Clinton's deliberate bombing of the Serbian TV station which left 16 journalists and personnel dead... So much for freedom of speech!
 
 
-7 # whatdidimiss 2015-01-09 19:51
I was wondering how soon the "Blame America First" crowd would, well, blame America first, and now I know. Mr. Gibson sees a parallel in the fact that Islamic terrorists killed ten journalists in Paris this week with the fact that US helicopter gunships killed two Reuters employees during combat operations in Iraq in 2007, in a leak to the media that would put Bradly/Chelsea Manning on the map. However, the Wikimedia account reports "Pilots mistook their cameras for weapons," which, having reviewed that clip several times myself, seems unmistakably correct. The US did not target the victims by name, nor by occupation, nor by race, but its soldiers thought, with good reason, that they were combatants engaged in potential combat support. As were the pilots themselves. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelsea_Manning, last accessed 1-9-15.
Mr. Gibson's inability to make distinctions in this instance, and in all of the other parallels he posits, puts him lower in intelligence than the proverbial dog who knows the difference between being tripped over and being kicked.
Though I, too, would like to make distinctions between journalists - between those that make sense and those who don't -- I realize that all must be free to express their opinions for societies to evolve. If that means I have to tolerate Mr. Gibson, who has offended me as much as the Kouachi brothers thought the Prophet was offended, it's a small price to pay.
 
 
+3 # leftcoast 2015-01-10 10:01
It's the oil, stupid.
 
 
0 # Activista 2015-01-10 12:53
Like after 911 the war propaganda is on.
"Partner of Paris Gunman Believed to Be in Syria" by WSJ
or
Intelligence indicates Assad building nuclear plant: report
AFP via Yahoo! News Jan 09 01:47pm
Intelligence suggests that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is building a secret underground plant with the aim of developing nuclear weapons, Germany's Spiegel news magazine said Friday. Citing information made available by unidentified intelligence sources"
aka Israel?
read comments ... we did not learn after 911 how media are manipulated .....
 
 
0 # Activista 2015-01-11 12:49
Experts cast doubt on Spiegel claim of Syrian nuclear facility ....
news.yahoo.com/experts-cast-doubt-spiegel-claim-syrian-nuclear-facility-172538167.html
... location beside Lebanon’s northern border places it within observation range of the Israeli aircraft which patrol Lebanon’s airspace on a near daily ... where is UN to stop Israeli aggression? Where is freedom of the press in the USA?
 
 
-4 # scumbag 2015-01-10 12:55
WOW!!!SURPRISE, SURPRISE!!!Jiha d right in the heart of good old Europe.I'm so bold to use some home advantage.Three simple questions:A= How come? B= Cui Bono? C= Who dunnit?
A= Sow wind and U gonna harvest storm,inevitabl y.B= The right wing,f.ex.FN/Ma d-Moiselle Urine Le Pen.The reborn,natural? blond Frogeater Icon Jeann Dark,(name is Programm).Stunn ingly promoting the comeback of the fancy Guillotine.How well the threat of Death Penalty works,we all admire in the Land of the Freaks and the Home of the Slave on a daily basis.If I was into conspiracy foolosophy,I may call the whole damn thing a LIHOP job.Anyway,the frogeater overkill operation seems a bit out of proportion.Thre e mutilated(penis hoody missing)machos against 80 grand boots on the ground???On top,I'd bet my right ball,eventually the left as well,that the handsome SWAT teams played a foul game.They pumped up the ghetto blaster volume with the Muezzin Jodel stuff right when it was time to settle on the magic carpet and do some worshipping.A bit like when lightning strikes U while busy in the outhouse.That's rather unfair.And the lession to learn?
Humor is a dead serious biz these days.Especially with sensitives at large.Try some of my(homegrown)be er poetry:"Fascits prevail when democrats fail.Or,Idiotis m so complex,even I am losing tracks".But don't worry.The united Do-Gooders will surely rampage the steets,holding liberty candles,sportin g a crocodile tear drop in their button hole.To be continued..
 
 
-3 # scumbag 2015-01-10 13:35
Hang on,there's more at the door.Another well accepted side effect are the tons of water poured on the mills of the AIPAC-Muppets.D id U ever notice how the Jewish tail is wagging the murkin dog?Nice trick,no doubt.And the Mean Stream Media go f..g mad.Prime Time Manhunt,better than faky Hollywood.I'm afraid,the goin gets tuffer.They used to piss on our backs and tell us it's raining.Now they adjust the procedure by shitting in our face and tell us it's chocolate.But does chocolate really make U happy? F.ex.LINDT-Choc olate in Sydney,not allways.
Back to the topic:To call the ISIS a terror- militia and the CIA America's finest is pure dialectic,but a nicely elaborated difference.
Talking about the"necessary" revolution,is a two edged sword.Coz revolutions have developed the bad habit to devour their children.Moreov er,Crusades or Jihads or whatever bloody braindead activities are a bit like potater chips.Once U start,it's hard to stop.And better believe me,we the Krautlanders had to painfully gain experience in how to lose a war.Or maybe two.
From my limited point of view,war in general is so f..g popular coz it adresses to the lowest human instincts.Sad but eventually true.Well,a bit humor for the road:Murkin democrazy is,when ten foxes and one rabbit decide what's for dinner.Working democrazy is,when the rabbit can contest the vote with a shotgun.Have a nice day,as far as possible.
 
 
+4 # Walter J Smith 2015-01-10 21:32
Kudos to Carl Gibson!

He reminds the channel surfers of their honky tonk moral wisdom.
 
 
+4 # Dale 2015-01-11 08:14
The Warmongers doublespeak--
“Truly War is the only Roadmap to Peace.”
The Directorate of National Insecurity
Knows that a “War on Terror”
Is a never-ending cycle of creating terrorists,
Medieval and Evil as they are.
Evil begets Evil to better serve
The Devil of Empire.
With the manufactured intelligence of NSA
The boogeymen abroad are missiled and droned,
Only to create a thousand more.
Special Ops secretly assassinate suspects
And the drones guide their deadly missiles
Because The War on Jihadist Ghosts keeps the money flowing,
And the Culture of Fear deepened.
Anyway, murder is more efficient and cheaper than torture,
Avoids the embarrassment of secret renditions and Guantanamo,
And creates for every martyr a hundred militants,
The more to feed the Death Machine.
The Super Rogue State draws red lines of blood in the Middle East desert sands,
Arming Islamic insurgents that blowback
To bite the asses of those who pursue the Imperial Vision.
But the Blowback from
Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria…
Is intended consequence,
How else to cycle Perpetual War?
 
 
0 # brux 2015-01-14 19:55
>> Whenever scores of innocent civilians are killed in U.S. airstrikes, do you tweet #WeArePakistan or #WeAreSyria? If the answer is no, that should give you pause.

I am amazed at the simplemindednes s of this statement.

I might pause for a second of two, but the two situations are completely different, and these are always the types of arguments we hear from fir Left extremists who seem to be out to destroy the Left by deluging it in thoughtless stupidity that then runs off on everyone.

1. When the US kills civilians in a drive strike, it is not deliberate.
When terrorists murder citizens of the West it is quite deliberate,
as it is when they murder each other, they always have an excuse
and they always rationalize it as being in God's will ( Allah )

2. Again, the US seeks to kill the people who who support a
worldwide network of people who want to kill Westerners
for living a Western life, and Enlightened life of free speech
and liberty for all. Freedom off and freedom from religion.
Islamic society does not believe in that, and cannot allow itself
to tolerate that, wherever they are in the world.

3. Islamic peoples are killing each other for having different
views. Underneath all of the muck and toxins of Islamic
society must be a lot of oppressed people who just yearn
to be free of someone telling them what to do and what to
think and holding a weapon at the heads.

That's just three things.
 

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