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Fighting Dirty

Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for. When you hear of atrocities in war, don’t be fooled with imagery of good guys and bad guys. If something is worth killing over, it is already worth doing so ‘dirty’. Protecting your family is worth fighting for, defending against invading forces too, so there are no rules – a person will do whatever it takes.  Spreading democracy, protecting the world from terror, building control over oil reserves, these are all things that are not worth fighting for – hence they should be negotiated for instead, and if you are fighting people to accept them, you must at least abide by certain rules of engagement.

Predator Drone Firing Missile

The US military, using unmanned aerial drones, participates in what are known as “double-taps”. I know of the term from the film Zombieland, where the hero claims that he shoots zombies twice to make sure that they are definitely eliminated. The term is also used to describe the terroristic practice of planting two explosives, one to cause some initial injury, the second targeting the police and other first responders. The US military engages in double-tap practices themselves, targeting recently attacked strike zones as well as the funerals of deceased men believed to be militants. This is a despicable practice, with civilian casualties always far outnumbering any terrorist ones; apparently even the Mafia has a strict policy of not attacking funerals.  In attacking the Middle-East and North Africa, the US doesn’t even seem to distinguish anymore between, who they believe they can call (from a control room across the oceans) “militants” or “terrorists”, and ordinary foreign civilians.  In fact, the latest development is that the US military intends to classify any and all “military aged” (18+) males, in any one of the countries that they are busy in (even the undisclosed ones like Yemen and Pakistan), as potential militants, unless proven otherwise.  Soon we may have to see this classification extended to include woman and children… in this unmanned aerial war: on what?

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September 18 2012

The world has been ablaze for the past few weeks, but I have been quiet.  Anti US sentiment has erupted in Africa and the Middle-East, with US embassies all over seeing protests, some even attacked.  The reason given for the unrest is a particularly insulting spoof video circulating around the web – The Innocence of Muslims.  My own opinion is that the video was just the final straw – it is as though the Arab world can handle: petty sanctions, drone warfare, countless civilian casualties, uninvited NATO occupation, threatening mock military displays, even the slow erosion of the state of Palestine, but to then go and make fun of this entire population’s beliefs, at the same time, is just too much.  This may be understandable, these people where raised differently from me:  I personally wouldn’t care for a second if my own belief in atheism was ridiculed.  If the response to this short film seems out of proportion to you, then you should try and remember all these atrocities; atrocities that this population faces everyday at the hands of Western powers.  For this sick charade to continue it needs the illusion of being an option which faces domestic opposition – our governments can destroy a nation, but then we have to provide humanitarian aid and moral support to the victims.  In this way, the faceless enemy remains faceless; those affected can just direct their anger and hatred towards GW Bush, or NATO, or the American army/government.  When a video like this emerges, however, it destroys the image of goodwill from Western countries and serves to extend the anger, from being just for the US government, to include: the American people, their allies, Christianity and Judaism, and even the capitalist structure of our modern world society.

On another note, a man in a US prison is scheduled to be executed soon.  It turns out that the jury was not initially aware that the men that he murdered were in fact rapists who had molested him.  I just thought that while we are on the topic of retaliation, and whether or not it is appropriate (or at what levels it is), I should put it out there: I consider myself emotionally stable; I believe in forgiveness and actively refuse to dwell on issues from the past; but if some dude ever raped me, or even tried to, I think I might have to kill him too.  Similarly, I also wouldn’t sit down and accept things like drones killing my family.

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Iran won’t develop nuclear weapons – Khamenei

The man with the final say in Iran.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – The man with the final say in Iran.

Iran will never develop a nuclear bomb, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told leaders of developing countries during a meeting in Tehran.Our motto is nuclear energy for all and nuclear weapons for none,” Reuters quoted Khamenei as saying at the Non-Aligned Movement summit on Thursday. “Iran will never pursue nuclear weapons, but it will not give up its national right to peaceful nuclear energy,” he said. Khamenei slammed the UN Security Council as an unjust relic of the past, which the US uses “to impose their bullying manner on the world.”

Quoted from: http://rt.com/news/line/2012-08-30/#id36646

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