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Collateral Damage is Murder

 
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08/20/2006 03:09 PM
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Collateral Damage is Murder
*** Collateral Damage is Murder ***

By: Michael Boldin - Counterbias.com

..."Collateral damage is nothing more than a euphemism for state-sponsored mass murder. It is the term given to people killed in military actions who were "not intentionally targeted." In reality, this is pure propaganda. It has always been morally just to protect innocent people against aggressors. But, on the other hand, it has never been moral, nor has it ever been necessary, to bomb cities filled with innocent people.

We rarely see the faces or know the identities of those reduced to the status of collateral damage. It is a gray area where the victim becomes less than a person. Interestingly enough, during the Vietnam War, both Henry Kissinger and Robert McNamara used the term "integers" to describe those civilian deaths that they preferred not to have publicized as human beings. Such is the amazing power of doublespeak.

Civilians killed incidental to what the dominant power refers to as "progress" are called collateral damage, while those killed intentionally are victims of "terrorism." But all too often, unfortunately, it's quite difficult to tell the difference between the two. Governments regularly do one and call it the other, but the end result is still the same; dead civilians. So, no matter name you give it (War on Terrorism, Spreading Democracy, Regime Change, Defending our Freedoms), when war is taken to a civilian population, isn't it nothing more than terrorism and murder, even if you later call the victims collateral damage?"...

..."It is important to note, however, that those who use the term "collateral damage" strategically always seem to apply it to foreigners; such as Iraqis and Afghanis. Even when a two-ton, laser-guided bomb is dropped on a small village, it's claimed that the mass deaths were "inadvertent" and "tragic",..."

..."Apologists for American soldiers killing people in Iraq would like us to believe that their killings are justifiable because they're done in "self-defense." The awful truth is that most killing in the course of this or any war is simply murder disguised as self defense..."

..."Let's try to simplify this self-defense argument. U.S. soldiers participate in the invasion of Iraq, which is a country thousands of miles away from home that has never attacked America. The soldiers have their weapons loaded, with fingers on the trigger. Meanwhile, there are Iraqi citizens who object to their country being invaded by a foreign army. They proceed to load their own weapons, and point them at invading U.S. soldiers. American soldiers then shoot and kill the "foreigners" in their home country. According to American politicians and military leaders, such killings are not murder; they're self-defense..."

..."The obvious assumption that the murderers make is that our goals and our lives have more importance than that of any foreigners, and therefore, in order to achieve these goals, we have the right to murder them without repercussion. Because there is never a penalty for the "winners," it must be a right...right? But what kind of right could this be? Is it an inherent right, a legal right, a moral right? In fact, it's none of these; it is simply a right of superior power. This is the same kind of right that has been exercised by tyrants throughout history; giving them justification to murder millions to achieve a "greater good."...

..."Yes, it is true that innocents die when war is waged. Yes, innocent people will always die when their cities are bombed and their homes are invaded. This is all the reason that should be needed to vehemently oppose every aggressive war that our government engages in!

In the end it doesn't matter what you call it. A half-million Iraqi children who died as a result of "sanctions" don't care what you call it. They, and their brethren who are dying today, don't care about the doublespeak used by so-called scholars, party loyalists, military apologists, or any other supporters of our brutal wars - they're dead"...

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08/20/2006 03:18 PM
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Re: Collateral Damage is Murder
Collateral Damage is what this whole Blasphemous sytem is about.
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08/20/2006 03:48 PM
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Re: Collateral Damage is Murder
Maybe.

But then again, maybe in Murka murder will become collateral damage.

For instance, under the current euphemistic reality O.J. would have committed collateral damage against his former wife.

And what will the collateral damage penalty be?

Maybe kind of like with the military - occasional feigned contrition upon admission of error with some funds to help forget?
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08/20/2006 04:12 PM

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Yes it is.








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