|"Rev Dr" Lenny Flank
Joined: Feb. 2005
|Quote (Stephen Elliott @ Sep. 10 2006,09:35)|
|Flying planes into buildings and deliberately targeting civilians was bound to sow the seeds of retribution.|
That's right. Me, I see no difference whatever between killing people by putting a bomb ON an airplane, and killing people by dropping a bomb FROM an airplane. Particularly since the US has shown no reluctance whatever to bomb civilian targets like TV/radio stations (the World Trade Center had a TV/radio transmission tower), the electric and water systems (both industries had offices in the World Trade Center), and government offices (the World Trade Center had several US government offices, including a portion of the US Treasury reserve). By the very standards used by the US military in Iraq, the World Trade Center would be considered a legitimate military target (and the civilians would be mere "collateral damage"). Indeed, EVERYTHING in an industrialized society supports the military in some way or another, whether it's food production or road construction or steel factories or oil production. That, after all, is the reason we carpet-bomed Japanese and German cities for years. Indeed, we deliberately targeted the civilians in that case, because they served as workers in the industrial economy.
Of course, the US "doesn't deliberately target civilians" (though they keep getting killed at disporportionate rates anyway and of course the US prefers not to talk about the number of Iraqi and Afghan civilians that are killed -- and indeed most people in the US don't care anyway, since Afghans and Iraqis aren't white English-speakers and therefore don't matter anyway), but I doubt that will make much difference to the people whose relatives have just been blown up. Indeed they, just like you, have the "seeds of retribution", and they, just like you, will demand revenge. Unless of course one is of the opinion that the US is entitled to "retribution", but no one else is.
Every day that the US occupies Afghanistan and Iraq, increases the number of people who resent it. Every Afghan and Iraqi who is killed, increases the desire for retribution. Those wars have, predictably, increased the number of our enemies, made it easier for them to recruit new members, increased their desire to strike back, and made us LESS safe than we were before.
And the more troops we send, the more targets we present for their retribution. Heck, the rate of casualties in Afghanistan (which never seems to make the news, unlike Iraq) is now roughly equal to that faced by the Soviets during their 1979-1989 occupation.
US occupation is the CAUSE of the problem, not its solution.
Editor, Red and Black Publishers