The US has been at war for most of the 20th century and into the 21st century…..these we are fighting out longest war ever……Afghanistan has been raging for damn near 17 years.
I have been writing about my opposition to these wars for a decade now……
The MSM reports our successes and some of our failures and in most of that time the one issue that seems to be ignored is that of the death of civilians.
Others as well as myself see the useless death of civilians as a major problem that is growing exponentially….in the last week the stories are such…..
For the second day in a row, US and NATO forces have deliberately attacked civilian houses known to contain civilian bystanders in an attempt to target Taliban fighters. Yesterday’s strike took place in Herat, where warplanes hit a Taliban compound, then targeting a whole neighborhood because the Taliban fighters scattered and they figured they were in some of those homes. 16 civilians were among the slain.
Today’s attack was further east, in Logar, where a US helicopter had decided Taliban fighters had taken shelter inside a civilian house, and fired missiles into it. 11 civilians were slain in the attack, which NATO promised to look into. There was no report of Taliban casualties, despite the pretext for the attack.
The military got its body count unfortunately none of the dead were Taleban.
Then the news from Somalia……
A joint US-Somali raid on the farming village of Barire a week ago left 10 civilians dead, all of them executed one at a time by the troops. Today, after a week of disputes, the Somali national government finally admitted to the incident, and promised compensatory payments to the survivors.
Locals brought the slain to the capital of Mogadishu for display, and protested the killings, with provincial officials supporting their demands. Ultimately, the national government agreed to admit to the incident, pay “blood money” both for slain civilians and cattle, and to help resolve the tribal dispute in a way that wouldn’t lead to further massacres.
“Blood Money” will be covered by the US no doubt…..”Hush Money” is a better term….
Then there is Syria…Raqqa to be exact……
UN officials are warning that the city’s population is paying an “unacceptable price” from the US airstrikes, and that continued US bombardment may be in violation of international law as a result. The US has been trying to back an invasion of Raqqa against ISIS.
An estimated 20,000 civilians remain in Raqqa, and the US has labeled them “human shields.” The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned that in just the month of August they’d documented 151 civilian deaths from the US-led invasion and US airstrikes.
These are just the results from last week and this thing has been on-going for more than a decade…bombs do not distinguish good from bad.
This is a humanitarian crisis that the West will not acknowledge their part in creating.
The whole world should be angered at the deaths of women and children for no other reason that they were in the neighborhood.