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Response to arely staircase (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 08:18 AM

38. Wait. Drone strikes don't kill civilians and children?


2) The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates the following cumulative statistics about US drone strikes:[3]
(As of July 2013)
Total strikes: 370
Total reported killed: 2,548 - 3,549
Civilians reported killed: 411 - 890
Children reported killed: 168 - 197

Total reported injured: 1,177 - 1,480
Strikes under the Bush Administration: 52
Strikes under the Obama Administration: 318

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drone_attacks_in_Pakistan

We can argue superior motives all we want, but at a certain point, dead people you have no right to be killing are all the same.

How many times are we going to buy the argument that when the U.S. / wealthy / allied countries wage war in the Middle East, it is only out of a sense of moral urgency, when

- We actually kill more people than the proposed evil dictators
- We don't act the same way at all regarding Africa, or anywhere else that is not as strategically important
- We ignore atrocities, by the same people, some of whom we helped install, for as long as it is convenient.

These are not secrets. We know how this works. We are rationalizing violent intervention for strategic and commercial reasons.

Some people think that's okay. That we need to be hip-deep in the ME at all times to keep the oil flowing, or to keep Russia or China from gaining more influence, or because Halliburton and Blackwater profits will trickle down or whatever.

Why can't we talk about that, instead of pretending, again and again and again, that we are white-knighting around "for the good of the people?"

Nobody thinks that.

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