Thoughts on American wars and aggression
Thoughts on American wars and aggression:
• If, in 2002-3. the US really believed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, then why did they send in more than 100,000 U.S. troops who would therefore certainly be annihilated?
• During the Vietnam War some University of Michigan students created a brouhaha when they threatened to napalm a puppy dog on the steps of a campus building. The uproar of indignation at their cruelty was heard nationwide. Of course, when the time came they didn’t do it, having successfully made the point that people cared more about napalming a dog than they did about napalming people.
• For some nine years, American B-52 bombers relentlessly dropped tons of ordnance on a Southeast Asian country (Vietnam), a simple country that still cultivated rice fields using draft animals.
• “If a bomb is deliberately dropped on a house or a vehicle on the grounds that a ‘suspected terrorist’ is inside, the resulting deaths of women and children may not be intentional. But neither are they accidental. The proper description is ‘inevitable’. So if an action will inevitably kill innocent people, it is as immoral as a deliberate attack on civilians.” — Howard Zinn
• “Some nations are serial aggressors. American society is unique in having been formed almost wholly by processes of aggression against external and internal others.” — The Black Commentator, June 8, 2006
• President Obama should accompany the military people when they inform parents that their child has died in the latest of America’s never-ending wars. And maybe ask George W. to come along as well.
• American sovereignty hasn’t faced a legitimate foreign threat to its existence since the British in 1812.
• “The messianism of American foreign policy is a remarkable thing. When Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks, it seems like Khrushchev reporting to the party congress: ‘The whole world is marching triumphantly toward democracy but some rogue states prefer to stay aside from that road’, etc. etc.” — Natalia Narochnitskaya, vice chairman of the international affairs committee in the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament.
[Excerpts of an article by William Blum]