Open and Hidden Horrors
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/01/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23311
Before Trump's December 6, 2017 recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, American aggression and its results were apparent in the Middle East and Africa.
To begin with a simple exercise in translation, which applies almost without exception to modern warfare: When military officials proclaim that "our forces take extreme care to avoid civilian casualties, even when this risks the safety of our own soldiers," it means "we are killing lots of civilians, particularly to avoid casualties to ourselves."
That's the strategic logic of drone warfare and reliance on air power. The "enemy" is targeted with no risk to the remote-control operators hundreds or even thousands of miles distant, or pilots flying high above the kill zone - while civilians blown to bits in the vicinity, deliberately or by accident, are discarded as "collateral damage." The family of Basim Razzo in Mosul, Iraq in September 2015, wiped out by a U.S. air strike, chronicled in the stunning investigative report by Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal, is one wrenching example.