Imagine for a moment that you’re a person who loves a little child who was killed by aerial bombing, burnt to a crisp, by the U.S. military. It could be 1945, 1950, 1969, 1995, or pretty much any year in the 21st century.
Now imagine that it just happened yesterday. And that the U.S. corporate press is proclaiming that the war they’ve been waging for decades on your country is “over.”
That the U.S. corporate press lies for a living — right out in the open — makes no difference to you in your grief.
It mostly makes a difference to the taxpayers and voters of the country thousands of miles away where citizen are sold horseshit like, “We’ve got to fight terrorists over there so we don’t have to fight them over here.”
The lies that sell wars and buy elected officials use bogus concepts and slogans like “The war on terror” to incite fear and make compliance much easier than opposition.
A few people will go on social media platforms that are heavily censored in favor of corporate rule to express the truth laced with dark humor.
The U.S. has bombed little children to death under alternating Democratic and Republican administrations my entire life.
It began bombing Afghan children following the unfortunate events of 9/11 in 2001 after a speech by then President George W. Bush proclaimed that “their harbors” would no longer be safe. (Note: Afghanistan is a land-locked country with no harbors.)
The current Democratic administration has announced that it will continue using flying killer robots to bomb Afghanistan for the foreseeable future. (It’s also drone bombing Somalia, and plenty of other places, at will.)
“Enough is enough,” Edward Ahmed Mitchell, national deputy director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said in a statement. “For more than ten years, our government’s drone strikes have killed thousands of innocent people in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and elsewhere in the Muslim world—destroying family homes, wedding parties, and even funeral processions. The civilian casualties in Kabul are simply the latest victims of this misused technology.”
Besides the warped views about war sold constantly over corporate airwaves, why is there a steady supply of men and women willing to remotely bomb children in Afghanistan?
Because after young people turned against the military draft for the war on Vietnam, U.S. corporate interests have made damn sure that the poverty draft continues blowing a steady gale force.
With no money for college and no money for dental care and no money for rent, food, and car expenses many young people in the U.S. feel they have no choice but to enlist. The poorer the state — like my home, Maine — the harder the poverty draft blows.
But some folks prospered during the 20 year war that’s still not over.
(Feel like finding out how much war profiteers donated to the campaign coffers of your elected officials that refuse to actually end the war on terror? You can look it up here on OpenSecrets.org).