Protesting Futunema US-military base by newsonline
Protests against American Military bases in Okinawa
Not only are we creating greater numbers of radical Jihadists in the Muslim world particularly in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia but also those in other parts of the world. They may not be Muslim Jihadists but they are against the presence of our military bases with in their communities where we require SOFA's (status of forces agreements) with the national government, that preclude local authorities prosecuting American military personnel that commit crimes among the local population.
Think Okinawa, where the local population has suffered rapes and assaults but the local authorities have no jurisdiction to prosecute offenders.
The Okinawa people vehemently object to the presence of the American military bases some 68 years after the war ended, yet the Japanese Government essentially ignores their pleas and continues the long standing agreement with the U.S. to operate the bases.
When American soldiers stationed at these bases commit rapes and other offenses against local Okinawa people the offenders are often whisked away out of the country which contributes to the animosity of the people toward the American military's presence.
Then of course there's America's rendition policies that snatch and grab alleged suspects and takes them to CIA "black sites" for interrogation and indefinite detention. This does not make for "friendly" relations or attitudes toward America by those swept up in these practices or the families of the held suspects that suffer not only his loss of presence but often the loss of income he provided. And in many instances there's bogus intelligence from paid informants that gets innocent people ensnared in our "war on terror".
Then there's our drone policies in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia that have brought fear and dread to those populations who have endure the presence of these unmanned, lethal killing machines that kill and maim innocents as well as the occasional insurgent.
Yet most Americans (according to polls) overwhelmingly support these drone policies, but apparently have no clue to the hatred engendered by those who have endure the drone's lethal fire power.
That America suffers "blowback" in the form of "green on blue" killings by Afghan security personnel who turn on their American trainers, the occasional terrorist attempting (and failing) to blow up an airplane (Detroit), place explosives in an SUV that fails to ignite (Times Square) or even the American Muslim officer killing G.I.'s on an army base in Texas are all desperate attempts by those who want to retaliate against America and Americans for the horrific policies and actions our government authorizes.
This American naivety that persists of "Why do they hate us so much" is in the words of Chris Hedges (though not in his original context) "blissful ignorance".
We can not continue to swagger with hubris while exercising hegemony all over the world, indulge in unnecessary wars and occupations, kill innocents in drone strikes and missile attacks and not expect retaliation by those who seek revenge against us.
Yet the Obama administration has expanded the Bush drone policies and prefers to assassinate suspects rather than capture and place them in indefinite detention without due process.
So instead of most Americans challenging and protesting against these abhorrent policies and practices that are blatantly unconstitutional and a usurpation of power by the executive we blithely accept them making us unwitting accomplices to our government authorizing and committing them in our name.
Too many Americans have become "good German's," i.e. we know what our government is doing is wrong but we pretend it isn't happening, remain in denial or "blissful ignorance" while indulging only in private personal matters. That is all too many of us care about.
Instead of being spectators of gladiators fighting in Roman arenas we have the spectacle of professional football, the modern equivalent to the long gone Roman Empires games.
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