The cash-strapped American empire has become creative at extortion. Applying its customary double-standards and blame game, it has made death singularly profitable by legalizing extortion and demanding compensation for its military personnel killed while occupying other countries -- and placing the blame on a third party.
For the umpteenth time, a U.S. court has passed judgment against Iran for the 1983 marine barracks bombing in
The Blame Game
According to official accounts, truck bombs blasted the building housing American "peace keepers". The reality is that there were no American "pace keepers" in
However, 19 days later, after the Israeli invasion and occupation of West Beirut, and the brutal Sabra -- Sahtila massacres under the supervision of Ariel Sharon, a larger
Ronald Regan had decided to launch a "second Cold War' in the Middle East and in line with this strategy, the additional forces were showing a permanent
By September 1983, as part of this new mission, U.S. warships were shelling Syrian and Druze militia positions outside Beirut, and Marine ground forces were trading artillery and sniper fire with Shi'a and Druze fighters [iv] . The October 23, 1983 truck bomb attacks were an inevitable consequence of U.S .actions.
The Untied States courts have implicated and passed judgment against
Consequences of the Blame game
Distorting the law to extort money sets a dangerous precedent locally and internationally. The Occupy Wall Street which soon became global, held a candle light vigil for Martin Luther King. During the Occupy protests injuries occurred, including two police officers in
In line with this thinking, it has even suggested that the "Arab Spring" was inspired by Gandhi . It would be equally preposterous if Gandhi were to be held responsible for the untold number of casualties and extortion demanded of
But clearly, when politics is involved, inspiration comes with a heavy price-tag. Self-defeating as these sham judgments may be, they also offer a lesson for those who would heed them.
According to Army Times , victims' relatives were paid $2,500 for each death. It is cheap for Americans to kill innocent civilians when occupying a country. Granted, when the killings cause a sensation, as with the solider that went on a killing spree in Afghanistan , the compensation is jacked up. However, rebel fighters who look to the
[i] Lawson, Fred. MERIP, No128, The Deadly Connection; Reagan and the Middle East 9Nov. Dec. 1984) pp 27-34 and Journal of
[ii] Lawson, Fred.
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