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Fire and Violence from the Skies -- the United States No Longer Immune from the Suffering the Rest of the World Endures

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From today's violence in Las Vegas with 60 killed and 500 wounded from the actions of an American gunman, the loss of human life in Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas, the US Virgin Islands and the massive property destruction from Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey, over the past two months, citizens of the United States have faced fire and violence from the skies that people in other parts of the world have routinely been enduring.

Other islands of the Caribbean, Cuba, Barbuda, Dominica, Antigua, British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Island, St. Martin, Monserrat, Guadaloupe, St. Kitts and Nevis were also smashed by Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey.

In other parts of the world, one-third of Bangladesh has been underwater from monsoon rains, parts of Nigeria have been flooded. Mexico has endured killer earthquakes.

Rahingya villages in Myanmar have been burned, thousands murdered and over 400,000 fleeing into Bangladesh to escape Buddhist Burmese/Myanmar military violence.

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Endless numbers of homes destroyed by hurricanes and floods in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Barbuda, Dominica, Antigua -- some of these areas resemble the blown up buildings, streets filled with rubble and the dazed citizens wandering looking for food and water just as in the war zones where people in Afghanistan have been enduring U.S. war and destruction for 16 years... and in Iraq for 13 years... and in Syria for five years.

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Afghan, Pakistani, Somali, Iraqi, Yemeni and Syrian civilians have been murdered by U.S. killer drones, whose pilots are trained 60 miles from Las Vegas, raining hellfire missiles from above in the same sudden violence from the skies as people in Las Vegas suffered last night. Death came from different munitions-long-range rifles in Las Vegas and hellfire missiles in the Middle East, but the result was the same -- sudden violent death from the skies.


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Americans are now face-to-face with the human and environmental violence that many parts of the world have endured. Americans are enduring the ravages of both gun violence of a committed sniper and the violence of Planet Earth's environmental war on the frail humans that have been using and abusing her.

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Access to guns and gun violence in the United States is out of control. US wars killing people around the world has been the rationale used by some to kill in the United States. Corporate, Congressional and Trump administration denial of the human impact on our environment and refusal to work to reduce the impact of humanity will fuel even more violent attacks by nature on us.

It's time for Congress to enact gun control legislation, for US wars to end, and that we take serious measures to stop further destruction of our climate.

 

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Ann Wright is a 29-year US Army/Army Reserves veteran, a retired United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997, after helping to evacuate several thousand (more...)
 

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...the profit and power that the policies of division and destruction make.

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Yes, Ann . . . yes, everyone . . . the violence will continue to surge and escalate, domestically and across the globe.

As the #1 purveyor of violence and indifference to human suffering, the U.S. will continue on this path until there's a decapitation strike on our seats of power. Those now in charge are sociopathic lunatics. We don't need any more Las Vegas shootings, military aggression, or diplomatic belligerence to figure this out.

THIS IS A TOP DOWN PROBLEM. Our misleadership has set the violent tone for the entire planet. It's war, genocide, ecocide, exploitation, imperialism.

If we don't replace these horrifying individuals, starting with a clean sweep in Congress in November 2018, this can only end catastrophically.

Regime change in Congress next November!

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Addendum to my last comment:

"The empire will collapse and the nation will consume itself within our lifetimes if we do not wrest power from those who rule the corporate state." - Chris Hedges

The End of Empire

End the aggression, stop the military madness, end the ruling class pursuit of empire before it destroys every family, community, town, city, and state in this putrefying mess of a nation. Replace all of these arrogant asswipes by demanding peace!

Peace Dividend

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Take one person with a machine gun in Las Vegas and multiply him hundreds of thousands of times, then drop 2000 pound bombs tens of thousands of times, send in one million assassins to do home invasions and drag screaming children and women in their night clothes to watch as their husbands, fathers and son are executed, beaten, and tortured, fly drones over them night and day and vaporize wedding parties, funerals and random groups because they fit a logarithm of a drone operator thousands of miles away, and then when refuges flee with nothing but the clothes on their backs turn them away as migrants looking for handouts. But this is not the time to talk about that?

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I have copied your comment to use in the introduction to my posting this article on Google+, Facebook (but not Twitter because it's too long...).


Once again, you said it so much better than I could.

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It is past time for our leaders to act in our interests. But, this has not and will not happen with the current government. It is time for us to gather in D.C. and fire our current government.

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Sister Ann Wright: Thank you for this important article. I cannot agree with your last line because our Congress is composed of fools and sociopaths and they are certainly in no position to do anything to counteract increasing violence (being addicted to it themselves). But the information you collected together into a concise and well written expose is very useful to me and to the people I contact.

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Calamities in the world are not new. The poor nations, while suffering natural calamities due to climate change mostly created by rich nations by their carbon emission, endured imperialism and oppression. Now, it is US turn to bear the brunt of the man nade sins

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Sad, but true.

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American Lives Matter---obviously a lot more than Arabs, Muslims, Palestinians, Syrians, Iranians, North Korean, Chinese, Russian, Africans, Native South Americans, Native North Americans, and people of color and poor people everywhere.

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The families of the innocent victims of unrestricted access to weapons of mass destruction in the US must feel so much better having listened to the words of condolence and witnessed the sorrow of US president Donald Trump.

I wonder if the families of the thousands of innocent dead, men, women and children in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen feel the same.

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