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Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaeda are all terrorist groups.
Hezbollah kidnapped Israeli soldiers and "indiscriminately" lobbed rockets into Israel.
Does that mean that Israel responded by "discriminately" bombing Lebanese civilians with precision fired missiles? Who leads in the dead civilian competition? Lebanon, if I'm not mistaken.
Yet, according to our media, Israel is the victim. I suggest that the Middle East is the victim.
We discovered this continent, slaughtered the people who were inhabiting it and called them savages. Who were the savages, the people who were living on the land they called home for hundreds of years or the more technologically advanced people who slaughtered the indigenous people in order to steal their land?
We wanted Mexico. Just as Hezbollah kidnapped a couple of Israeli soldiers, Mexicans murdered an American soldier, one American soldier, "spilled American blood", as Polk put it, and he used that incident to justify an invasion of Mexico, the slaughter of Mexicans and the theft of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and much of California. Polk embellished the reason for invading Mexico, if he didn't outright lie.
The Maine was sunk by what probably was an onboard incident. Yet, McKinley, with the help of the Hearst Dynasty, told the American people that Spain had sunk the ship and justified an invasion of Cuba to remove the Spanish. If there was any doubt about the Maine, the American people were also told that we were bringing Democracy to Cuba (sound familiar?). President McKinley lied to the American people. We proceeded to buy up Cuba, work with its corrupt governments and exploit the Cuban people for the better part of 60 years.
There's still controversy as to what started World War I in Europe, but the US entered because German ships were interfering with US weapons sales to England and France. The US could have stayed out of the war. Even if the Kaiser controlled a good portion of Europe, a German victory may not have given rise to the hero Germans needed. Adolf Hitler may have remained a little known German politician.
Nonetheless, the reasons given to Americans for the US entrance into World War I were misleading. German U-Boats sank American vessels, but Americans weren't aware where the vessels were going and what they were delivering. President Wilson mislead the American people.
Stopping the spread of communism and a phantom attack on American vessels killed 112,414 American military personnel in Korea and Vietnam.
There have since been numerous protests by South Koreans against their various governments and their electoral process and we are conducting business with Vietnam. What did we stop? 112,414 hearts. We kept our economy strong, albeit a military/industrial economy. Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon lied to or mislead the American people.
The lies and secrets of the Reagan Regime, which included dealing with a corrupt government to support a corrupt uprising, are almost too numerous to mention here.
George H. W. Bush lied to us when he told us that we were repelling Iraq's march into Kuwait for the sake of the wonderful people of Kuwait. Kuwait's oppressive regime played nicely with the Former United States of America while the Iraqi government didn't know whether the FUSA was friend or foe. I guess it was one once and is the other now. In addition, the American people were not told that Kuwait was slant drilling to tap into Iraq's oil supply.
9/11 was not engineered and carried out by outsiders.
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