The fire bombing of Dresden, Tokyo, other German and Japanese cities and two atom bombs on the heads of the civilians of Hiroshima and Nagasaki long ago brought an Anglo-American terror tactic of wholesale extermination of life.
The flattening from the air of every city and town of any size on the Korean peninsula, (with the exception of Pusan, which was never captured), was explained away as just the nature of war, and a plan was even developed to drop an atom bomb on the North.
With the famous daily body counts of the Vietnam War, one understood an open policy of extermination. Veritable ‘nests’ of ‘communists’ in the delta needed to be wiped from existence. Though Vietnamese who knew enough politics to call themselves communists were an infinitesimal part of the nationalist forces fighting first the Japanese, then the French (put back in Vietnam by Truman), and finally American invaders, U.S. propaganda called all unfriendly combatants ‘communist’, and therefore worthy of extirpation.
In 2001, a famous American former night mission terrorist, thereafter Governor, Senator and now President of the New University, defended himself to the world on “60 minutes” that the 19 women and children gunned down at point blank range by the Seal unit under his command, “were, at the very least - at the very least, (emphasis) sympathizers.”
Rev. Dr. King Jr. had already been martyred a few years earlier, but not before he spoke to the overall genocide taking place in Vietnam, "Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering.” "We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation, for those it calls "enemy," for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers. "... it helps us to see the enemy's point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic
weaknesses of our own condition.”
The U.S. Navy off the coast of Somalia routinely produces air strikes on suspected positions of members of the former Islamic Courts government never minding Somali civilian deaths.
Air strikes within Iraqi cities and towns are called in continually, civilians be damned, on Sunni insurgents, suspected al Qaida, Shiite militias, and non-Iraqis come to fight the U.S. occupation. In Congress and in media NO ONE laments the Iraqi loss of life. Compassion is limited solely to American soldiers. Suspiciously, no one takes credit for attacks on the Shiite, the sectarian violence that is given as an excuse for continuing the American occupation of Iraq.
A Marine corporal testifying in a court-martial said Marines in his unit began routinely beating Iraqis after officers ordered them to "crank up the violence level." Later, "I don't see it as an execution, sir," he told the judge. "I see it as killing the enemy." He said Marines consider all Iraqi men part of the insurgency. Said a procedure called "dead-checking" was routine. If Marines entered a house where a man was wounded, instead of checking to see whether he needed medical aid, they shot him to make sure he was dead, he testified. "If somebody is worth shooting once, they're worth shooting twice," he said. Prosecution witnesses testified that Thomas shot the 52-year-old man at point-blank range after he had already been shot by other Marines and was lying on the ground. (AP, July 15, 2007, Camp Pendleton, CA)
AP, July 14, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says American troops can leave "any time they want." One of his top aides accused the United States of embarrassing the Iraqi government by violating human rights and treating his country like an "experiment in a U.S. lab.” through such tactics as building a wall around Baghdad's Sunni neighborhood
of Azamiyah and launching repeated raids on suspected Shiite militiamen in the capital's slum of Sadr City. A month ago, the lower house of the Iraqi parliament voted for a troop withdrawal timetable, a vote suppressed in U.S. media.
As long as U.S. military remains in the midst of the Iraqi population, extermination by air strike will be limited to the immediate target area of a particular designated enemy group.
But pity the poor conscious stricken U.S. veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress for having witnessed Iraqi children’s death and suffering.
PART TWO - REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. and CAPITALISM
One half of our planetary population lives on two dollars or less a day and one billion of those brothers and sisters of ours live on less than one dollar a day, while to some of us comes so much money that we have trouble deciding how to spend it all.