Sounds like the Democrat party platform.ADDENDUM
The preceding was a "first take" reading, more a stream-of-consciousness interpretive reaction to the September 11 counterattack than a finished piece on the topic. Hence, I'll readily admit that I've been far less than thorough, and quite likely wrong about a number of things.
For instance, it may not have been (only) the ghosts of Iraqi children who made their appearance that day. It could as easily have been some or all of their butchered Palestinian cousins.
Or maybe it was some or all of the at least 3.2 million Indochinese who perished as a result of America's sustained and genocidal assault on Southeast Asia (1959-1975), not to mention the millions more who've died because of the sanctions imposed thereafter.
Perhaps there were a few of the Korean civilians massacred by US troops at places like No Gun Ri during the early 50s, or the hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians ruthlessly incinerated in the ghastly fire raids of World War II (only at Dresden did America bomb Germany in a similar manner).
And, of course, it could have been those vaporized in the militarily pointless nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
There are others, as well, a vast and silent queue of faceless victims, stretching from the million-odd Filipinos slaughtered during America's "Indian War" in their islands at the beginning of the twentieth century, through the real Indians, America's own, massacred wholesale at places like Horseshoe Bend and the Bad Axe, Sand Creek and Wounded Knee, the Washita, Bear River, and the Marias.
Was it those who expired along the Cherokee Trial of Tears of the Long Walk of the Navajo?
Those murdered by smallpox at Fort Clark in 1836?
Starved to death in the concentration camp at Bosque Redondo during the 1860s?
Maybe those native people claimed for scalp bounty in all 48 of the continental US states? Or the Raritans whose severed heads were kicked for sport along the streets of what was then called New Amsterdam, at the very site where the WTC once stood?
One hears, too, the whispers of those lost on the Middle Passage, and of those whose very flesh was sold in the slave market outside the human kennel from whence Wall Street takes its name. And of coolie laborers, imported by the gross-dozen to lay the tracks of empire across scorching desert sands, none of them allotted "a Chinaman's chance" of surviving.
The list is too long, too awful to go on.
No matter what its eventual fate, America will have gotten off very, very cheap.
The full measure of its guilt can never be fully balanced or atoned for.
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#880394 Mar 26, 2013
I give up. No one will ever believe me....
#880395 Mar 26, 2013
NBC will call an opinion an opinion.
FOX will say an opinion is fact. those same opinions that you call reporting.
your shtick impresses me not one iota. you yourself show up here touting opinion as fact even after it's been debunked on countless occasions. if you want to try to impress with your 'knowledge' of the 'facts', i suggest you find some new facts to work with.
#880396 Mar 26, 2013
Hi, honey. I believe you... trust me.
#880397 Mar 26, 2013
carol, sweetie, I'm going to sit alongside you forever. Bank on it. dear..
#880398 Mar 26, 2013
Thought provoking if you think America has done more evil in the world than good.
You must not have read the whole thing.
There are things we've done under the wrong leadership which disturbs me greatly since our beginnings.
But we have done far more good.
The Afghanis loved us when we helped them run off the Russians.
The Kuwaitis loved us when we ran off Saddam and his thugs.
What happened in Iraq with the severe sanctions under Clinton and Albright which reportedly caused thousands of children to starve is good reason for them to seek revenge.
But Saddam committing mass genocide and mass graves discovered all over Iraq or killing over 5000 Kurds, mostely women and dchildren, with chemical weapons goes completely unnoticed.
It also proves sanctions against evil tyrants only hurt the innocents under their iron fist. These regimes have all kinds of money and no qualms about their own people starving.
Where in Ward's essay does he condemn the evil which led to those sanctions in the first place?
It all goes back to the real source of evil which Ward convienently in his liberal haze refuses to acknowledge.
How ironic the Trail of Tears was ordered by Andrew Jackson, a Democrat.
And how ironic the atomic bombs dropped on Japan and the fire bombings in Germany were ordered by Harry Truman, a Democrat.
And how ironic the Vietnam War was accelerated by Lyndon Johnson, a Democrat.
Maybe Ward should have written another essay without his liberal blinders on.
#880399 Mar 26, 2013
carol, you're weak. you're weak because you're stupid. It's not brain surgery.
#880400 Mar 26, 2013
NBC is a News channel, not news commentary. Fox is both, half and half.
#880401 Mar 26, 2013
Well, anyway, I'm tired now.
#880402 Mar 26, 2013
You're weak, carol. What's the point?
#880403 Mar 26, 2013
Yes, I understand. You're tired. But, um, do you understand, honey? In a few days it'll just be you and me. Us, if you will. In a few days you'll be the enemy. How will you deal with us then? i'll eat you, carol. It's what I do. Were you in some question, whore?
#880404 Mar 26, 2013
i read the whole thing. evidently you didn't.
When queried by reporters concerning his views on the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November 1963, Malcolm X famously and quite charitably, all things considered replied that it was merely a case of "chickens coming home to roost."
On the morning of September 11, 2001, a few more chickens along with some half-million dead Iraqi children came home to roost in a very big way at the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. Well, actually, a few of them seem to have nestled in at the Pentagon as well.
The Iraqi youngsters, all of them under 12, died as a predictable in fact, widely predicted result of the 1991 US "surgical" bombing of their country's water purification and sewage facilities, as well as other "infrastructural" targets upon which Iraq's civilian population depends for its very survival.
If the nature of the bombing were not already bad enough and it should be noted that this sort of "aerial warfare" constitutes a Class I Crime Against humanity, entailing myriad gross violations of international law, as well as every conceivable standard of "civilized" behavior the death toll has been steadily ratcheted up by US-imposed sanctions for a full decade now. Enforced all the while by a massive military presence and periodic bombing raids, the embargo has greatly impaired the victims' ability to import the nutrients, medicines and other materials necessary to saving the lives of even their toddlers.
All told, Iraq has a population of about 18 million. The 500,000 kids lost to date thus represent something on the order of 25 percent of their age group. Indisputably, the rest have suffered are still suffering a combination of physical debilitation and psychological trauma severe enough to prevent their ever fully recovering. In effect, an entire generation has been obliterated.
The reason for this holocaust was/is rather simple, and stated quite straightforwardly by President George Bush, the 41st "freedom-loving" father of the freedom-lover currently filling the Oval Office, George the 43rd: "The world must learn that what we say, goes," intoned George the Elder to the enthusiastic applause of freedom-loving Americans everywhere.
#880405 Mar 26, 2013
So, um, carol's dead. Who's next?
#880406 Mar 26, 2013
NBC is an entertainment channel, with limited news coverage.
#880407 Mar 26, 2013
Your treason trial will be swift and the punishment swifter.
#880409 Mar 26, 2013
BREAM: All right, let's go on to our next topic. The story that Doug McKelway had tonight that's been out there on the internet it's been all over the place about the Department of Homeland Security making massive buys of ammunition. We got some facts tonight, Charles.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: Yeah and I think it should reassure those people who are watching us now from a cave in the Rockies where they are provisioned for a year or two.
BREAM: We might need them. You might want to stay friends with them.
KRAUTHAMMER:-- waiting for the Obama coup d'etat, which apparently is not going to come. Senator Coburn, who isn't exactly a liberal, has said number one the amount of ammunition is less than in previous years. Number two, it's about a tenth of the ceiling that the DHS has allowed.
And the last point is that the ammunition that people are saying is now in short supply, is being used by the DHS for an obvious purpose. It is being used for the training of agents like the border security agents who have to go to the range a lot and stay sharp. So everything on that pans out. I hate to disappoint the conspiracy theorists they are going to have to come up with something new. And they will.
Fox Already Has The Answers To Its Ammo Conspiracy Questions
On March 26, Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade highlighted a recent purchase of rounds by the Department of Homeland Security, which Kilmeade suggested raises questions from Congress about "why they need all those bullets. Can someone answer please? Hello?"
In fact, the government has provided a response to Congress, which, as Fox previously reported, "may not calmed have conspiracy theorists, but it has calmed some fears on the Hill."
On the March 22 edition of Special Report, correspondent Douglas McElway reported that when asked by Congress about the reported purchases, DHS responded that ammunition purchases are lower than in previous years. While the law allows DHS to set purchase contracts of billions of rounds in order to reduce prices and save money -- setting off conspiracies about massive purchases -- the government hasn't actually purchased nearly that many rounds.
Later in that broadcast, contributor Charles Krauthammer mocked the ammo conspiracy theorists for "waiting for the Obama coup d'etat, which apparently is not going to come." Krauthammer added, "I hate to disappoint the conspiracy theorists they have to come up with something new. And they will."
Fox & Friends is such a frequent dumping ground for right-wing conspiracies that the hosts' antics at one point reportedly forced a network executive to issue the following directive to staff: "'For the record: seeing an item on a website does not mean it is right. Nor does it mean it is ready for air on FNC."
#880410 Mar 26, 2013
#880411 Mar 26, 2013
Not Surprized! ROTFLMAO!
#880412 Mar 26, 2013
Not Surprized! ROTFLMAO!
#880413 Mar 26, 2013
Not Surprized! ROTFLMAO!
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