Israel's end is near, Ahmadinejad says

Israel's end is near, Ahmadinejad says

There are 38120 comments on the Worcester Telegram & Gazette story from Jun 4, 2007, titled Israel's end is near, Ahmadinejad says. In it, Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that:

TEHRAN, Iran- Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday said the world would witness the destruction of Israel soon, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

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Uzi

Kfar Saba, Israel

#41128 Mar 8, 2014
E23Jer34 wrote:
Jews are a self chosen people by retards who think they are chosen by god.
something that jews have used to gain political power for. Mostly it's stupid christians who believe that.
You are not chosen - you people invented the bible.!!
Idiot, Go and complain to the big boss, GOD.
Uzi

Kfar Saba, Israel

#41129 Mar 8, 2014
Valedictorian at Israel's Top Medical School Damn! How the hell is the U.N. going to spin this?

Guess Who’s Valedictorian at Israel’s Top Medical School? < http://israelseen.com/2013/07/19/guess-whos-v... ;
By Zach Pontz.

This year’s valedictorian at the Technion University, known as “the MIT of Israel,” would likely displease those intent on framing Israel in the most unflattering of terms, writes Diana Bletter for The Huffington Post. < http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diana-bletter/g... ; That’s because the Valedictorian is an Islamic woman named Mais Ali-Saleh who grew up in a small Arab village outside of Nazareth, in Israel’s Galilee.

Ali-Selah not only disproves claims made by Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movements, that Israel is an apartheid state and that its academic institutions should be boycotted, but she put it best when she said,“An academic boycott of Israel is a passive move, and it doesn’t achieve any of its purported objectives.”

Ali-Selah’s success almost didn’t happen. After her first class at the Technion, in Haifa, northern Israel, she was ready to call it quits. Though she had studied Hebrew from elementary school through high school, her grasp of the language was tenuous at best, having spoken mostly Arabic while growing up.

However, she decided to persevere, and is currently doing an Obstetrics/Gynecology residency at Carmel Hospital in Haifa. She decided to take on the field, despite its demanding hours, because she knew that many Arab women are more comfortable going to a female doctor rather than a male.

On trips to Europe, Ali-Selah said that people she met were surprised to learn that Israeli Arabs studied engineering and medicine in Israel, and that they lived among Jews. She points to this lack of awareness as helping to perpetuate the falsehood strengthened by BDS and Boycotters like Roger Waters that Israel is an apartheid state which denies a fundamental truth: Arabs, and in particular Arab women, have more freedom, liberties and academic opportunities in Israel than in any Arab country.

Rather than an academic boycott which negatively impacts researchers who want to disseminate knowledge rather than restrict it Ali-Selah suggests a more active stance: encouraging academic life within the Palestinian Authority, strengthening academic ties with Palestinian universities, and planning joint research projects with Palestinian scientists.

Furthermore, Ali-Selah says that those interested in advancing the cause of peace in the Middle East should focus their energies on supporting more of Israel’s success stories like her own, and pressuring Arab countries to emulate Israel’s academic freedoms and democracy.
I am Jehovah

Klaksvík, Faroe Islands

#41130 Mar 8, 2014
Uzi wrote:
<quoted text>
Idiot, Go and complain to the big boss, GOD.
Don't you know how to read. You are not gods chosen - You are self chosen you retard!!
If you were gods chosen when have we ever seen any proof? LOL.

The bible is not a proof for anything since it was invented by you, the self chosen people.

If you realy believe the bible why don't all jews return to the so called holy land witch isn't so holy after all.

The so called "holy land" is a product of the Rothschild family buying a land from the english colonist empire. Rich bankers who have profitted on european debt and wars!!
I am Jehovah

Klaksvík, Faroe Islands

#41131 Mar 8, 2014
Rothschild banking network doesn't include Iran just yet. After USA will bomb Iran or force iran into a so called "democracy" .

but the real issue is to force Iran into the zionist finance and the monopoly on currency and stock exchanging mechanicsm witch the zionist want full domination over the world.

North Korea and Cuba is outside of this network and those are the countries who are being demonized most by the zionist US media.

Since: Nov 12

Sacramento, CA

#41132 Mar 8, 2014
The question of the day: Did the religion of peace.....Mo's.....bring the plane down? Did Allah command another killing?
MUQ

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

#41133 Mar 8, 2014
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/arti...

The Changing Contours of US Imperial Intervention in World Conflicts

By James Petras (Contd.)

Secretary of State John Kerry has already caved in to Israeli pressure stating,“We will be stepping up on enforcement (of existing sanctions) through the Treasury Department,”(FT 12/18/13, p. 4). Israel and its top Zionist agent within the Obama Administration, Dennis Ross, are pushing for a joint Israeli-US “working group” to discuss tightening sanctions on Iran and punishing any government or business which tries to do business with Iran during the “interim agreement”, a position pursued by David Cohen and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (FT 12/ 13/13). Israel is behind the US demand that Iran convert its Arak Facilities from a heavy water into a light-water reactor and reduce its centrifuges by 95% from 19,000 to 1,000.

In other words, Israel dictates terms to the US negotiators that will effectively sabotage any possible agreement and put the US on a course toward another war for Israel . Surprisingly, Israel ’s hardliners and its agents within the US Administration have an important and unlikely ally – Iran ’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javid Zarif, the chief negotiator in Geneva , who has downplayed Iran ’s military capabilities and exaggerated US military capabilities and seems quite willing to dismantle Iran ’s peaceful nuclear program. In justifying his far-reaching concessions and meager returns, Foreign Minister Zarif publicly declared that ‘the US could destroy the country’s ( Iran ’s) defense system with one bomb!”(FT, 12/10/13, p. 2) Zarif, in effect, is preparing to sell out Iran ’s nuclear industry, in advance, without any objective consideration of Iran ’s military power or recognition of US strategic weaknesses.

Saudi Arabia’s rulers influence US policy through their contracts with the military – industrial complex – amounting to over $20 billion dollar arms purchase in 2013. In addition, the Saudi Monarch has allowed the construction of US military bases on its territory and maintains close ties with Wall Street investment houses. Saudi opposition to any US – Iran rapprochement arises from Riyadh ’s fear of Iranian influence over its oppressed Shia minority and Tehran ’s critique of the absolutist monarchy.

The positive gains, in terms of US strategic military and economic interests from an agreement with the liberal Iranian regime, are offset by the negative pressures from Saudi and Israeli-Zionists interests. As a result, Washington ’s policy oscillates between peaceful, diplomatic overtures to Iran and bellicose threats to appease Israel and Saudi Arabia . Washington is desperate to avoid being dragged into another “war for Israel ”, in order to secure its hegemony in the Persian Gulf region and avoid a major domestic political and economic crisis. The Obama Administration has yet to exhibit the high degree of statesmanship necessary to restrain and neutralize the deeply embedded Zionist Power Configuration, within its ranks and in the Congress, which places Israeli interests over those of the US .
MUQ

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

#41134 Mar 8, 2014


Regional Conflicts: Minor Interests and Major Actors

The Ukraine – European Union (EU)– Russian conflict involves minor US economic interests but potentially major military interests. The US supports the EU’s policy of incorporating the Ukraine into its economic and trade system. The EU will be the major beneficiary in the plunder of Ukraine ’s economy, penetrating its market and reaping mega financial returns. The US is content to watch the EU play the major role in stoking Ukrainian civil unrest. If and when Ukraine joins the EU, it will become another client regime subject to the dictates of the bankers and bureaucrats in Brussels , just like Spain , Greece , Portugal and Italy ).

The US is mainly interested in bringing the Ukraine into NATO as part of its policy of surrounding Russia .

Syria, like Libya , Mali , Central African Republic and Egypt , are of secondary interest for the US . Washington has let the European Union, especially France, England and their allies, lead and direct military operations directly and through proxies. The Obama Administration already faced intense “intervention fatigue”– widespread popular opposition to war – when it joined the EU in bombing Tripoli to rubble, but it refused to commit ground forces and left Libya a broken country without a viable economy, stable society or functioning state! So much for ‘humanitarian intervention’! Intervention in Syria has faced even greater domestic opposition from Congress and the US public – except for the Israeli and Saudi lobbies.

Obama was clearly not willing to act as ‘Al Qaeda’s Air Force’ by bombing Damascus and facilitating a jihadist takeover. It chose diplomatic solution and accepted the Russian proposal to dismantle Syria ’s chemical weapons. It appears to support a Geneva-based negotiated solution. Another war, this time with Syria , would inflame US domestic discontent and further erode the economy, with no positive gain for US imperialism. In fact, US military victory over Damascus would expand the territory of operation for Al Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant . It was US public opinion that overcame the massive pro-Israel media barrage and pressure from the 52 Presidents of the Major American Jewish Organizations that had been actively pushing the Obama Administration into a ‘Syrian Quagmire’!
w wman uk

Liverpool, UK

#41138 Mar 9, 2014
MUQ wrote:
All our WWM talks is hate and hatred. One would not find any thing else in most of his posts.
As Regards Islam and west, the More they will try to suppress Islam and create hype against it, the faster it would grow!!
One cannot suppress truth of Islam and its teachings by these means.
The problem is that extreem islam is not supperessed the haterd that is preached towards the kuffir should be known to all.
The teaching of islam should be posted on bill boards in every town in the UK the hadiths of hatred should be known to all.
The local council should post how much welfare the bearded pajama wearing murhumna collect together with their housing benifit.child allowances.
The pajama gang hate us hate our country and want shiria law we are a small country so it would they not be happier if they settled in murhnaland?
They wouldnt of coarse because islamist run countries are usualy shit to live in take shiteisstan for instance.
The people arnt bad given the inputs from the karan it is suprisng that so many muslims a very deicent and sucsessful people in spite of koranic teaching . One family l know have ignored the koran not marriad their daughter off ,sent her to university they even paid for driving lessons and bought her a car. They even have kaffir as friends.
mug should they be punished by the pajama brigade for not marry her of early wasting money on educating her and letting her drive the car ?
Suprise us and answer truthfuly dont hide under your cut and paste
I am Jehovah

Klaksvík, Faroe Islands

#41140 Mar 9, 2014
Anyone interested in the jewish conflict of isreal or just interested in that region as whole ought to read the balfour decleration.

This is how Isreal was created: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons...

Who was Rothschild family, with all of that power. Yes he was a jew who gained ownership of all major european central banks.

Best way to learn about Rothschild family is to watch the movie "the Money masters" of youtube.
I am Jehovah

Klaksvík, Faroe Islands

#41142 Mar 9, 2014
Zionist Crimes wrote:
There will never be "peace" in Middle East, as long the Zionist Criminals are destroying everything there.
The Rothschild family who founded the start of Isreal has a long history back to 1800
s of banking. They were war profitters and lent money to both sides of the napoleon war. And have profittet on war and debt ever since.

To have dreams of Isreal wanting peace is very unrealistic.
MUQ

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

#41143 Mar 9, 2014
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/arti...

The Changing Contours of US Imperial Intervention in World Conflicts

By James Petras (Contd.)

French President Francoise Hollande is the new face of imperial militarism and interventionism in Africa with its massive bombing in Libya and invasion and occupation in Mali and the Central African Republic . The US is content to play a ‘supporting role’ to France . It has no strategic involvement in Africa apart from its proxy wars in Somalia .

With public opinion strongly against any more major direct military intervention Washington has turned to military proxies for conflicts in ‘strategic’ and marginal countries and regions. Even where significant imperial interests may be involved, Washington increasingly relies on local elites to act on its behalf in conflicts in countries as diverse as Yemen , Thailand , Honduras , Venezuela , Pakistan , Afghanistan and Egypt . Sending drones and dispatching teams of Special Forces in clandestine operations have been the US Administration’s intervention of choice in Yemen , Somalia and Pakistan . In Afghanistan, Special Forces combine with the US military, NATO troops and local client military proxies, as well as drones.
In Honduras, the US-backed military coup, which unleashed death squads with the killing of over 200 dissident activists in a two year period was followed by a fraudulent election which reclaimed ‘power’ for a US client regime. In Venezuela , the US continues to finance opposition parties who support violent street mobs, the sabotage of public services like electricity, while relying on local business elites to hoard basic goods and inflate prices. So far, these efforts to undermine the Venezuelan government have failed.

Conclusion

US Empire builders have relied on a wider variety of interventions than their predecessor under President George W. Bush. They are much less prone to launch large-scale ground operations and more likely to turn to local client elites. They have shown a far greater sense of priorities in selecting targets for direct intervention.
MUQ

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

#41144 Mar 9, 2014
Washington relies more on its imperial European allies, especially the French, to take the lead in Africa, without relinquishing its key interest in maintaining Egypt tightly under US-Israeli control. There is a shift in priority toward the Far East, especially the countries bordering China , like Japan and South Korea , as part of the long-term US strategy to encircle and limit China ’s economic expansion. The US ‘Pivot to Asia ’, under the Obama Administration, is characterized by alternating economic negotiations with growing military encirclement.

Controlling the Persian Gulf and undermining Iran continues to be a high priority for US Empire builders, but the costly and disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq under George W. Bush and its adverse domestic fallout, has led Washington to rely less on military confrontation with Tehran and more on economic sanctions, military encirclement and now diplomatic negotiations to secure collaboration from the new Rouhani regime.

The principle strategic weakness in US empire building policy lies in the absence of domestic support. There is a growing demand for better paying jobs to reverse the decline of US living standards and greater protection for social services and livelihoods. The second strategic weakness is found in the incapacity of the US to create a viable economic “co-prosperity sphere”, which would win allies in Asia and Latin America . The so-called “Pivot to Asia” is overly and overtly reliant on military (mostly naval) power, which functions in times of ‘territorial conflicts’ with China, but does not create stable, structural links with local productive elites – who rely on China for trade.

In the end the most serious obstacle to effectively adapting US foreign policy to the current realities is the influential Israel-linked-Zionist Power Configuration embedded in the Congress, the Administration and the mass media. Zionists are deeply committed to pushing the US into more wars for Israel . Nevertheless the shift to negotiations with Iran, the refusal to bomb Syria and the reluctance to get involved in the Ukraine are all indications that Washington is less inclined to launch more large-scale military intervention and more receptive to the public opinion constraints on the exercise of imperial power.

James Petras is a retired Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York and adjunct professor at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who has published prolifically on Latin American and Middle Eastern political issues.
Hillie Billie Boganed

United States

#41146 Mar 10, 2014
Uzi wrote:
<quoted text>
You not supposed to be without your pills Bozo.
What's a Bozo?

“SATYAMEV JAYATE-TRUTH WINS ”

Since: Mar 14

JUBAIL, KSA

#41150 Mar 11, 2014
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/arti...

“Bride and Boom!”

We’re Number One... In Obliterating Wedding Parties

By Tom Engelhardt

December 20, 2013 "Information Clearing House - The headline --“Bride and Boom!”-- was spectacular, if you think killing people in distant lands is a blast and a half. Of course, you have to imagine that smirk line in giant black letters with a monstrous exclamation point covering most of the bottom third of the front page of the Murdoch-owned New York Post. The reference was to a caravan of vehicles on its way to or from a wedding in Yemen that was eviscerated, evidently by a U.S. drone via one of those “surgical” strikes of which Washington is so proud. As one report put it,“Scorched vehicles and body parts were left scattered on the road.”

It goes without saying that such a headline could only be applied to assumedly dangerous foreigners --“terror” or “al-Qaeda suspects”-- in distant lands whose deaths carry a certain quotient of weirdness and even amusement with them. Try to imagine the equivalent for the Newtown massacre the day after Adam Lanza broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School and began killing children and teachers. Since even the New York Post wouldn’t do such a thing, let’s posit that the Yemen Post did, that playing off the phrase “head of the class,” their headline was:“Dead of the Class!”(with that same giant exclamation point). It would be sacrilege. The media would descend. The tastelessness of Arabs would be denounced all the way up to the White House. You’d hear about the callousness of foreigners for days.

And were a wedding party to be obliterated on a highway anywhere in America on the way to, say, a rehearsal dinner, whatever the cause, it would be a 24/7 tragedy. Our lives would be filled with news of it. Count on that.

But a bunch of Arabs in a country few in the U.S. had ever heard of before we started sending in the drones? No such luck, so if you’re a Murdoch tabloid, it’s open season, no consequences guaranteed. As it happens,“Bride and Boom!” isn’t even an original. It turns out to be a stock Post headline. Google it and you’ll find that, since 9/11, the paper has used it at least twice before last week, and never for the good guys: once in 2005, for “the first bomb-making husband and wife,” two Palestinian newlyweds arrested by the Israelis; and once in 2007, for a story about a “bride,” decked out in a “princess-style wedding gown,” with her “groom.” Their car was stopped at a checkpoint in Iraq by our Iraqis, and both of them turned out to be male “terrorists” in a “nutty nuptial party.” Ba-boom!

As it happened, the article by Andy Soltis accompanying the Post headline last week began quite inaccurately.“A U.S. drone strike targeting al-Qaeda militants in Yemen,” went the first line,“took out an unlikely target on Thursday -- a wedding party heading to the festivities.”

“SATYAMEV JAYATE-TRUTH WINS ”

Since: Mar 14

JUBAIL, KSA

#41151 Mar 11, 2014
Soltis can, however, be forgiven his ignorance. In this country, no one bothers to count up wedding parties wiped out by U.S. air power. If they did, Soltis would have known that the accurate line, given the history of U.S. war-making since December 2001 when the first party of Afghan wedding revelers was wiped out (only two women surviving), would have been:“A U.S. drone... took out a likely target.”
After all, by the count of TomDispatch, this is at least the eighth wedding party reported wiped out, totally or in part, since the Afghan War began and it extends the extermination of wedding celebrants from the air to a third country -- six destroyed in Afghanistan, one in Iraq, and now the first in Yemen.

And in all those years, reporters covering these “incidents” never seem to notice that similar events had occurred previously. Sometimes whole wedding parties were slaughtered, sometimes just the bride or groom’s parties were hit. Estimated total dead from the eight incidents: almost 300 Afghans, Iraqis, and Yemenis. And keep in mind that, in these years, weddings haven’t been the only rites hit. U.S. air power has struck gatherings ranging from funerals to a baby-naming ceremony.

The only thing that made the Yemeni incident unique was the drone. The previous strikes were reportedly by piloted aircraft.

Non-tabloid papers were far more polite in their headlines and accounts, though they did reflect utter confusion about what had happened in a distant part of distant Yemen. The wedding caravan of vehicles was going to a wedding -- or coming back. Fifteen were definitively dead. Or 11. Or 13. Or 14. Or 17. The attacking plane had aimed for al-Qaeda targets and hit the wedding party “by mistake.” Or al-Qaeda “suspects” had been among the wedding party, though all reports agree that innocent wedding goers died. Accounts of what happened from Yemeni officials differed, even as that country’s parliamentarians demanded an end to the U.S. drone campaign in their country. The Obama administration refused to comment. It was generally reported that this strike, like others before it, had -- strangely enough -- upset Yemenis and made them more amenable to the propaganda of al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula.

“SATYAMEV JAYATE-TRUTH WINS ”

Since: Mar 14

JUBAIL, KSA

#41152 Mar 11, 2014
What did prophet preach?(The other side of story)

Selection from the book MISHKAT AL MASABEEH (an authentic collection of sayings of prophet) Part-6

Subject: On showbiz and vanity

31. Prophet PBUH said “Verily Allah does not look at your faces or your wealth, but He look at your hearts and at your deeds”

32. Prophet PBUH said “If Allah looks in someone desire for hereafter, He puts into his heart satisfaction and focuses his thoughts and wealth comes to him …”

“And one in whose heart there is desire of wealth and he only shows to people about his righteousness, Allah brings before his eyes the fear of destitute, and he is always in fear and he does not any thing else from the world, except what Allah had decreed for him”

33. Prophet PBUH said “Even the smallest act so as to show people, is a sort of associating partners with Allah, and one who harms Friends of Allah (i.e. righteous people), he has (in fact) challenged Allah…”

Subject : Change in conditions of people during last days

34. Prophet PBUH said “In last days there would be 100 camels but not even one would be fit to ride on”(i.e. there would be a large number of Muslims, but very few of them shall have the right amount of faith)

35. Prophet PBUH said “A time will come, when for any one to practice his true religion would be like holding a burning piece of coal in his hands”

36. Prophet PBUH said “If any group indulges in stealing, Allah puts fear of enemies into their hearts

“If any group gets involved in fornication and adultery, death is spread into them “(i.e. shortage of population”

“If any group gets involved in cheating in weight and measures, they are inflicted with poverty”

“If any group gets involved in Injustice, infighting spread between them”

“If any group is involved in breaking treaties and trusts, they are ruled by their enemies”

“AU KAMA QAAL ALAIHI AL SALAT WA SALAAM (Prophet PBUH said these or similar words)

Contd.
Hillie Billie Boganed

United States

#41153 Mar 11, 2014
MUQ wrote:
http://www.informationclearing house.info/article37182.htm
The Changing Contours of US Imperial Intervention in World Conflicts
By James Petras (Contd.)
French President Francoise Hollande
Why hasn't this been headlines in all newspapers across the world, MUQ?

"President of France undergoes successful SEX change operation"

If it were us we would sue James Petras for all his worth.

“SATYAMEV JAYATE-TRUTH WINS ”

Since: Mar 14

JUBAIL, KSA

#41157 Mar 12, 2014
Hillie Billie Boganed wrote:
<quoted text>
Why hasn't this been headlines in all newspapers across the world, MUQ?
"President of France undergoes successful SEX change operation"
If it were us we would sue James Petras for all his worth.
Because Media is on "full time job" to look and report for Islamic Terrorists....it does not have time for news like this.

“SATYAMEV JAYATE-TRUTH WINS ”

Since: Mar 14

JUBAIL, KSA

#41158 Mar 12, 2014
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/arti...

“Bride and Boom!”

We’re Number One... In Obliterating Wedding Parties

By Tom Engelhardt

In the end, reports on a wedding slaughter in a distant land are generally relegated to the inside pages of the paper and passing notice on the TV news, an event instantly trumped by almost anything whatsoever -- a shooting in a school anywhere in the U.S., snow storms across the Northeast, you name it -- and promptly buried and forgotten.

And yet, in a country that tends to value records, this represents record-making material. After all, what are the odds of knocking off all or parts of eight wedding parties in the space of a little more than a decade (assuming, of course, that the destruction of other wedding parties or the killing of other wedding goers in America’s distant war zones hasn’t gone unreported). If the Taliban or the Iranians or the North Koreans had piled up such figures -- and indeed the Taliban has done wedding damage via roadside bombs and suicide bombers -- we would know just what to think of them. We would classify them as barbarians, savages, evildoers.

You might imagine that such a traffic jam of death and destruction would at least merit some longer-term attention, thought, analysis, or discussion here. But with the rarest of exceptions, it’s nowhere to be found, right, left, or center, in Washington or Topeka, in everyday conversation or think-tank speak. And keep in mind that we’re talking about a country where the slaughter of innocents -- in elementary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities, workplaces and movie theaters, parking lots and naval shipyards -- is given endless attention, carefully toted up, discussed and debated until “closure” is reached.

And yet no one here even thinks to ask how so many wedding parties in foreign lands could be so repeatedly taken out. Is the U.S. simply targeting weddings purposely? Not likely. Could it reflect the fact that, despite all the discussion of the “surgical precision” of American air power, pilots have remarkably little idea what’s really going on below them or who exactly, in lands where American intelligence must be half-blind, they are aiming at? That, at least, seems likely.

“SATYAMEV JAYATE-TRUTH WINS ”

Since: Mar 14

JUBAIL, KSA

#41159 Mar 12, 2014
Or if "they" gather in certain regions, does American intelligence just assume that the crowd must be "enemy" in nature?(As an American general said about a wedding party attacked in Western Iraq,“How many people go to the middle of the desert... to hold a wedding 80 miles from the nearest civilization?”) Or is it possible that, in our global war zones, a hint that enemy “suspects” might be among a party of celebrants means that the party itself is fair game, that it’s open season no matter who might be in the crowd?

In this same spirit, the U.S. drone campaigns are said to launch what in drone-speak are called "signature strikes" -- that is, strikes not against identified individuals, but against "a pre-identified 'signature' of behavior that the U.S. links to militant activity." In other words, the U.S. launches drone strikes against groups or individuals whose behavior simply fits a “suspect” category: young men of military age carrying weapons, for instance (in areas where carrying a weapon may be the norm no matter who you are). In a more general sense, however, the obliterated wedding party may be the true signature strike of the post 9/11 era of American war-making, the strike that should, but never will, remind Americans that the war on terror was and remains, for others in distant lands, a war of terror, a fearsome creation to which we are conveniently blind.

Consider it a record. For the period since September 11, 2001, we’re number one... in obliterating wedding parties! In those years, whether we care to know it or not,“till death do us part” has gained a far grimmer meaning.

Tom Engelhardt is a co-founder of the American Empire Project and author of The United States of Fear as well as a history of the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture, runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com . His latest book, co-authored with Nick Turse, is Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050.



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