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John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

Unspeakable?

I don’t think so.

This event not only is a fairly common one in the lunatic United States, it is actually a rather small one compared to events abroad which are day-in, day-out policy of the United States.

The press should report close-up what happens regularly in Damascus or Gaza City. Or the horrors of Libya or Yemen.

Americans of course always think what happens to them as the most terrible thing that can possibly be imagined, and their language reflects that thinking.

It is just another aspect of what is aptly called “American exceptionalism.”

One should never forget that American society murders over 20,000 people a year. American cops kill, pretty much with impunity, more than a 1,000 people every year.

And in just one of its numerous colonial wars, America left behind about 3,000,000 corpses in Viet Nam.

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Response to a reader going on about Muslims and violence:

Crap.

You have no insight into these people’s minds, yet you pretend that you do.

Essentially people like you are using a horrible event to promote your prejudices.

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 Response to reader saying America was always reluctant to declare events as terror:

I don’t think you have any idea what you are talking about.

Indeed Americans are always far too ready to declare something an act of terror.

And what possible difference does it make whether you declare that or not?

None. It’s a lot like labelling a murder as “a hate crime.” So what difference does that make? Someone’s still dead no matter what the motive or mental state of the killer, and we cannot know the mental state of a dead killer.

Words like yours only serve to fog up issues and support the ongoing, mindless business of “a war on terror” and support the genuine state terror we see daily in Israel.

 

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