JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: BRITISH MP WRITES OF COLLUDING WITH AMERICAN DRONE TERROR – GOOD POINT BUT I NOTE THE WAY IT IS MADE IS A MEASURE OF AMERICA’S BAD EFFECT ON INTERNATIONAL ETHICS AND MORALS   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY CLIVE LEWIS IN THE GUARDIAN

This time Britain must resist colluding in US drone terror

Absolutely, Clive Lewis.

However, your “The use of drones devastates communities and fuels terrorist recruitment” does bother me.

It is rather dithery and beside the point.

I really would have liked to have read a clear statement that America’s program of industrial-scale extrajudicial killing is one of the most ethically and morally repellent practices in our world today.

All the people who are targets are legally guilty of nothing, and when these innocent people are killed, we also see bystanders in significant numbers killed.

Obama, who started the horror, used to sign off on “kill lists.”

Nightmarish enough, I think, but Trump doesn’t even bother with that, having told the psychopaths at the CIA that they were best to judge who should die.

There is no distinction between this American horror and the practices of the old Argentine junta making people “disappear” in the thousands decades ago.

I think our public view of it is a fair measure of how far we’ve sunk under America’s self-declared world leadership.
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Response to another reader comment:

I find it troubling that people focus on America’s “collateral damage.”

It is just a fact that the targets themselves are innocent.

And have you seen a couple of video clips from American attack helicopters shooting down groups of obviously innocent civilians just for fun in the Mideast?

The clips were kept secret, but some have gotten out.

It was exactly such a clip that aroused the compassionate feelings and anger of Chelsea Manning when she viewed them in her intelligence work years ago and destroyed her career to reveal what she saw.

You take a bunch of 19-year old Americans and send them to the other side of the planet, a place they learn to hate, whose language they cannot speak, whose customs they laugh at, and you have them armed with powerful weapons and little accountability, and this just is what happens.

And do think it is any different for the buzz-cut thugs working in CIA basements with computer screens? They play violent video games with real human victims, and they have zero accountability.

Whether through psychopathy, a condition always affecting some percent of any population, or brutal boredom by young people doing a ghastly job, the results are the same.

And I remind everyone that America at home, the place from which these soldiers and computer operators come, already is a very brutal society. It produces large numbers of young people – whether gang members or local trigger-happy cops – who are entertained by shooting people. It has the highest violent crime rates in the West plus the worst record of abusive police and prisons.

With these policies and practices, sick people are given a legal way to do what they like doing and they are paid well for doing it. After all, who else would be attracted to such “work” in the first place?

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Posted August 31, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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