“Collateral Damage”: Dehumanizing Millions Of Victims In America’s War On Terror

‘No matter how many times the U.S. bombs us, no one bats an eye.’ These are the words of just one of millions of Iraqis who have died needlessly in America’s ongoing ‘War on Terror.’ The country’s endless war has figuratively and literally destroyed the lives of countless non-combatants.
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    WASHINGTON, D.C.– In the Iraqi city of Mosul, local residents have retrieved almost 300 bodies from underneath buildings that were leveled by a U.S. airstrike that took place on March 17. The strike killed hundreds as part of an attempt by a U.S.-led coalition to combat Daesh (ISIS) forces by bombing their network of tunnels.

    Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, a senior U.S. commander in Iraq, admitted to The New York Times that, as of now, ”the initial assessment is that we probably had a role in these casualties.” In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, U.S. Brig. General Rick Uribe, who is reportedly in charge of approving strikes across parts of Iraq, argued that they’re “very careful” about how much “collateral damage” such strikes might cause.

    But after being trapped for days beneath the rubble, many Iraqis caught in the fray of the latest U.S. airstrike in the country are fighting injury, sickness, and trauma. Ali Thanoon, who was trapped beneath debris for five days, had his house bombed.



    Another Iraqi told a harrowing tale of pulling his daughter out from beneath concrete, and then seeing the corpse of his wife – her head no longer visible, and only her arms and torso intact. “We didn’t see any Daesh die – only civilians,” another resident, a local photographer, alleged.

    The euphemism “collateral damage” is often used to describe a symptom of military actions undertaken by what some describe as a “bumbling empire.” Deaths caused by intentional warfare are usually characterized as “mistakes.” Recently, 126 people were killed after a bus convoy that was carrying Muslim Shiite evacuees was bombed in the Syrian city of Aleppo. CNN reporter Nick Walsh described the horrific event as “a hiccup” that could be blamed on so-called “moderate rebels.”

     

    A crisis of conscience

    In “Techniques of Propaganda and Persuasion,” author Magedah Shabo explains that the loss of civilian lives during wartime may provoke a crisis of conscience, which can be a serious problem for belligerent forces, especially from a public relations standpoint. “If the loss of twenty soldiers can provoke a crisis of conscience for people, it is equally probable that the loss of a hundred innocent civilians could provoke unrest,” she writes.

    The dehumanization of foreign casualties is another element contributing to the normalization of civilian deaths.  According to a report from Physicians For Social Responsibility (PSR), a U.S.-based medical and public health organization, the U.S. military killed 1.9 million Iraqis from 1991 to 2003. From 2003 to date, one million more were killed by U.S.-led military intervention.

    Since 1990, helped in part by sanctions and military interventionism, the PSR study found that 4 million Muslims have been killed in countries ranging from Iraq to Pakistan. The deaths in Iraq alone, while mobilizing anti-war activists, were not enough to spur enough people into action.

    This was arguably thanks in part to the global “war on terror,” which had the Bush administration, the British government and other Western allies describing civilians as “collateral damage” and all armed factions fighting the U.S.-led occupation as barbarians, thereby denying any semblance of humanity to the Iraqis.

     

    Death and dollar signs — the monetization of Islamophobia

    An American protester in Washington, D.C. holding a sign saying he's Islamophobic.

    An American protester in Washington, D.C. holding a sign saying he’s Islamophobic. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

    This dehumanization of the millions of victims of the “war on terror” was aided in part by what could be described as an “Islamophobia industry” worth millions of dollars that used the media to regurgitate political talking points instead of challenging them.

    Yasmine Taeb, co-author of the report Fear, Inc. 2.0: The Islamophobia Network’s Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America, explains that since George W. Bush launched the “war on terror” in 2001, over $57 million has been contributed by eight wealthy donors to anti-Muslim and anti-Islam organizations.

    According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 37 U.S.-based anti-Islam groups enjoyed combined revenues of $119 million from 2008 to 2011, adding that the groups are linked to key players in a network that benefited from large sums of money as they encouraged the American public to fear Islam.

    This would eventually direct media sentiment to demonize Muslims, the religion of Islam and Arabs altogether to justify wars abroad.

    Government propaganda – which, historically, has been echoed unquestionably by the press during times of war – has always featured a menacing, inherently sadistic and formidable adversary for the public to fear. The dissemination of such propaganda has been part and parcel of most war efforts – in order to defeat an enemy, one must first convince the world that this enemy is not human, thereby easily turning civilians into faceless entities that do not deserve the most fundamental human rights.

    This kind of war marketing is currently seen in the way that Muslims and foreign people of color are often described; they exist as “hordes,” they “flood” Western communities and they’re often accused of being double agents, working to undermine the respective states they occupy. Language that characterizes entire communities as “unpeople” has been thoroughly normalized.

    Musa S., an engineering student with family in the Iraqi city of Najaf, said Iraqis have watched the world become desensitized to their plight. “No matter how many times the U.S. bombs us, no one bats an eye.”

    “During the height of occupation of Iraq by the U.S. and its allies, you’d see stories of families being executed, women and young girls being raped and tortured to death, and no matter how depraved the crimes, so long as the perpetrator wasn’t an Iraqi, the victims didn’t matter,” Musa said.

    “We aren’t people, and we aren’t animals. It’s like we exist in another dimension [to most Americans]. When we die after one of their airstrikes, it doesn’t move them into having any kind of emotional reaction. On the contrary, they look for any way to excuse the carnage. Their government is a kind of god-like being that only opens up the gates of hell to people who deserve to feel the flames,” Musa said.

    Musa also mentions the story of Abeer Qasim Hamza al-Jabani, a girl who was raped and fatally shot in the head before her corpse was set ablaze. It was found that the 14-year-old girl had been assaulted by four U.S. soldiers, who also killed her entire family.

    One of the convicted soldiers, Steven Dale Green, would later admit that he didn’t see Iraqis as human beings. In an interview with NBC News, Green said that soldiers would routinely call Iraqis derogatory names and that he couldn’t begin to describe how much he hated them. “I wasn’t thinking these people were humans.”

     

    Mainstream media complicit through lack of coverage

    A screenshot from Fox News featuring the networks coverage on President Trump's use of the 'MOAB' in Afghanistan.

    A screenshot from Fox News featuring the network’s coverage on President Trump’s use of the ‘MOAB’ in Afghanistan.

    Eisa Ali, a journalist who has covered the war in Iraq for The Sunday Times, said the issue of civilian casualties “is bigger than just the U.S. regime and its double standards.” Ali, who currently works for Russia Today’s UK branch, argues that a larger concern is the degree to which the aforementioned double standard is enabled “by a so-called free and liberal media which harangues the current U. S. president on every topic except foreign policy.”

    Along with the airstrikes targeting Mosul, the U.S. bombed alleged Daesh positions in Afghanistan, an attack that was later described by former Afghan President Hamid Karzai as being “an immense atrocity against the Afghan people.”

    Ali contends that there continues to be a clear-cut discrepancy in the way that the media covers U.S. foreign policy compared to other countries, thereby allowing the U.S. government to continue unchallenged in its militarism. “Were it not for journalists at independent outlets and on social media, there would be even less coverage of civilians casualties of U.S. strikes than there currently is,” he said.

    “There is no moral equivalency between the United States of America, the greatest freedom-loving nation in the history of the world, and the murderous thugs that are in Putin’s defense of his cronyism.” These were the words of GOP Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

    The contention that the U.S. is uniquely good is one that goes back to, at the very least, Manifest Destiny – the 19th-century doctrine that was used to justify imperialist expansion and governance across North America. Settlers argued that the United States was destined, by God, to expand its territories and that they should rule over such territories.

    Arguably, the power of Manifest Destiny’s religious, nationalist sloganeering was compounded by the accompanying dehumanization of not only indigenous tribes, but all non-whites, including Mexicans, who were referred to as “a mongrel race,” according to Edward J. Escobar, Associate Professor in the Departments of Chicana and Chicano Studies and History at Arizona State University.

    The language politicians use today continues to evoke similar depictions of marginalized communities, especially those who reside in countries that are made to face the consequences of the global “war on terror.” The deaths of countless civilians abroad will continue while, as Musa S. put it, “no one bats an eye.”

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    • Utahlady

      “We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.” Golda Meir

      I believe these sad but true words apply to more than the fight between the Jews and the Arabs. I cried the first time I read this and I cry for all dead children because of the hatred. Should we stand back and let the hate take over ? Can we live with that?

    • James Wherry

      Perhaps MintPressNews is not familiar with Islamic law or Islamic legal theory?

      I’m a fan of Islamic international law and Islamic military law – what Muslims call “al-Siyar.” Today, it has lagged behind in human rights, but for 1,300 years, it was WAY ahead of the West.

      Perhaps one of the foremost legal scholars of al-Siyar was al-Shaybani who has been referred to as the Hugo Grotius of Islamic law. He wrote in the first century after the death of Muhammad and studied at the feet of the masters of one of the four Sun’ni legal schools. There’s a good English translation at: https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/content/islamic-law-nations.

      One of the questions he receives is this: “If the infidels capture Muslim children and shoot arrows at us from behind the children – using them as human shields – can we shoot back?”

      “Yes,” he replied, “But you must not aim at the children.”

      This is quite possibly the FIRST acknowledgement of the doctrine that would later come to be known in the west as “collateral casualties.” As I said, Islamic law was WAY ahead of its time – but to pretend that this is a western or American idea is absurd. And yes: over the past 1,400 years, ten’s of millions of innocent, unarmed civilians have died at the hands of Muslims who have believed that they had some sort of “Allah-given right” to take over the world.

    • James Wherry

      As opposed to the victims of Iran’s cruelty – including gay men murdered for being gay by the authorities?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG5uUSZm6KA

    • James Wherry

      Well, I sure wouldn’t want to live in a world run by the Iranian Mullahs.

      “Iran: Acid attack in Isfahan by organized gangs linked to the mullahs’ regime”
      10/20/2014
      https://www.mojahedin.org/newsen/31257/Iran-Acid-attack-in-Isfahan-by-organized-gangs-linked-to-the-mullahs%e2%80%99-regime https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ada46e36c3d5f95915a84133233964347025b6bf24b96154457147bb57a9d40d.jpg

    • James Wherry

      But why would Hezbollah EVER give up this war? It seems to be profiting handsomely from the war.

      “Hezbollah Is Using U.S.-Made Military Vehicles in Syria, Israel Says”
      By ISABEL KERSHNER and BEN HUBBARDDEC. 21, 2016
      https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/21/world/middleeast/hezbollah-us-made-apc-syria-lebanon.html?_r=0

      Gee. It’s as if the war was PLANNED BY IRAN to destroy the Sun’ni’s as a precursor to its war on Sa’udi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the other Gulf States. Yemen from the South and Syria and Iraq from the North. . .

      “Sunni activist says Iran behind ‘demographic change’ in Damascus”
      May. 12, 2015
      http://syriadirect.org/news/sunni-activist-says-iran-behind-%E2%80%98demographic-change%E2%80%99-in-damascus/

      “Comment: Iran’s displacement of Syrian Sunnis”
      By MOHAMMED RUZGAR
      October 12, 2015
      http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Comment-Irans-displacement-of-Syrian-Sunnis-423751

      “Shi’ites Establish Themselves in Sunni Mosque in Damascus”
      By Pinhas Inbari
      http://jcpa.org/shiites-establish-themselves-in-sunni-mosque-in-damascus/

      Apparently, it’s going on in Iraq, too:

      “Shi’ite Militias Accused of Destroying Sunni Mosques in Fallujah”
      Militia Officials Deny Involvement in Demolitions
      by Jason Ditz, July 10, 2016
      http://news.antiwar.com/2016/07/10/shiite-militias-accused-of-destroying-sunni-mosques-in-fallujah/

      Follow the money and you’ll see the result.

    • tapatio
      • James Wherry

        You constantly shill for al-Quaeda, ISIS, al-Shebaab and Boko Haram by condemning our attacks on them. You seem to forget the other victims in the equation.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb3bd0f477a03efba89c37d546226dd9429a9eb05ec8ce5f5ffceb1aca027b28.jpg

      • tapatio

        The greatest prerequisite in the war against ISIS (and AQ, Boko Haram, etc) is the recognition of EXACTLY who benefits from those terrorist organizations………..QUI BONO is the first question that MUST be asked in every criminal investigation.
        Yes, Al Qaeda’s claiming of 9/11 was true. Yes, ISIS’s claim to the Paris attacks was true. But, who employs those groups? Whose agenda do those terrorist monsters actually serve?

        As the aftermath of 9/11 so clearly demonstrated, the ONLY beneficiaries were those wishing to destabilize those Middle Eastern countries not already “allies” of the US and its banker masters.

        A couple of documents are very relevant to this discussion.

        First is a plan, written, in 1996, for Netanyahu’s reign as Emperor of Greater Israel. The writer is the pseudo-American Zionist fanatic, Richard Perle………

        http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1438.htm

        “………by establishing the precedent that Syrian territory is not immune to attacks emanating from Lebanon by Israeli proxy forces.”

        Next
        is a report A Report of The Project for the New American Century completed in
        September 2000………..

        http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf

        Compare actual events from 2001 to date to the plans outlined in this “report”. Please
        note, at the end of the report, the list of fanatical Zionists and their sycophants who are responsible for……

        “REBUILDING AMERICA’S DEFENSES Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century”

        Paul Wolfowitz

        William Kristol

        Alvin Bernstein

        Eliot Cohen

        David Epstein

        Donald Kagan

        Fred Kagan

        Robert Kagan

        Robert Killebrew

        Steve Rosen

        Gary Schmitt

        Abram Shulsky

        Dov Zakheim

        Understand that Zionism was a creation of the Rothschild banking family in the 1880s and has been incredibly successful, thanks to the corruptibility of British and American government officials and the installation of Islam’s most corrupt creatures as rulers of the Arabian Peninsula. This Saud family installed Wahhabism and “Sharia Law” as the state religion and “legal” system of the Arabian Peninsula.
        This radical Wahhabi cult sowed the seeds for the “religious” terrorists of Al Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram and other ultra-right Islamic groups. It was like making Jerry Falwell king of the United States.

        • tapatio

          JAMES WHERRY (whose gratuitous ad hominem drivel is below), THE REGULAR ZIONIST TROLL ON MINT PRESS, IS NOT CAPABLE (NOR COMPETENT) TO REFUTE WHAT I AND OTHER HUMANS SAY ABOUT THE CULT HE WORSHIPS.
          ALL WHERRY CAN DO IS MAKE INFANTILE AD HOMINEM ATTACKS BASED ON HIS COMPLETE LACK OF INFORMATION. HIS LITTLE GRAPHIC ARE ABOUT EQUAL TO THOSE OF MY NINE YEAR OLD GRANDSON.

          THE CREDIBILITY OF JAMES WHERRY A SELF-STYLED “CHRISTIAN” ZIONIST (How can any human claim to follow Christ and promote the crimes of Zionism?) TROLL IN THE EMPLOY OF ISRAEL CAN BE JUDGED FROM WHAT HE IS…………………………

          JAMES WHERRY WAS STUPID ENOUGH TO USE HIS NAME AND A PHOTO THAT COULD BE TRACED. TURNS OUT THAT HE IS……………..

          1 A SELF-STYLED “CHRISTIAN” ZIONIST. THESE, AH, PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT, ONCE ALL OF THE JEWS ARE GATHERED IN PALESTINE, SOMETHING CALLED “ARMAGEDDON” WILL HAPPEN AND ALL OF THE “CHRISTIAN” ZIONISTS WILL BE WHISKED UP TO HEAVEN WITH THEIR BODIES INTACT IN THE HOLY 0RGASM THEY CALL THE “RAPTURE”. NOBODY HAS EVER EXPLAINED TO THE OTHER 99% OF CHRISTIANITY HOW THESE FUNDAMENTALISTS WHACK-A-MOLES CAN BELIEVE THAT JESUS OR HIS DAD WOULD EVER SUPPORT SUCH FANTASIES OR THE CRIMES SUPPORTED BY PSEUDO-CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS.

          2) A MAJOR IN THE US ARMY FROM “CIVIL AFFAIRS”. BABY-BOOMERS MIGHT RECALL THAT “CIVIL AFFAIRS” WAS PROMINENT IN THE “PHOENIX PROGRAM” IN VIETNAM……..THOSE WONDERFUL FOLKS WHO TOLD THE VIETNAMESE PEOPLE, “LOVE AMERICA OR WE’LL NAPALM YOUR VILLAGE.” WHERRY HAS ALSO BRAGGED ABOUT HELPING TO TRAIN THE STATE TERRORISTS OF UGANDA.

          3) A “GAY” PREDATOR THAT BOUGHT A BOY FROM THE PHILIPPINE SLUMS TO USE AS HIS SXX TOY. PRESUMABLY, THIS BOY HAS PAPERS CLAIMING THAT HE IS OF AGE. BUT, HE COULD PASS FOR A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL KID AND YOU CAN HAVE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE MADE IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR $100..
          https://www.facebook.com/james.wherry.39

          http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29462263.html

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtrbvD22CEQ
          JAMES WHERRY
          6300 MILGEN RD, APT 1403
          COLUMBUS, GA 31907
          (Wherry claims to have moved from the above address)
          OR AT
          6450 Way Ave Bldg 2839 • Fort Benning, GA 31905

        • James Wherry

          I agree: follow the money and you’ll see why Iran is trying to take over the entire middle east through violence and terrorism. They are cashing in!

          “Sunni activist says Iran behind ‘demographic change’ in Damascus”
          May. 12, 2015
          http://syriadirect.org/news/sunni-activist-says-iran-behind-%E2%80%98demographic-change%E2%80%99-in-damascus/

          “Comment: Iran’s displacement of Syrian Sunnis”
          By MOHAMMED RUZGAR
          October 12, 2015
          http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Comment-Irans-displacement-of-Syrian-Sunnis-423751

          “Shi’ites Establish Themselves in Sunni Mosque in Damascus”
          By Pinhas Inbari
          http://jcpa.org/shiites-establish-themselves-in-sunni-mosque-in-damascus/

          Apparently, it’s going on in Iraq, too:

          “Shi’ite Militias Accused of Destroying Sunni Mosques in Fallujah”

          Militia Officials Deny Involvement in Demolitions
          by Jason Ditz, July 10, 2016
          http://news.antiwar.com/2016/07/10/shiite-militias-accused-of-destroying-sunni-mosques-in-fallujah/

          • tapatio

            ALL BUT ONE OF JAMES WHERRY’S LINKS ARE TO WELL KNOWN JEWISH OWNED/CONTROLLED PROPAGANDA FRONTS.

            BELOW IS PROOF THAT THE TERRORIST ATTACK ON SYRIA ORIGINATED WITH JEWS – ZIONISTS POSING AS AMERICANS.

            Global Warfare: “We’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran”
            http://www.globalresearch.ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166

            A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm (1996)
            http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1438.htm

            “Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq — an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right”

            AND

            Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century (2000)
            http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf

            “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor (9/11 – PERFECTION). Domestic politics and industrial policy will shape the pace and content of transformation as much as the requirements of current missions.” (p 63)

            AMERICA’S “RASPUTINS” RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANNING THE LAST 15 YEARS OF DEATH – JEWISH ZIONISTS ALL……………

            CLEAN BREAK

            Richard perle

            REBUILDING AMERICA’S DEFENSES

            Paul Wolfowitz
            William Kristol
            Alvin Bernstein
            Eliot Cohen
            David Epstein
            Donald Kagan
            Fred Kagan
            Robert Kagan
            Robert Killebrew
            Steve Rosen
            Gary Schmitt
            Abram Shulsky
            Dov Zakheim

            EVERY ONE OF THE TRAITORS LISTED ABOVE (except Robert Killebrew) IS A JEWISH DUAL ISRAELI/US CITIZEN – YET NEITHER THEY OR ANY OF THEIR ANCESTORS CAME FROM PALESTINE..

          • James Wherry

            Here: let me respond (again) to “tapatio’s” lies below, without disturbing his drunken stupor. To explain: “tapatio” hates Jews and wants them DEAD. He knows that the existence of the nation of Israel is an impediment to the destruction of the Jews, so this modern-day Haman HATES AMERICA and SHILLS FOR IRAN AND SYRIA. He lies to inspire hatred of America.

            The notion of “7 nations in 5 years” is a joke and a lie.

            His post shows that he is the FRAUD we have come to know him as. “tapatio’s” phony claims are non-sense. What “7 countries in 5 years?” It’s been 20+ years and it NEVER HAPPENED. I do agree that going after Syria is a GREAT idea for Israel – since Syria declared war on Israel in 1948 and never stopped and since Syria fights a proxy war against Israel using Hezbollah. Same for Iran. What of it?
            Blame Syria and Iran As to the rest of his phony list, here it is:

            Iraq – Saddam violated 17 U.N. resolutions on WMD and refused to budge. We warned him and then followed up with an invasion. We turned the country into a DEMOCRACY that is the lap dog of Tehran. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/11453242/Iran-is-taking-over-Iraq-and-Obama-must-put-boots-on-the-ground-against-Isil-warns-Saudi-Arabia.html;
            http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/08/16/us-officials-up-to-100000-iran-backed-fighters-now-in-iraq.html

            You’re welcome.

            Iran: Despite the fact that Iran ordered the murder of our own Marines in Beirut and despite the fact that they spent 2003-2011 murdering our service members in Iraq and Afghanistan, America warned Iran, but did not invade Iran or attack it. Our mistake.

            Somalia – didn’t even have a real government in 1996 or in 2001. We helped the Horn of Africa nations to form AMISOM and work to kick out al-Shebaab. TODAY Somalia has a real government – no thanks to your jihadist buddies. This is an “African
            Solution to an African Problem” and it MEANS NO U.S. TROOPS INVOLVED! Good answer. http://amisom-au.org/

            Sudan – And. . . ? Despite the Genocide by the Arab Muslims of the Sudan with the Janjaweed militias to the West and the South Sudanese to the south, no one is toppling
            the Government of the Sudan. https://www.hrw.org/africa/sudan

            Libya – Hey, Bush made peace with Mummar, when he gave up his chemical weapons. Blame Obama. Leftists are idiots. I agree, but there was no

            Lebanon – America helped end the war and monitor the peace. Your Hezzie buddies kidnapped and tortured to death Col. (USMC Ret.) William F. Higgins, while serving as a U.N. Peace Observer. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_R._Higgins

            In short, you hate the Jews so you hate America and so you lie about America. No surprises, there.

      • James Wherry

        You constantly shill for al-Quaeda, ISIS, al-Shebaab and Boko Haram by condemning our attacks on them. You seem to forget the other victims in the equation.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb3bd0f477a03efba89c37d546226dd9429a9eb05ec8ce5f5ffceb1aca027b28.jpg

    • tapatio

      Global Warfare: “We’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran”
      http://www.globalresearch.ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166

      A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm (1996)
      http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1438.htm

      “Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq — an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right”

      AND

      Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century (2000)
      http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf

      “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor (9/11 – PERFECTION). Domestic politics and industrial policy will shape the pace and content of transformation as much as the requirements of current missions.” (p 63)

      AMERICA’S “RASPUTINS” RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANNING THE LAST 15 YEARS OF DEATH – JEWISH ZIONISTS ALL……………

      CLEAN BREAK

      Richard perle

      REBUILDING AMERICA’S DEFENSES

      Paul Wolfowitz
      William Kristol
      Alvin Bernstein
      Eliot Cohen
      David Epstein
      Donald Kagan
      Fred Kagan
      Robert Kagan
      Robert Killebrew
      Steve Rosen
      Gary Schmitt
      Abram Shulsky
      Dov Zakheim

      EVERY ONE OF THE TRAITORS LISTED ABOVE (except Robert Killebrew) IS A JEWISH DUAL ISRAELI/US CITIZEN – YET NEITHER THEY OR ANY OF THEIR ANCESTORS CAME FROM PALESTINE..

      • James Wherry

        Your post shows that you are the FRAUD we have come to know you as. Your phony claims are non-sense. What “7 countries in 5 years?” It’s been 20+ years and it NEVER HAPPENED. I do agree that going after Syria is a GREAT idea for Israel – since Syria declared war on Israel in 1948 and never stopped and since Syria fights a proxy war against Israel using Hezbollah. Same for Iran. What of it? Blame Syria and Iran, Dipwad. As to the rest of your phony list, here it is:

        Iraq – Saddam violated 17 U.N. resolutions on WMD and refused to budge. We warned him and then followed up with an invasion. We turned the country into a DEMOCRACY that is the lap dog of Tehran. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/11453242/Iran-is-taking-over-Iraq-and-Obama-must-put-boots-on-the-ground-against-Isil-warns-Saudi-Arabia.html; http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/08/16/us-officials-up-to-100000-iran-backed-fighters-now-in-iraq.html You’re welcome.

        Iran: Despite the fact that Iran ordered the murder of our own Marines in Beirut and despite the fact that they spent 2003-2011 murdering our service members in Iraq and Afghanistan, America warned Iran, but did not invade Iran or attack it. Our mistake.

        Somalia – didn’t even have a real government in 1996 or in 2001. We helped the Horn of Africa nations to form AMISOM and work to kick out al-Shebaab. TODAY Somalia has a real government – no thanks to your jihadist buddies. This is an “African Solution to an African Problem” and it MEANS NO U.S. TROOPS INVOLVED! Good answer. http://amisom-au.org/

        Sudan – And. . . ? Despite the Genocide by the Arab Muslims of the Sudan with the Janjaweed militias to the West and the South Sudanese to the south, no one is toppling the Government of the Sudan. https://www.hrw.org/africa/sudan

        Libya – Hey, Bush made peace with Mummar, when he gave up his chemical weapons. Blame Obama. Leftists are idiots. I agree, but there was no

        Lebanon – America helped end the war and monitor the peace. Your Hezzie buddies kidnapped and tortured to death Col. (USMC Ret.) William F. Higgins, while serving as a U.N. Peace Observer. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_R._Higgins

        In short, you hate the Jews so you hate America and so you lie about America. No surprises, there.

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    • James Wherry

      Once again, MintPressNews shills for ISIS and al-Quaeda.

      I’d be just as happy to leave the Syrian government to take care of ISIS and al-Nusra, instead of wasting our time and money in Syria, but the groups keep trying to direct murder attacks in America and Europe.

      Apparently those victims aren’t humans to be protected in the eyes of MintPressNews’ staff.

      As to Iraq, “Mission Accomplished.” The Iraqi forces are engaged in house-to-house fighting in Mosul and have recaptured al-Anbar Province. We were successful there and the mission is over. They are welcome to the mopping up operations, since it does not require airstrikes – AND Iraq has its own air force, now. Iran can and likely IS taking the lead in the “Train and Advise” mission for the Iraqi Army and Iraq poses ZERO threat to the USA.

      • James Wherry

        Here’s a much better approach that IS being employed now in Iraq:

        “Iraqi forces using siege and stealth to evict Islamic State from Mosul”
        by Mohamed Mostafa Apr 25, 2017, 9:41 am
        http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/iraqi-forces-using-siege-stealth-evict-islamic-state-mosul/
        https://www.yahoo.com/news/iraqi-forces-using-siege-stealth-evict-islamic-state-062039017.html

      • Terry Lee

        I rarely post on public forums/comment sections of the articles I read, mainly because it’s difficult (and rare) to find anyone intelligent worth conversing with. Then there are the personal attacks and ongoing vendettas seemingly continuing without end………..as I have witnessed over the last few weeks in regards to yourself and Tapatio.
        I am not here to become involved in your dispute (frankly it doesn’t interest me), nor to judge you because of your sexuality (frankly, that doesn’t interest me either). I am here to hopefully engage in some good conversation, exchange ideas in a respectful way, and though I doubt my opinions on topics will change I’m hoping to gain insight, and learn from another’s perspective on things.

        My apologies for rambling James, I merely wanted to ensure you understood why I am here, and what I want to avoid before I get to make any points. I hope that’s OK, and that we can converse in an intelligent and respectful manner?

        Anyhow James, after reading your posts on various articles I have found there is much you say that I can agree with, but then there is just as much I would dispute/disagree with as well. This puts me in a place where I am not quite sure what it is you do/don’t believe in, or where you stand regarding certain issues.
        I am hoping that I may ask you a few questions to feel you out?

        I understand that you served in the military? Having served I would have presumed that you would be pro military, and while I have noticed that you are always respectful of them, there seem to be times when you support their involvement in other countries (such as Iraq), but decry it in others (Syria). Can I ask what your opinion is regarding the military as it stands now, and in what cases do you see US military involvement in other countries as justified?

        I also notice that you refer to others as being from the ‘left’, which I guess means you see yourself as more right leaning? I would have picked you for more of a liberal myself, although I admit that your sexuality played a hand in me coming to that conclusion. Just so I can get more of a handle on it, can I ask your position on immigration and abortion?

        I have also noticed that your posts seem to be mainly supportive of the US government and it’s agencies, and dismissive of what you to consider to be ‘conspiracy theories’ (7 countries in 7 years). Is it all supposed ‘conspiracies’ that you disagree with/have issue with, or just the one mentioned above?
        And finally could ask your opinion on what took place on 9/11? Was it simply hijacked planes that brought down the twin towers and hit the Pentagon…….or was there more to it all?

        I’m sorry for the long post, and it’s seemingly random questions and pointless observations, while I thank you if you have read this far and are thinking of responding to my questions. I’ve enjoyed reading some of your comments, and just wanted to ‘feel you out’ on a few topics to see where you stood (as I said I wasn’t sure). I hope that you will humour me and answer the above questions (and feel free to ask your own if you wish).
        I was a little worried about being seen as the enemy (by yourself or Tapatio), and wanted you to understand I’m not here to make enemies, just to enjoy spirited debate/conversation.

        I’ll leave the nasty stuff to yourself and your friend Tapatio:-).

        Take care and God bless.

        • James Wherry

          Go through the threads: I tend to post a comment on topic and “tapatio” jumps in with the personal attacks. It rarely happens otherwise.

          Conversations – even with people I disagree with – are usually had around issues. I do not know anyone personally on this website, so I cannot give or take offense.

        • James Wherry

          Terry, people like “tapatio” do push me to my own extremes, and that’s no help. Please permit me to spell out what I actually think about these various issues:

          1. I am a military isolationist. The term PROBABLY should be “non-interventionist.” I believe THAT is the TRUE conservative position that was our position for 100 years from the Mexican Civil War to WWI, WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam. The “neo-con’s” are simply trying warmed over “LIBERAL military inverventionsim” – the notion that you and I can make the world a better place “one war at a time.”

          Experience shows this is not true. Frankly, getting involved in other people’s civil wars is invariably a disaster for the USA and our own people. Yes, Gulf War I was a GREAT example of the world working together (for once) to stop an illegal invasion, and yes: I would act unilaterally to stop a Genocide like Rwanda or the use of WMD by any nation at all to include Israel, Syria, Pakistan, etc.

          2. I support the nation of Israel and its right to exist, but I also support the nation of Palestine and its right to exist, as well. Like the official American position, I support a two-state solution which will invariably involve the partition of Jerusalem and the evacuation of most of the West Bank by Jews – a virtual endorsement of the ethnic cleansing of Jews that happened in 1948. Israel is keeping the Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall and the Muslims are keeping the Mosque and the Dome. No avoiding those outcomes. I’d give Israel Rache’s Tomb, as well, since I’ve seen it from a short distance in Israel.

          3. Despite opposing “tapatio’s” unilateral condemnation of Sun’ni Muslim regimes, I have ZERO use for Wa’habi’ism. I simply regard it as no better or worse than the extremist Shi’ites of Iran’s ruling elite and Hezbollah in Lebanon. They are ugly groups, all around, and don’t give me much hope for Islam.

          BY CONTRAST I could worship at the feet of the Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani of Iraq. He is a “Quietest” of the Shi’ites who believes in a REAL separation of Mosque and State. He also worked with the Shi’ites and the Coalition to try and lessen the violence to both sides and UNDOUBTEDLY saved the lives of many, many Americans, and for that I will always be grateful.

          4. As a gay man married to another gay man (some days happily and other days less so, eh?), I am a social liberal and a fiscal and military conservative. I believe in a balanced budget through cuts in health, education, welfare – and defense. We could start by closing down numerous bases overseas and bringing home our troops – Korea would be a good start and then we could end the OCCUPATION of Japan, as well. Close Camp Darby, but keep Vicenza and the navy bases in Spain and Sicily. Dunno what to do about Germany since we’ve cut so much. Maybe close Baumholder and open up a joint training base in Poland that REMAINED a Polish navy base and then rotate National Guard and Active-duty troops through for training – but don’t make it an “American” base. Poland is NOT America.

          5. Please do reform student loans and various other programs the way that SEN Elizabeth Warren has recommended and please do amend the U.S. Constitution to put real limits on money in politics. (I have no money, so I don’t care!)

          Thank you for your questions, comments and for reading me rambling a bit, myself. All the best!

    • James Wherry

      But why would Hezbollah EVER give up this war? It seems to be profiting handsomely from the war.

      “Hezbollah Is Using U.S.-Made Military Vehicles in Syria, Israel Says”
      By ISABEL KERSHNER and BEN HUBBARDDEC. 21, 2016
      https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/21/world/middleeast/hezbollah-us-made-apc-syria-lebanon.html?_r=0

      Gee. It’s as if the war was PLANNED BY IRAN to destroy the Sun’ni’s as a precursor to its war on Sa’udi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the other Gulf States. Yemen from the South and Syria and Iraq from the North. . .

      “Sunni activist says Iran behind ‘demographic change’ in Damascus”
      May. 12, 2015
      http://syriadirect.org/news/sunni-activist-says-iran-behind-%E2%80%98demographic-change%E2%80%99-in-damascus/

      “Comment: Iran’s displacement of Syrian Sunnis”
      By MOHAMMED RUZGAR
      October 12, 2015
      http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Comment-Irans-displacement-of-Syrian-Sunnis-423751

      “Shi’ites Establish Themselves in Sunni Mosque in Damascus”
      By Pinhas Inbari
      http://jcpa.org/shiites-establish-themselves-in-sunni-mosque-in-damascus/

      Apparently, it’s going on in Iraq, too:

      “Shi’ite Militias Accused of Destroying Sunni Mosques in Fallujah”
      Militia Officials Deny Involvement in Demolitions
      by Jason Ditz, July 10, 2016
      http://news.antiwar.com/2016/07/10/shiite-militias-accused-of-destroying-sunni-mosques-in-fallujah/

      Follow the money and you’ll see the result.

    • tapatio

      Global Warfare: “We’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran”
      http://www.globalresearch.ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166

      A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm (1996)
      http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1438.htm

      “Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq — an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right”

      AND

      Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century (2000)
      http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf

      “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor (9/11 – PERFECTION). Domestic politics and industrial policy will shape the pace and content of transformation as much as the requirements of current missions.” (p 63)

      AMERICA’S “RASPUTINS” RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANNING THE LAST 15 YEARS OF DEATH – JEWISH ZIONISTS ALL……………

      CLEAN BREAK

      Richard perle

      REBUILDING AMERICA’S DEFENSES

      Paul Wolfowitz
      William Kristol
      Alvin Bernstein
      Eliot Cohen
      David Epstein
      Donald Kagan
      Fred Kagan
      Robert Kagan
      Robert Killebrew
      Steve Rosen
      Gary Schmitt
      Abram Shulsky
      Dov Zakheim

      EVERY ONE OF THE TRAITORS LISTED ABOVE (except Robert Killebrew) IS A JEWISH DUAL ISRAELI/US CITIZEN – YET NEITHER THEY OR ANY OF THEIR ANCESTORS CAME FROM PALESTINE..

      • tapatio

        JAMES WHERRY (whose gratuitous lies are below), THE REGULAR ZIONIST TROLL ON MINT PRESS, IS NOT CAPABLE (NOR COMPETENT) TO REFUTE WHAT I AND OTHER HUMANS SAY ABOUT THE CULT HE WORSHIPS.
        ALL WHERRY CAN DO IS MAKE INFANTILE AD HOMINEM ATTACKS BASED ON HIS COMPLETE LACK OF INFORMATION. HIS LITTLE GRAPHIC ARE ABOUT EQUAL TO THOSE OF MY NINE YEAR OLD GRANDSON.

        THE CREDIBILITY OF JAMES WHERRY A SELF-STYLED “CHRISTIAN” ZIONIST (How can any human claim to follow Christ and promote the crimes of Zionism?) TROLL IN THE EMPLOY OF ISRAEL CAN BE JUDGED FROM WHAT HE IS…………………………

        JAMES WHERRY WAS STUPID ENOUGH TO USE HIS NAME AND A PHOTO THAT COULD BE TRACED. TURNS OUT THAT HE IS……………..

        1 A SELF-STYLED “CHRISTIAN” ZIONIST. THESE, AH, PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT, ONCE ALL OF THE JEWS ARE GATHERED IN PALESTINE, SOMETHING CALLED “ARMAGEDDON” WILL HAPPEN AND ALL OF THE “CHRISTIAN” ZIONISTS WILL BE WHISKED UP TO HEAVEN WITH THEIR BODIES INTACT IN THE HOLY 0RGASM THEY CALL THE “RAPTURE”. NOBODY HAS EVER EXPLAINED TO THE OTHER 99% OF CHRISTIANITY HOW THESE FUNDAMENTALISTS WHACK-A-MOLES CAN BELIEVE THAT JESUS OR HIS DAD WOULD EVER SUPPORT SUCH FANTASIES OR THE CRIMES SUPPORTED BY PSEUDO-CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS.

        2) A MAJOR IN THE US ARMY FROM “CIVIL AFFAIRS”. BABY-BOOMERS MIGHT RECALL THAT “CIVIL AFFAIRS” WAS PROMINENT IN THE “PHOENIX PROGRAM” IN VIETNAM……..THOSE WONDERFUL FOLKS WHO TOLD THE VIETNAMESE PEOPLE, “LOVE AMERICA OR WE’LL NAPALM YOUR VILLAGE.” WHERRY HAS ALSO BRAGGED ABOUT HELPING TO TRAIN THE STATE TERRORISTS OF UGANDA.

        3) A “GAY” PREDATOR THAT BOUGHT A BOY FROM THE PHILIPPINE SLUMS TO USE AS HIS SXX TOY. PRESUMABLY, THIS BOY HAS PAPERS CLAIMING THAT HE IS OF AGE. BUT, HE COULD PASS FOR A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL KID AND YOU CAN HAVE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE MADE IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR $100..
        https://www.facebook.com/james.wherry.39

        http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29462263.html

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtrbvD22CEQ
        JAMES WHERRY
        6300 MILGEN RD, APT 1403
        COLUMBUS, GA 31907
        (Wherry claims to have moved from the above address)
        OR AT
        6450 Way Ave Bldg 2839 • Fort Benning, GA 31905

        • tapatio
        • bootin buddin

          tapatio. isn’t it about time for you to challenge james wherry to a duel. you can be aaron burr and he can be alexander hamilton. you are the traitor and he is the statesman. you would lose since you are a loser in life which has been documented many times on here.

          • tapatio

            LOL………..Hamilton was the minion of the Rothschilds, you A$$. Why don’t you go find out what Tel Aviv street corner your mama’s working?

            • TecumsehUnfaced

              What a dimwit that b.b. is! Lincoln ran a civil war without relying on debt provided by banksters… and got assassinated for it.

              • tapatio

                Yep, like all sociopaths, especially the 10-12 million of the Jewish flavor, he views humans as stupid. That’s why I KNOW that Zionism will be eradicated somehow.

                • James Wherry

                  You sound like your buddy. Jill Stein will be glad to know, I’m sure. Phony “Green Party” member.

                  https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e7283b550864256cea62d9e8df99ab479c359a81814586c8a1f27c2b9622e47f.jpg

                • TecumsehUnfaced

                  And they don’t learn. Whenever they suffer an expulsion or a pogrom in response, they re-group and do it again. Here’s the explanation. I passed you this before, didn’t I?

                  Note that the reservoir of evil seems to be the rabbis, who teach the sheep those parts of the Taludic doctrine they deem appropriate for the current time.

                  Yossi Gurvitz: When Israel Is Mighty
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSy6ENVAJlY

                  • tapatio

                    That’s why, in 2014, I stopped caring what the eradication of Judeo-Naz!sm does to the Jewish people/Judaism. So long as that cult exists, they will continue trying to dominate the world – to be the self-chosen “master race”.

                    • TecumsehUnfaced

                      The keepers of the Cult have been the rabbis, also the banksters (e.g. the Rothschild.) Maybe without them, the rest can be salvaged by trained deprogrammers.

                      • tapatio

                        The money changers/banksters own the rabbis. Somehow, I don’t think that deprogramming would work with 3-5 million obnoxious, mostly orthodox, Jews. While the non-Zionsts are somewhat better than Zionists, they are still nothing to brag about and about as mean as snakes.

                      • TecumsehUnfaced

                        On target! Thanks for the chuckle. I need every one I can get nowadays.

                      • tapatio

                        True dat!

          • bootin buddin

            exactly who do you want to be the world’s bankers. someone has to be. the rothchilds, jews and the west are greedy. but they keep the economy stabilized. the fact that you can purchase food is a direct result of that.

    • James Wherry

      Once again, MintPressNews shills for ISIS and al-Quaeda.

      I’d be just as happy to leave the Syrian government to take care of ISIS and al-Nusra, instead of wasting our time and money in Syria, but the groups keep trying to direct murder attacks in America and Europe.

      Apparently those victims aren’t humans to be protected in the eyes of MintPressNews’ staff.

      As to Iraq, “Mission Accomplished.” The Iraqi forces are engaged in house-to-house fighting in Mosul and have recaptured al-Anbar Province. We were successful there and the mission is over. They are welcome to the mopping up operations, since it does not require airstrikes – AND Iraq has its own air force, now. Iran can and likely IS taking the lead in the “Train and Advise” mission for the Iraqi Army and Iraq poses ZERO threat to the USA.