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Aug 28

How to Make an Enemy

In Brief—A examination of American policy on assassinations and how they have served to make more enemies than they kill.


Hypocrisy Fosters Contempt—

drone w: multiple rocketsA wedding celebration turns into a scene of horror. If the attack were only one wedding celebration it could be claimed that it was a tragic mistake, but American policy has assured that this horror has happened more often in more than one Middle Eastern country. On each occasion, American missiles have blown innocent men, women and children to pieces. Hospitals are targeted, too.

The mistake by the celebrants was in gathering to celebrate a special occasion. The attacks by the American military transform a mistake into a cold report falsely claiming that hundreds of “The Enemy” (EKIA) were killed in the strike. The American government quietly pays blood money to relatives. Will dollars replace a loved one? Is it even remotely possible that the citizens of that country will feel benevolent toward the United States?

A Nation of Laws?—

Executive Orders 12333, 11905 and 12036 make it a crime to assassinate an individual unless that individual poses an “imminent threat” to the nation. International law, the Geneva Conventions and the U.N. Charter all state that a nation can use military force only in immediate self-defense. Despite this— and along with the Israeli government, the Obama administration is a leading practitioner—American officials say such killings are legal. Saying so doesn’t make it legal. That fits the definition of propaganda.

What follows are simply two high-profile examples of the American assassination policy. Imagine what this suggests about lower targets of the policy and the innocents who happen to be in the target zone. In fact, are the targets there by mistake?

Anwar al-Awlaki—

Anwar al-Awlaki, a dual American and Yemeni citizen who preached that America was the enemy, was assassinated by a drone missile on a remote road in Yemen. His 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman, was similarly assassinated two weeks later. The killings were authorized by President Obama who acted in disregard of the Due Process clause and the First Amendment of the Constitution. On a president’s say-so alone, a person can be killed. The “Rule of Law” is hollow rhetoric. That’s where America is today. What about tomorrow and the next president, or the next?

Because of the remote location, there appears to be evidence that Awlaki and his two companions could have been captured but were killed instead. It’s possible that they might have resisted, but capture was never even contemplated. The killing of Awlaki’s son was claimed to be a mistake, but it has never been explained. An illegal “mistake.”

Osama bin Laden—

The U.S. government has issued several different stories about the killing of Osama bin Laden suggesting that the government believes that smoke will work to obscure the truth. Put the varying stories together and the simplest answer appears to be that bin Laden was deliberately assassinated.

One of several versions put out by the government is that the Naval SEAL who assassinated bin Laden claimed that bin Laden was captured unarmed and offered no resistance, but he was nevertheless “tapped.” Indeed, we have never been shown bin Laden’s body. Again, the simplest answer appears to be that it was more convenient to kill bin Laden rather than try him and allow him to present a revealing defense.

Osama bin Laden, the founder of al-Queda, was America’s creature in opposing the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He and his mujahideen fighters were trained and financed by America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The CIA has denied this, but a variety of reliable sources confirm the story. One wouldn’t expect the agency to admit that they and the ever-duplicitous Saudis financed the mujahideen fighters. The Saudis, by the way, made a pact with the devil in promoting the extremist ultra-conservative Wahabbi form of Islam. Thus were born ISIS and the Taliban.

This snake pit of conflicting claims ignores the attitude by the United States government that the people of other countries—in this case Middle Easterners—are insignificant, that they are “The Other” who must dance to the American tune. They must die if needs be to maintain the belief that America is the savior of the world and entitled to whatever it wants.

Whether it is wedding parties or community meetings, the mere suspicion that they are terrorists is enough to warrant the death penalty. All those humans killed in this arrogant belief become “the enemy.” Makes no difference if the victims are a mistake, innocents, women or children, they are all “the enemy.” Seems America is in the business of creating enemies.

This is America. Are you willing to accept this?

2 comments

  1. Susan

    What can be done by myself? The killing machine is a huge force. How does one tackle it?
    Moving to Canada or Sweden in your case certainly can’t help?

    1. Don Bay

      First read Rosa Brooks’ book “How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything.” It will scare the socks off of you and underline the need for all of us to vocally oppose everything that the government (and that includes the military) does that violates the constitution. Mission creep by the military is part of the threat.

      Moving to another country merely lessens the impact but doesn’t change the fact that the U.S. is the biggest superpower in an increasingly complex world where even the concept of war is expanding every day. If it were just the U.S., that would be bad enough, but it’s other countries and individuals as well.

      We can’t turn back, but at least we have the power to limit it…at least for now.

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