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The US – when killing kids is OK

We do not yet have all the answers about this latest attempt, but those who would slaughter innocent men, women and children must know that the United States will more — do more than simply strengthen our defenses. We will continue to use every element of our national power to disrupt, to dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us, whether they are from Afghanistan or Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia, or anywhere where they are plotting attacks against the U.S. homeland.

– Barack Obama after the failed bombing attempt on Northwest Airlines. 

The day after the failed Christmas Day bombing,  US special forces, in the guise of assassinating Taliban fighters, attacked a den of ‘terrorists’ in Kunar Province in Afghanistan. They killed 8 school children and 2 other civilians, according to US puppet Hamid Karzai. The civilian death toll is likely to rise as the Afghan Government investigates.

Apparently it is OK to kill kids if you are the American ruling class.

However if you are a Nigerian radicalised by this sort of barbarity and wanting to return in a some little way what US imperialism does daily, by opting for the dead end path of individual terrorism against ordinary working people, you are a terrorist. 

Let’s be clear. The biggest terrorist by far is Barack Obama.  

He heads a military which US workers fund to the tune of $659 billion a year, a brutal machine that has killed 1 million Iraqi civilians, tens of thousands of Afghanis, and already hundreds in Pakistan and Yemen.

US imperialism cares nothing about kids.  They are dispensable in its quest to rule the world, and as a concomitant of that, to  keep the other main imperialist, China, in its place, second behind the US and complaint in some way to American capitalism. 

Copenhagen shows that this compliance strategy is a failure, which probably only means a greater and greater reliance on military means to subdue the growing military and political strength of China.

The problem is that US strength and stability depends in part on the continuing growth of China as an economic power.

The two imperialisms are locked in a dance of death.

The dead schoolkids in Kunar Province are the logical consquence of this chorus of killing.

Afghanistan is partly about the larger American strategy of encircling China with regimes friendly to the US and, as  needed, US troops.

Such is the degeneration of Obama as President that his hypocritical ‘killing kids’ comments could just as easily have come out of the mouth of George W Bush, or, with some minor modifications, Osama bin Laden.

Obama continues Bush’s military expansionism precisely to defend and extend the empire and reinforce its base – US capitalism. He commands a force ten thousand times stronger and more brutal than that of any of the islamists he condemns.

Instead of the Nobel Peace Prize Obama should be on trial in The Hague for his crimes.

The fact that he isn’t, and that he commands the most brutal killing machine in the world, destroying the lives and livelihood of hundreds of  millions across the globe, will continue to see some islamists attack ordinary working people in the West.

They don’t understand that the ruling classes of the West are the enemy of those people too.

To stop terrorism, the US should stop being a terrorist. 

It won’t. The logic of imperialism drives it to kill kids and to justify this as some sort of macabre defence of realm.

Only turning this upside down world right way up – democratic working class revolution  – can stop the murder of the innocents.

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Comments

Comment from Arjay
Time December 30, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Perhaps finally John you will view the evidence of the 911 lie. See Architects and Engineers for 911 truth.

http://www.ae911truth.org/

Comment from Robert Stewart
Time January 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Although “The American” has changed, this is a bit over the top John, you forgot to add Hiroshima. The soft complacency of the American Dream was sorely shaken by the treachery of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour that changed the character of America forever. No longer the generous, trusting, help everyone nation – more so now and with greater intensity as a result of the treachery repeated on 9/11. In some respects I suppose American foreign policy can be understood but not condoned. What pushed Japan to launch its SE Asia Co- Prosperity Plan by a military strike against an unsuspecting nation in the quiet of a Sunday morning might be considered similar to the US action in Iraq, which has cost the Bush Administration respect for the character of America built by Roosevelt – together with thousands of young lives. But now there is new and unconventional force hiding in the shadow of normality that cuts the throats of its victims and rejoices over the killing of innocents – who then blow themselves up in the process believing that they dwell forever in Paradise for having done so. Border protection is best at the border and not in someone else’s back yard for whatever reason. Vigilance, is a small price to pay for the freedoms that have been hard won for Australia but my love of country suggests that we should not be in another front yard to sustain those freedoms. Recent events clearly show that the enemy is already here

Comment from Robert Stewart
Time January 2, 2010 at 8:26 pm

…and the Taliban has claimed the latest blast from 200 kgs of explosives in the Pakistan sports arena which killed many children watching the game and demolished buildings nearby and buried some of the occupants including children. American propaganda I suppose John, about the children blown up, I mean.

Comment from Robert Stewart
Time January 2, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Ok for the Taliban to kill kids, John?

Comment from John
Time January 2, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Robert, if you had read my article you would know my answer to that. Attacking innocents is a dead end terrorist response to US terrorism. To understand is not to condone.