We actually need to conduct studies so that people might understand how regularly bombing a populace with unseen and unmanned sky machines causes a sense of pervasive dread and terror.
Because where we once had heart and consciousness and conscience, we now have Empire.
There have been some news items about the suburban offices where drone pilots work from and how they are supposed to be all de-sensitized but they actually get severe PTSD from ‘going to the office’ and massacring ppl.
http://livingunderdrones.org/report/ <—- report on the on-the-ground impact of living under drones
Actually drone attacks have not caused a huge number of civilian casualties. For the most part they have been very precise, precision strikes against the al-Qaeda
Obama ran in the proud American tradition of reformers taking office when wartime excesses threatened to permanently change the nature of the country. But instead of ending those excesses, protecting civil liberties, rolling back executive power, and reasserting core American values, Obama acted contrary to his mandate. The particulars of his actions are disqualifying in themselves. But taken together, they put us on a course where policies Democrats once viewed as radical post-9/11 excesses are made permanent parts of American life.
i keep seeing ppl yelling at non-americans for voicing their opinion on their election and being all “you’re not american, it doesn’t even affect you”
and lmao if you’re naive enough to think that what america does doesn’t affect other countries
I am neither American nor do I live in the US but I have a lot at stake in this election, well like pretty much anyone living on planet.
From my point of view, Romney or Obama, the outcome will be the EXACT SAME!! Obama, in term of foreign politics is just as disgusting and nasty as Bush was!!
Everyone knows that had it been Bush dumping drones on innocent people and ‘providing military support’ *cough* *cough*, Obama’s partisans would have jumped on the occasion to exploit it and lambast Bush just like they reported at length about the victims of the war in Iraq and the chaos in Afghanistan. Yet now, they are totally silent on the drone massacres. And we all know that to remain silent in regards to such thing is to support it!! Non-western POC lives are mere rhetorical tools used in the huge spinning machine of American politics that aims to either present politicians as nice family guys to which puritanical America can relate or demonise them.
There is little room for principles, nuance or even reason!! It is all about fandom, propaganda, manipulation of the masses and staunch and fervent partisanship of people independently of all the evil deeds or amoral acts they may commit or take part into! And yep, I am perfectly aware that some minority groups in America have interests in Obama being re-elected but we should stop pretending that him in power means more instability around the world hence more minorities and oppressed populations being at risk too!!
At this point, I feel sickened every time I see those fangirl-like posts on Obama and Michelle and the kids and every one goes , ‘d’awwww’. Because this is exactly what spin doctors aim for, to make us worry about the superficial while what matters most is being swept under the carpet. Families are being destroyed all over Africa, the middle East and South East Asia because of his murderous policies.
Dear Obama, your family looks nice, but because of you, parents are losing their children and children are losing their parents, so nope, there is nothing cute in all of this! The impunity, injustice and violence spread by your government, lead to hopelessness which motivates horrific acts of violence in retaliation. You got the Nobel Peace Prize shortly after being elected, because YOU sold yourself as the anti-Bush, YOU did present yourself as the guy who would put an end to this chaos and not feed it! We were too desperate to realise that just like all the sharks who get you job , you are a also a conniving dreamseller.
[…] No minimally decent human being would choose to have anything whatsoever to do with a government which systematically engages in acts of this kind. This is true of anyone who is part of the national governing apparatus, or wishes to be. It is most especially true of anyone who wishes to become president. Even if a person declares his or her absolute commitment to ending all of this, it is impossible for one person to do it. The massive bureaucracy of death which carries out these acts was erected over decades; all such bureaucratic monstrosities take on lives of their own. It will not be dismantled by a single individual overnight, or even in a matter of months or probably years. That means the murders will go on.
It may be that at some point this machinery of death will be brought down comparatively quickly. If that happens, it will not be the result of one person’s actions, but of calamitous events on a momentous scale: widening war, catastrophic natural disasters, widespread financial collapse, and/or massive social unrest and violence. In the meantime, a reverence for life demands that we see the Death State exactly for what it is — and walk away to the fullest extent we can.
That is not the course Barack Obama chose. He wanted to be, he now is the Murderer-in-Chief. He is proud of his achievement.
This will be up on the #politics tag in minutes.
Obama is not a hero and definitively not a man of change! He got elected on that and got a Nobel Peace Prize for it!!
Yet he would rather phone a white woman who got call a slut than phone Troy Davis’s family. He brought no change to race relations, and yes I know that his margin of action in this respect is quite limited but there are VERY VERY BASIC things he could have done that he didn’t. He is more a politician - and this is not a compliment - than a man of value, more concerned about power than anything else!
I am more than fucking repulsed with the story-telling his campaign crew is trying to fucking shove down our throats. This man approves of drones and just for that I will put him up there in term of horror with George Bush!!
Drones are to today what concentration camps were to the last century: A step further into mass and inhumane destruction brought by science i.e. the ultimate sophistication of cruelty. This is what he will be remembered for. What will the next generation say and think about the total inertia of the plebe more concerned about how Michelle and him are cute and how well he can sing Al Green than about the horrific crimes against humanity committed on their behalf he has approved??
I am disappointed and disgusted!!
I will say I do not agree with putting a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr with the caption I have a Dream, and President Obama with the caption I have a drone as I find it disrespectful to Black people both in America and overseas who have a very complicated relationship with President Obama while completely condemning his Presidency. What he represents as the first Black President of the U.S and who he actually is are not the same thing and I find that distinction not being made when people like to discuss why Black people have a much different relationship with him than any other group. I know growing up Dr. Martin was a huge influence to President Obama as a young Black child in America and was an influence that motivated him to achieve success that would lead to his current position. I don’t agree with throwing in President Obama’s face that he will never be like Dr.Martin or that Dr.Martin would think low of him today. These are some things I have seen written on my dash by multiple bloggers. Dr.Martin helped fight for the future generation of Black people to be acknowledged as human beings and that includes President Obama despite the fact that he doesn’t seem to have the same values today. I think it can be hurtful to have Dr.Martin’s legacy held over your head nor should that be expected of anyone even if they do look up to such a figure. I think that can be said in a calm and polite manner without abuse and harassment toward Mehreen who is just the sweetest. I have all the respect for her. I think these discussions can be held without the leftist community making a mockery as usual with their ‘if you breath you are like anti-Black on Tumblr’.
This is why I usually try my best to stay out of this debate. People started to threaten and insult her family and throw islamophobic abuse at her and countless others. It always end up like this on this site and crucial points on very complex issues are missed !! It always has to get nasty.
This climate of fear and bullying seriously disgust me!!
As for the leftist community on Tumblr … No comment!
The Republican Party, Dead at 158
One of the two principal political factions of the modern United States, the Republican Party died Monday afternoon. The cause was apparent suicide following a long decline in cognition, memory, and grasp of reality.
Born in 1854 among slavery abolitionists, the Republican Party became known for espousing self-reliance, efficient government, and emancipation. With an impressive ability to evolve, it overcame the Teapot Dome scandal, the Iran-contra hearings, and Senator Larry Craig’s visits to airport bathrooms. But the party had become increasingly unstable in recent years as a latent religio-nativist-moronism, apparently contracted in the Arizona desert decades ago, began to spread to vital organs.
The end came in a final spasm of self-loathing following a bout of super-PAC advertising before the Texas primary. There are no survivors. ~ A.J. Jacobs (Esquire)
I wish this was true :-(