U.S. Dropped 23,144 Bombs on Muslim Countries in 2015 | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


U.S. Dropped 23,144 Bombs on Muslim Countries in 2015

Council of Foreign Relations resident skeptic Micah Zenko recently tallied up how many bombs the United States has dropped on other countries and the results are as depressing as one would think. Zenko figured that since Jan. 1, 2015, the U.S. has dropped around 23,144 bombs on Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, all countries that are majority Muslim.

The chart, provided by the generally pro-State Department think tank, puts in stark terms how much destruction the U.S. has leveled on other countries. Whether or not one thinks such bombing is justified, it’s a blunt illustration of how much raw damage the United States inflicts on the Muslim world:

It does not appear to be working either. Despite the fact that the U.S. dropped 947 bombs in Afghanistan in 2015, a recent analysis in Foreign Policy magazine found that the Taliban control more territory in Afghanistan than at any point since 2001. The U.S. has entered its 16th year of war in Afghanistan despite several promises by the Obama administration to withdraw. In October of last year, President Obama reversed his position and decided to keep American troops in Afghanistan until the end of 2017.

The last four U.S. presidents have bombed Iraq, and that includes the current one since airstrikes were launched on Aug. 7, 2014. The war against ISIS was originally framed as a “limited,” “humanitarian“ intervention. Since then, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has insisted it will be a “30-year war” and the White House has spoken vaguely of a “long-term effort” in both Iraq and Syria.

Another red flag Zenko noted was the complete lack of civilian deaths being tallied as a result of those 23,144 bombs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sick to my stomach, looking at those numbers.

As someone with a very clear recollection of the Vietnam War, the waste, the folly, and the moral darkness of the US government pursuing that war, with countless lives needlessly lost on both sides, I am, now at 66, an ardent Christian pacifist.

I believe in good faith negotiations to create a positive situation for all countries willing to engage in this process; unfortunately, my government continues to take the "slash, bomb, regime change, and burn" approach to geopolitics.

I would also observe that doing something the same way, over and over, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classical definitions of insanity.

And also unfortunately, there is a point at which there is an equal, and opposite force against such immoral behaviour.

The Hindus call it Karma; what goes around comes around; in Christianity, there is a statement by Jesus that "What you sew, you shall also reap".

Right now, geopolitically, the United States Government is reaping an industrial strength whirlwind of retribution against it, for the lousy choices it has made, and continues to make, and it will be We the People who will wind up paying for this, big-time.

People who know me understand that I am an optimist by nature, but looking at those numbers, optimism can be just a little hard to come by right now.

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