‘We did not expect the world to be silent’: US continuing to kill civilians with impunity | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


‘We did not expect the world to be silent’: US continuing to kill civilians with impunity

The Trump administration, which made promises to rein in Washington’s unnecessary wars, has not only expanded the US’ covert and lethal drone program, but has taken the covering up of its civilian death toll to a whole new level.
Like most of the battlefields opened more widely under the Obama administration, Donald Trump ramped up airstrikes against the infamous Al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia approximately two years ago. And, like most drone wars expanded under Obama and dramatically widened under Trump, the details of this covert assault are continuously swept under the rug, particularly when it comes to civilian casualties.

The Pentagon has openly said that its airstrikes in Somalia have killed zero civilians.

Yet, recently, an Amnesty International investigation into just five of the strikes carried out since March 2017 by both manned and unmanned reaper aircraft found that the strikes resulted in at least 14 civilian deaths, with instances of eight civilian injuries as well. In total, the US has carried out more than 100 strikes in Somalia since 2017.

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Amnesty has made it quite clear that the attacks have violated international humanitarian law, and may amount to war crimes (remember, they have only assessed five out of over 100 so far). Weirdly enough, the New York Times piece introducing this report failed to mention that last point, even when Amnesty mentioned it very early on in its release (though, that being said, the Times did slip a half-hearted attempt at adopting a moral and legal stance near the end of the article, noting that “critics have claimed” drone warfare “could also result in war crimes.”)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) why is it, in American National elections, the voting public gets its alleged "choice" between two evils, which means, you have no choice but voting for who you think is the lesser evil?

This is a real problem for voting, intelligent citizens who want to have their voices heard in DC, and get a better deal for themselves in terms of opportunities and work.

But by the time our Presidential candidates get vetted by the military industrial complex; major multinational corporations; and various civil and religious organizations, we can expect only one series of outcomes; more wars; more destruction of our infrastructure; more dumbing down of our kids with an "educational system" that fails its students; and more taxes which never come back to us in goods and services.

It doesn't matter who we vote for; the American deep state has always had its imperious sway, with both domestic and foreign policies.

Right now, I feel like I'm living in Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" (a marvellous metaphor for the state of far too many Americans in 2019), where lodging is ramshackle; no individual thinking is allowed; and torture is completely, and openly embraced by a dictatorship, as a way of keeping people "controlled."

And if you haven't seen it, please get "the Director's Cut; this is utterly brilliant.

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