US Kills 35 Women and Children in the Yemen 41

I remain grateful to emptywheel for the perception that the US defence of the Israeli killings is of a piece with its own claim to the right to murder anybody, anytime, anywhere.

This is starkly illustrated by the news that the US killed 35 women and children in a cluster bomb attack on the Yemen.

This policy is the apogee of what I named in “The Catholic Orangemen of Togo” the “Good Guy, Bad Guy” school of foreign policy analysis. In this view, conflicts are not born out of competition for resources or present or historical injustices, but simply by evil “bad guys”. Eliminate them, and the conflict goes away.

The tragedy is, of course, that the continued US massacre of civilians by these “targeted” attacks in Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere will only make conflict more bitter, intense and of course longer. But then, that is good news if you are an arms manufacturer, mercenary, part of the security apparatus or a right wing politician. All of those people’s access to funds, resources and power is increased by continuing conflict.

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41 thoughts on “US Kills 35 Women and Children in the Yemen

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  • Arsalan

    Posted by: me in us at June 7, 2010 7:34 PM

    Have you noticed these Zionists who shout and scream over anyone denying what they suffered at the hands of Nazi German are the first ones to deny what others suffer at their own hands.

  • me in us

    Reply to Arsalan:

    Not just Israel, US too.

    Huffington Post had a kind of contest a couple years back in the Bush years, can’t find it now, but they were collecting all the catch phrases that the Bush administration had been using in its war on terror, and people just kept coming up with more and more and more of the same crap, like “smart bomb” and “surgical strike” and “fight them there so we won’t have to fight them here” — really there were so many — and HuffPo’s plan was to take them all and make a giant poster that would go on the side of a building. And as the list mounted you got to think that the only buildings in the world tall enough for that poster would have been the World Trade Center.

    It’s weird, horse-cart/cart-horse, egg-chicken/chicken-egg wise — Israel makes the Nazis look, well, prescient? not so bad?; and the War on Terror makes the terrorists look reasonable/justified? too.

    So I just don’t trust anyone or any government that says “I am holier than thou, and I am justified when I kill and oppress you.” Would so much rather see a THIS kind of holy war: “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Can you imagine all the nations feverishly trying to make up an education gap? A home gap? A healthy-food gap? I dream!

  • Ishmael

    We should have organised protests outside their “Nazi” embassy in the UK. The United States – The New Master race…I wish i was joking. How do they get away with it. It is barbaric and creates hate where it did not exist before.

  • Seb

    For Clark and Suhayl here are some second thoughts on israel being used i.e. controlled by US. Also on truth of this divide and rule suggestion if you’re intersted.

    Not a sufficient source but I have a little penguin by Storrs, civil governor of Jerusalem and Judaea just after the first world war. Get the rough idea that the Ottoman empire sided with Germany, was defeated with the help of Arabs encouraged by ideas ofindependance. Territories formerly administered by Turkey had to have some government so wre divided and kings created.

    There seems no mention of setting Arab against Arab, indeed rather the reverse, an encouragement for Arab unity.

    What does come through from the book is apicture of a gradual succumbing to well funded, well connected, well organized ruthless and relentless Zionist pressure.

    I suppose Larry is a very mild and petty example.

  • Seb

    Enjoy all the comments, but just to round off my present line of thought–

    Does’nt israel rather serve to uniteIslamic countries?

    What zionism seems to do nowadays is influence US UK EU multinationals to think that mid east oil can only be obtained by destroying opposition to israel.

    Whereas in fact countries like Iraq and Iran are always pleased to sell their natural resources for fair price.

    Iran offers oil extraction concessions. Why do Total etc, not take them up?

  • Conrad

    The illuminati at work. Google William Guy Carr(Commander in the Canadian Armed Forces) and Pawns in the Game and you will understand what is going on.

  • Jon

    @AbeBird – you are welcome to support Israel, despite the flimsy nature of the various supporting arguments we’ve heard recently. But an openly propagandistic site of that kind does your cause no good at all, I would have thought.

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