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Historian William Blum recently documented that, since 1945, the US has attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, has grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries and has dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 others.

Passage to Ecuador: Chomsky, Assange, sham justice, sham democracies. (via London Progressive Journal)

Iraq has been torn to pieces by sectarianism since the US invasion and occupation, Libya is in turmoil in the aftermath of NATO intervention, Pakistan is being destabilised and a proxy war is being stoked by the US and its allies in Syria.

Filed under: Not surprised.

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policymic:

Watch: What Syria’s war would look like here

What would it be like if the U.S. was war torn like Syria? A new video by international NGO Save the Children imagines just that, through the eyes of a young girl:

The disturbing video features shots of the girl as she goes about her normal life over the course of a year. The video begins and ends with the child celebrating her birthday. Between shots, we see how her life changes dramatically as war ravages her country.

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THIS IS SO IMPORTANT WHY DOES IT ONLY HAVE 32 NOTES

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Because so few serving in politics have worn their country’s uniform, they have collectively forgotten how to put country before party and self-interest. They have forgotten a ‘cause greater than self,’ and they have lost the knowledge of how to make compromises for the good of the country. Without a history of sacrifice and service, they’ve turned politics into war.

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, suggesting that we need to re-instate the draft because, as a country, we’ve lost our sense of self and sacrifice. “The costs would be huge,” he says. “But so would the benefits: overcoming growing social inequality without redistributing wealth; making future leaders, unlike today’s ‘chicken hawks,’ disinclined to send troops into combat without good reason; putting young Americans to work and giving them job and technology skills; and, above all, giving these young Americans a shared sense of patriotism and service to the country.”

Thoughts?

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Yeah, this is one of the worst ideas I’ve heard yet. It’s almost up there with the nonsense neo-reactionaries spew(for my followers, look them up. They’re worse then libertarians and ancaps and that’s saying something) The lack of a draft didn’t cause the toxic strain of self-interest in the world, neoliberalism and capitalism did.

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What I find in situations that involve violence, people who have experienced it, when given the option of subjecting other people to it or not, tend to actually want people to experience it. You find this in people who continue hazing traditions because “it happened to me, now it’s my turn,” or in people who were bullied who think bullying “toughened” them, or in people who served in war who think everyone should.

Also, his premise that unjust or unnecessary wars would end if the draft was reinstated ignores who’s in politics (rich people), who tended to be given cushy assignments rather than serving on the front lines (drafted rich people), and how unnecessary and unjust wars still occurred even though the draft was a thing (see: Korea, Vietnam).

Also, anyone who proposes ending economic inequality without redistribution of wealth has zero idea of how wealth works.

Yeah, this guy’s a dick.

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dangerhamster:

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS SCENE

OK, so this scene wasn’t originally scripted. RTD added it into the script based on Bernard Cribbins’ experience of the war.

Bernard Cribbins fought in World War Two

Bernard Cribbins never killed a man

And Bernard Cribbins is incredibly proud of that. 

AND IN THAT MOMENT I LOVED WILFRED MOTT’S CHARACTER EVEN MORE!!

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yourackdisciprine:

A bit of perspective on the sentencing of Chelsea Manning. 

If this doesn’t get a million notes, all you social-justice bloggers need to leave the fucking internet.

Humans suck

A bit of perspective on the sentencing of Chelsea Manning.

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During World War One, 10% of all casualties were civilians.

During World War Two, the number of civilian deaths rose to 50%.

During the Vietnam War, 70% of all casualties were civilians.

In the war in Iraq, civilians account for up to 90% of all deaths.

The War You Don’t See by John Pilger (via feminist-fuel)

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We found the weapons of mass destruction.
To kill one man is to be guilty of a capital crime, to kill ten men is to increase the guilt ten-fold, to kill a hundred men is to increase it a hundred-fold. This the rulers of the earth all recognize, and yet when it comes to the greatest crime—waging war on another state—they praise it! …

If a man on seeing a little black were to say it is black, but on seeing a lot of black were to say it is white, it would be clear that such a man could not distinguish black and white…. So those who recognize a small crime as such, but do not recognize the wickedness of the greatest crime of all—the waging of war on another state—but actually praise it—cannot distinguish right and wrong.
Mozi, Chinese philosopher, 5th century BCE (via theperplexedobserver)

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I’ve seen this on my news feed on facebook about twenty to thirty times now. I absolutely hate this photo.
This man is Ty Ziegel, and the woman beside him Renee Kline. They were sweethearts when he went off to war as a Marine. In 2004, however, a bomb/blast removed part of his skull, damaged part of his brain, left half of his left arm needing to be amputated, and blew off several of the fingers of his right hand. He can’t see from one of his eyes. After two years of surgeries and recovery, Ty and Renee were married in October 2006. A year and a half later, she divorced him.
What irks me the most, is look at this photo. This isn’t a woman in love. She looks mortified, on what should be the happiest day of her life. She looks like she’s at a funeral, not her wedding. She looks unhappy. In this whole picture, you can tell she’s not happy.
But, that bitch! She left him!
Let me tell you what all of this physical damage means for him. He has brain damage, so he’s not fully functioning (it’s fair to say; I don’t know what level his brain is working at). He now has physical problems, and likely pain. Let me tell you what his mental state is. He’s not fully functioning mentally. He has severe PTSD from war and from the explosion. He probably saw a lot of men die. He’s  also dealing with the harsh reality of his face. He’s treated differently now… He’s treated special, not like a normal person. He’s dealing with the loss of a part of him, his physical features, his identity. He’s dealing with the fact that he may never function as a solid member of society again.
All of this means that he is not the Ty that went to war. Other soldiers who aren’t physically injured still have issues with PTSD. He’s got that on top of his physical injuries.
His behavior was so outrageous because of his PTSD that she couldn’t handle being with him anymore. All articles I’ve read are vague on this, but one mentioned it prevented him from having sex. It’s likely loud noises are triggering, smells, scenes in movies of explosions, talking about it…. Maybe when she touched him in the morning to wake him up, he would react physically and punch her in the face, or slap her, or grab her throat, because he though she was a threat. We don’t know.
But the major reason she left him was the PTSD. It wasn’t his face. It was the psychological damage from war.
In her case, she gave up years of her life for him. But she can’t raise a family with him, not if he can’t have sex, or is violent. She can’t support the family mostly on her own. And she shouldn’t have to put herself through the emotional and mental turmoil of living with a man who isn’t functioning and is not mentally stable. She shouldn’t. She may love him, but she’s still number one to her, and her health and safety aren’t something she should sacrifice at his hands. She shouldn’t be painted as a bitch for leaving him.
She stated she feels she can better support and help him as a friend, not as a wife, and I fully believe that.
I hope Renee can find peace and happiness in her life, and I hope Ty can find and enjoy what makes him happy and live as normal of a life as possible. I hope they both find love again.

essscaaapaaades:

I’ve seen this on my news feed on facebook about twenty to thirty times now. I absolutely hate this photo.

This man is Ty Ziegel, and the woman beside him Renee Kline. They were sweethearts when he went off to war as a Marine. In 2004, however, a bomb/blast removed part of his skull, damaged part of his brain, left half of his left arm needing to be amputated, and blew off several of the fingers of his right hand. He can’t see from one of his eyes. After two years of surgeries and recovery, Ty and Renee were married in October 2006. A year and a half later, she divorced him.

What irks me the most, is look at this photo. This isn’t a woman in love. She looks mortified, on what should be the happiest day of her life. She looks like she’s at a funeral, not her wedding. She looks unhappy. In this whole picture, you can tell she’s not happy.

But, that bitch! She left him!

Let me tell you what all of this physical damage means for him. He has brain damage, so he’s not fully functioning (it’s fair to say; I don’t know what level his brain is working at). He now has physical problems, and likely pain. 
Let me tell you what his mental state is. He’s not fully functioning mentally. He has severe PTSD from war and from the explosion. He probably saw a lot of men die. He’s  also dealing with the harsh reality of his face. He’s treated differently now… He’s treated special, not like a normal person. He’s dealing with the loss of a part of him, his physical features, his identity. He’s dealing with the fact that he may never function as a solid member of society again.

All of this means that he is not the Ty that went to war. Other soldiers who aren’t physically injured still have issues with PTSD. He’s got that on top of his physical injuries.

His behavior was so outrageous because of his PTSD that she couldn’t handle being with him anymore. All articles I’ve read are vague on this, but one mentioned it prevented him from having sex. It’s likely loud noises are triggering, smells, scenes in movies of explosions, talking about it…. Maybe when she touched him in the morning to wake him up, he would react physically and punch her in the face, or slap her, or grab her throat, because he though she was a threat. We don’t know.

But the major reason she left him was the PTSD. It wasn’t his face. It was the psychological damage from war.

In her case, she gave up years of her life for him. But she can’t raise a family with him, not if he can’t have sex, or is violent. She can’t support the family mostly on her own. And she shouldn’t have to put herself through the emotional and mental turmoil of living with a man who isn’t functioning and is not mentally stable. She shouldn’t. She may love him, but she’s still number one to her, and her health and safety aren’t something she should sacrifice at his hands. She shouldn’t be painted as a bitch for leaving him.

She stated she feels she can better support and help him as a friend, not as a wife, and I fully believe that.

I hope Renee can find peace and happiness in her life, and I hope Ty can find and enjoy what makes him happy and live as normal of a life as possible. I hope they both find love again.

If anything, women have shown in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that they are not only fully capable; they have excelled. They have saved many men’s lives. And it did not damage unit cohesion. And if Rick Santorum doesn’t believe that, then he can volunteer, enlist, put on a uniform, and put his butt on the line and try it himself. He’s playing politics. He is saying something inflammatory because he thinks he’s going to get a certain population to give him money, and it’s a shame because America’s daughters are just as capable of doing their jobs as America’s sons, whether that’s at home as doctors and attorneys or in combat as convoy commanders. This is the 21st century. Get over yourself.

Tammy Duckworth (Iraq war vet, Congressional candidate, double amputee, former Black Hawk pilot) is her amazing self in an interview with The American Prospect. (via thepoliticalnotebook)

I wouldn’t put a lot of stock in Santorum’s opinions on combat, considering he’s never been in combat. It’s kinda like how he thinks John McCain doesn’t know anything about torture. But we’re supposed to make some sort of leap of faith and believe that Rick fucking Santorum would know his ass from his elbow in these matters.

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I wish our districts hadn’t been redrawn so I could vote for her.

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Well, according to Wikipedia, she won, so FUCK YEAH.

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picturesofwar:

This day in history:
President George W. Bush announces the commencement of military operations within Iraq, and thus, the beginning of the Iraq war.
March 19, 2003 - 9 years ago today.

Horrible day in history.

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what happens when your presidential administration lies.

I want to show this post to all the people I know that say that Obama is a worse President than Bush.
I’m serious, I have friends that actually believe that.

As Bush is the only president I remember besides Obama (I was too young to remember Clinton), I can safely say that, yes, Bush was worse than Obama. Seriously, who thinks that?

socialistexan:

mohandasgandhi:

daisysnotebook:

picturesofwar:

This day in history:

President George W. Bush announces the commencement of military operations within Iraq, and thus, the beginning of the Iraq war.

March 19, 2003 - 9 years ago today.

Horrible day in history.

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what happens when your presidential administration lies.

I want to show this post to all the people I know that say that Obama is a worse President than Bush.

I’m serious, I have friends that actually believe that.

As Bush is the only president I remember besides Obama (I was too young to remember Clinton), I can safely say that, yes, Bush was worse than Obama. Seriously, who thinks that?

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picturesofwar:

This day in history:
Between 250 and 500 (a definitive number is unknown) innocent Vietnamese villagers, consisting mostly of elderly men, women and children, are killed and their village is destroyed in what is later known as the “My Lai Massacre.”  The incident is covered up by high-ranking military officers and not reported to the public until an investigative journalist catches wind of the story more than a year and a half later.
The massacre itself was finally put to an end after American helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson landed between a group of soldiers and villagers, threatening to shoot his fellow soldiers should they have continued.
The photo above shows one group of villagers seconds before they were killed.
March 16, 1968 - 44 years ago today.

I did not know about Hugh Thompson. That man is awesome.

picturesofwar:

This day in history:

Between 250 and 500 (a definitive number is unknown) innocent Vietnamese villagers, consisting mostly of elderly men, women and children, are killed and their village is destroyed in what is later known as the “My Lai Massacre.”  The incident is covered up by high-ranking military officers and not reported to the public until an investigative journalist catches wind of the story more than a year and a half later.

The massacre itself was finally put to an end after American helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson landed between a group of soldiers and villagers, threatening to shoot his fellow soldiers should they have continued.

The photo above shows one group of villagers seconds before they were killed.

March 16, 1968 - 44 years ago today.

I did not know about Hugh Thompson. That man is awesome.

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philosophy-of-praxis:

zedweiller:

stayingunderground:

“We came, We saw, We destroyed, We forgot” by William Blum

An updated summary of the charming record of US foreign policy. Since the end of the Second World War, the United States of America has …

1. Attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, most of which were democratically-elected.
2. Attempted to suppress a populist or nationalist movement in 20 countries.
3. Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries.
4. Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries.
5. Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.

In total: Since 1945, the United States has carried out one or more of the above actions, on one or more occasions, in the following 69 countries (more than one-third of the countries of the world):

If you’re American and aren’t aware of why your government isn’t popular with the rest of the world here is why!

and remember, it’s not “we”. it’s not “us”. it is our capitalist government.

Pax Americana, an empire without borders.

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grizzyblanco:

WOW , these pictures really say a lot.

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