Friday, July 22, 2016

US Wars Kill Way More Civilians Than Combatants

US Wars Kill Way More Civilians Than Combatants

by Stephen Lendman

America, NATO and Israel operate by the same standard. Civilian lives don’t matter. 

Defenseless men, women, children, the elderly and infirm are treated like combatants - indiscriminately or willfully slaughtered.

Post-9/11 alone, millions of civilians perished in US direct and proxy wars - either being in harm’s way, deliberately targeted or succumbing to war related violence, preventable diseases, starvation or deprivation.

French and US warplanes willfully slaughtering scores of Syrian civilians is the latest example - a horrendous war crime, one of many atrocities committed by America, its rogue allies and terrorist foot soldiers in waging naked aggression on a nation threatening no others.

When US officials say they’re investigating these incidents they’re lying. Whitewash follows every time.

America is history’s most monstrous rogue state, harming more tens of millions worldwide than any other over a longer duration. 

State Department spokesman admiral John Kirby embarrassed himself claiming “(n)o military, none, works as hard to prevent civilian casualties.”

“When it happens, we investigate it, report the findings, and we take lessons learned.” Over 240 years of endless “lessons” taught nothing.

Rogue states operate by their own rules, ignoring, whitewashing or blaming their high crimes on others. So-called collateral damage is code language for willful mass slaughter.

Attacks on civilian areas are cold, calculated crimes of war and against humanity. Noncombatants are killed willfully, not accidentally. 

The vast majority of US drone war deaths are civilians, very few so-called high-value targets eliminated.

Sociologist Emile Durkheim (1858 - 1917) once said “(t)he immorality of war depends entirely on the leaders who willed it.”

In his opening Nuremberg address, Justice Robert Jackson denounced “men who possess themselves of great power and make deliberative and concerted use of it to set in motion evils which leave no home in the world untouched.”

He called them “men of station and rank (who don't) soil (their) hands with blood.” They let “lesser folk” do their killing for them to enhance their status, privilege, wealth and power. 

Rules of engagement permit mass slaughter and destruction - in defiance of international, constitutional and US statute laws.

All US post-WW II wars were and continue to be illegal, immoral and unnecessary - pure evil to advance America’s imperium, millions of lost lives considered a small price to pay.

Bipartisan neocons in charge threaten world peace, stability and security. Their agenda reflects madness. Will America destroy planet earth in its megalomaniacal quest to own it?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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