If America Wasn't America, The United States Would Be Bombing It | Zero Hedge
Authored by Darius Shahtahmasebi via The Anti Media,
On January 8, 2018, former government advisor Edward Luttwak wrote an opinion piece for Foreign Policy titled “It’s Time to Bomb North Korea.”
Luttwak’s thesis is relatively straightforward. There is a government out there that may very soon acquire nuclear-weapons capabilities, and this country cannot be trusted to responsibly handle such a stockpile. The responsibility to protect the world from a rogue nation cannot be argued with, and we understandably have a duty to ensure the future of humanity.
However, there is one rogue nation that continues to hold the world ransom with its nuclear weapons supply. It is decimating non-compliant states left, right, and center. This country must be stopped dead in its tracks before anyone turns to the issue of North Korea.
In August of 1945, this rogue nation dropped two atomic bombs on civilian targets, not military targets, completely obliterating between 135,000 and 300,000 Japanese civilians in just these two acts alone. Prior to this event, this country killed even more civilians in the infamous firebombing of Tokyo and other areas of Japan, dropping close to 500,000 cylinders of napalm and petroleum jelly on some of Japan’s most densely populated areas.
Recently, historians have become more open to the possibility that dropping the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not actually necessary to end World War II. This has also been confirmed by those who actually took part in it. As the Nation explained:
“Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, stated in a public address at the Washington Monument two months after the bombings that ‘the atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military standpoint, in the defeat of Japan…’ Adm. William “Bull” Halsey Jr., Commander of the US Third Fleet, stated publicly in 1946 that ‘the first atomic bomb was an unnecessary experiment…. It was a mistake to ever drop it…. [the scientists] had this toy and they wanted to try it out, so they dropped it…” [emphasis added]
A few months’ prior, this rogue country’s invasion of the Japanese island of Okinawa also claimed at least one quarter of Okinawa’s population. The Okinawan people have been protesting this country’s military presence ever since. The most recent ongoing protest has lasted well over 5,000 days in a row.
This nation’s bloodlust continued well after the end of World War II. Barely half a decade later, this country bombed North Korea into complete oblivion, destroying over 8,700 factories, 5,000 schools, 1,000 hospitals, 600,000 homes, and eventually killing off as much as 20 percent of the country’s population. As the Asia Pacific Journal has noted, the assaulting country dropped so many bombs that they eventually ran out of targets to hit, turning to bomb the irrigation systems, instead:
“By the fall of 1952, there were no effective targets left for US planes to hit. Every significant town, city and industrial area in North Korea had already been bombed. In the spring of 1953, the Air Force targeted irrigation dams on the Yalu River, both to destroy the North Korean rice crop and to pressure the Chinese, who would have to supply more food aid to the North. Five reservoirs were hit, flooding thousands of acres of farmland, inundating whole towns and laying waste to the essential food source for millions of North Koreans.” [emphasis added]
This was just the beginning. Having successfully destroyed the future North Korean state, this country moved on to the rest of East Asia and Indo-China, too. As Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi has explained:
“We [this loose cannon of a nation] dumped 20 million gallons of toxic herbicide on Vietnam from the air, just to make the shooting easier without all those trees, an insane plan to win ‘hearts and minds’ that has left about a million still disabled from defects and disease – including about 100,000 children, even decades later, little kids with misshapen heads, webbed hands and fused eyelids writhing on cots, our real American legacy, well out of view, of course.”
This mass murder led to the deaths of between 1.5 million and 3.8 million people, according to the Washington Post. More bombs were dropped on Vietnam than were unleashed during the entire conflict in World War II. While this was going on, this same country was also secretly bombing Laos and Cambodia, too, where there are over 80 million unexploded bombs still killing people to this day.
This country also decided to bomb Yugoslavia, Panama, and Grenada before invading Iraq in the early 1990s. Having successfully bombed Iraqi infrastructure, this country then punished Iraq’s entire civilian population with brutal sanctions. At the time, the U.N. estimated that approximately 1.7 million Iraqis had died as a result, including 500,000 to 600,000 children. Some years later, a prominent medical journal attempted to absolve the cause of this infamous history by refuting the statistics involved despite the fact that, when interviewed during the sanctions-era, Bill Clinton’s secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, intimated that to this rogue government, the deaths of half a million children were “worth it” as the “price” Iraq needed to pay. In other words, whether half a million children died or not was irrelevant to this bloodthirsty nation, which barely blinked while carrying out this murderous policy.
This almighty superpower then invaded Iraq again in 2003 and plunged the entire region into chaos. At the end of May 2017, the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) released a study concluding that the death toll from this violent nation’s 2003 invasion of Iraq had led to over one million deaths and that at least one-third of them were caused directly by the invading force.
Not to mention this country also invaded Afghanistan prior to the invasion of Iraq (even though the militants plaguing Afghanistan were originally trained and financed by this warmongering nation). It then went on to bomb Yemen, Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, and the Philippines.
Libya famously had one of the highest standards of living in the region. It had state-assisted healthcare, education, transport, and affordable housing. It is now a lawless war-zone rife with extremism where slaves are openly traded like commodities amid the power vacuum created as a direct result of the 2011 invasion.
In 2017, the commander-in-chief of this violent nation took the monumental death and destruction to a new a level by removing the restrictions on delivering airstrikes, which resulted in thousands upon thousands of civilian deaths. Before that, in the first six months of 2017, this country dropped over 20,650 bombs, a monumental increase from the year that preceded it.
Despite these statistics, all of the above conquests are mere child’s play to this nation. The real prize lies in some of the more defiant and more powerful states, which this country has already unleashed a containment strategy upon. This country has deployed its own troops all across the border with Russia even though it promised in the early 1990s it would do no such thing. It also has a specific policy of containing Russia’s close ally, China, all the while threatening China’s borders with talks of direct strikes on North Korea (again, remember it already did so in the 1950s).
This country also elected a president who not only believes it is okay to embrace this rampantly violent militarism but who openly calls other countries “shitholes” – the very same term that aptly describes the way this country has treated the rest of the world for decades on end. This same president also reportedly once asked three times in a meeting, “If we have nuclear weapons, why don’t we use them?” and shortly after proposed a policy to remove the constraints protecting the world from his dangerous supply of advanced nuclear weaponry.
When it isn’t directly bombing a country, it is also arming radical insurgent groups, creating instability, and directly overthrowing governments through its covert operatives on the ground.
If we have any empathy for humanity, it is clear that this country must be stopped. It cannot continue to act like this to the detriment of the rest of the planet and the safety and security of the rest of us. This country openly talks about using its nuclear weapons, has used them before, and has continued to use all manner of weapons unabated in the years since while threatening to expand the use of these weapons to other countries.
Seriously, if North Korea seems like a threat, imagine how the rest of the world feels while watching one country violently take on the rest of the planet single-handedly, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake and promising nothing less than a nuclear holocaust in the years to come.
There is only one country that has done that and continues to do the very things North Korea is being accused of doing.
Take as much time as you need for that to resonate.
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MusicIsYou Tue, 02/13/2018 - 02:48 Permalink
The U.S does bomb America, what is this article even talking about? Don't pay your taxes and the U.S will bomb the fck out of you. Run a stop sign and don't pull over for the bubble gum machine and they'll machine gun you down. But most communities don't have a problem with authorities because the state makes sure to have Military Parades in your towns several times per year with the militarized police marching or mounted on horses behind the various floats. You dumb monkeys don't even know that which you see.
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Troy Ounce MusicIsYou Tue, 02/13/2018 - 03:13 Permalink
Why are there no wars fought on US soil?
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giovanni_f Troy Ounce Tue, 02/13/2018 - 03:14 Permalink
The US is the scourge of humanity. The only realistic scenario where the planet could both, be relieved from this plague and be spared a nuclear extinction event is this shithole country to break up, resulting in a patchwork of hostile pieces, self-absorbed in constant racial, political, financial battles against each other.
Among the debris, there might be even one piece where the American experiment could resume going back to the point where the articles of confederation were abandoned - but I suspect the surrounding sub-shitholes would fight this experiment tooth and nail.
(for the easily-triggered unsophisticated: With "US" I mean the "US empire". Hope that helps)
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zvzzt giovanni_f Tue, 02/13/2018 - 03:19 Permalink
No need for all that. Just read the constitution and get back actually following it. Solves 90% of the issues - probably more.
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philipat zvzzt Tue, 02/13/2018 - 03:57 Permalink
And the "country of laws" has become completely lawless, corrupt to the core and shows no respect to International law because it is "exceptional". I love America and what it represented (which no longer exists as with The Constitution) and its people but your Government is 100% pure evil. How could you let this happen?
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NiggaPleeze philipat Tue, 02/13/2018 - 05:26 Permalink
How could you let this happen?
We let in the Joomanji/Bolsheviks and now we are not allowed to criticize their destruction of their obsequious hosts.
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AurorusBorealus NiggaPleeze Tue, 02/13/2018 - 06:13 Permalink
Did the Joooos and Bolsheviks elect Bush the elder and the younger? Did the Jooos and Bolsheviks go to the polls and vote for these war-mongering psychopaths? Did the Joooos and Bolsheviks vote for Obama? Did they vote for the Trump military junta? Is the U.S. army composed of nothing but Jooos and communists? Is it the Jooooos and the Bolsheviks who scream hell every time someone does not worship the military and the flag? Is is the Jooooos and the Bolsheviks who have turned every public event into a worship service for the military? No... it is workaday people of the U.S. who are responsible for the militarism, barbarism and atrocities of their government. They and they alone are responsible. Just as the "Russians" did not lose the election for Hillary, the Jooos and bolsheviks are not reponsible for U.S. war worship. It is always the fault of someone else.
But there is little point in having a rational conversation with a slavering nazi dog.
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Ace006 AurorusBorealus Tue, 02/13/2018 - 06:29 Permalink
You used the "n" word!
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1 Alabama Ace006 Tue, 02/13/2018 - 06:51 Permalink
gvt is the life blood of, ........wait 4 it.
In the USA, we have people from all over the world living here.
The people of the USA have difficulty controlling "their" Government, just the same as people in every other country, have difficulty controlling their government.
The governments of most countries have, at one time or another, been invaders of some other country, when you take history or herstory into consideration. The people in those invading countries failed, likewise, to control their government. It is presently the era of the US corp empire, which wears a mask, that helps to pretend to be acting on the behalf of the people that inhabit the land mass defined as said country.
The ignorant will blame the population, for the behavior of a few. Yet it is true that the populations of all these countries throughout history and herstory, have responsibility to do what they can, to prevent further asinine destruction, for the benefit of the few, which is why we have these conversations and freedom to speak about anything, in any way, at any time, in any venue, arena, situation or circumstance.
There are no safe spaces from the truth.