Non-French War Deaths Matter

Published on Let’s Try Democracy, by David Swanson, Nov 14, 2015.

We are all France. Apparently. Though we are never all Lebanon or Syria or Iraq for some reason. Or a long, long list of additional places.

We are led to believe that U.S. wars are not tolerated and cheered because of the color or culture of the people being bombed and occupied. But let a relatively tiny number of people be murdered in a white, Christian, Western-European land, with a pro-war government, and suddenly sympathy is the order of the day.

“This is not just an attack on the French people, it is an attack on human decency and all things that we hold dear,” says U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham. I’m not sure I hold ALL the same things dear as the senator, but for the most part I think he’s exactly right and that sympathy damn well ought to be the order of the day following a horrific mass killing in France.

I just think the same should apply to everywhere else on earth as well. The majority of deaths in all recent wars are civilian. The majority of civilians are not hard to sympathize with once superficial barriers are overcome. Yet, the U.S. media never seems to declare deaths in Yemen or Pakistan or Palestine to be attacks on our common humanity … //

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Paris Attack Related Links:

Terrorists trying to split French society & alienate Muslim community, on Russia Today RT, Nov 15, 2015;

Respect the Paris Victims, Stop Waving the French Flag, on Dissident Voice, by Pedro Aibeo, November 14, 2015;

US: The Era of the Dog Whistle, on ZNet, by Auset Marian Lewis, Nov 14, 2015: whether we are talking about Ferguson, Missouri or a South Carolina schoolroom, Yale University or the University of Missouri, we find that violence against people of color by thought, word and bullet is a recurring national theme. With the issue of Yale white students wearing racist Halloween costumes, free speech is now on trial …;

Wake up, Europe: Russia is not the enemy, on Russia Today RT, Nov 14, 2015;

Egypt: Caught Between ISIS and the Police State, on The Daily Beast, by Nancy A. Youssef, Nov 14, 2015: Today, Cairo’s young Islamists believe what ISIS allegedly did in Paris was wrong. Tomorrow, they will be reminded their government considers them to be terrorists, too;

Other Links:

Global Capitalism: November 2014 Monthly Update, 101.19 min, uploaded by RichardDWolff, Nov 12, 2014 … websites: Democracy at Work; Dr. Richard D. Wolff on YouTube-search /this month; Left; (see also: why Europeans fight Austerity more successfully than Americans – Professor Richard D Wolff, 6.26 min, uploaded by RichardDWolff, Dec 11, 2011);

Asking for a glimmer of hope, on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Ahmed Morsy, Nov 12, 2015: people can bear deteriorating living conditions as long as there is a promise of better days ahead;

Trendy autumn style, on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Amany Abdel-Moneim, Nov 12, 2015: Let’s talk about better living! Our new interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers. Running around in a sundress and flip-flops may have been fun, but now we’re back in the season of gorgeous clothes and thick coats. The weather doesn’t seem to have got the message though, despite the rain;

Von wwwKenFMde von Sept bis Nov 2015 auf YouTube hochgeladen:

  • KenFM am Set: Rede von Ken Jebsen in Plauen, 17.31 min, am 8. Nov;
  • #2: Ethik oder Etat – Sind unsere Werte nur Börsenwerte? 170.12 min, am 29. Sept … ein Prozent der Menschheit besitzt mehr als der Rest auf diesem Planeten. Diese Fakten haben mit dem vorherrschenden Wirtschaftssystem zu tun, das vor allem denen nützt, die reich sind. Es ist buchstäblich ihr Reich, und alles, was in diesem Reich geschieht, hat sich nach zuvor von den Reichen auf den Weg gebrachten Gesetzen, Ansichten und Plänen zu richten. Mit Demokratie hat das wenig bis gar nichts zu tun, nur darf man das den Massen gegenüber nicht offen aussprechen, um eine weltweite Rebellion zu verhindern …;

spoken in english, subtitled in german: Reducing the debt burden of Greece / zur Entschuldung Griechenlands – with Leonidas Vatikiotis, uploaded by wwwKenFMde, Oct 18, 2015;

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