17 Aug

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

NYT: War Without End, Read Article>>

In the Viet Nam era, stories like this and television reporting on the war contributed to the end of the Viet Nam War in a time frame of much less than 17 years.

As deployment of the last 17 years only came to a sub set of young people, and TV and news rarely covered the searing violence of war, eschewing such content for minor content (Kardashians, Tweets, outrageous behavior), the daily violence and futility went “off stage”.

One is invited to read the daily post, “United States Wars, News and Casualties” and then watch the daily news on the U.S. TV Media.

The absence of U.S. War News is atrocious.

We need this daily report of our wars in our face………..Daily.

The McGlynn

Damn The War CriminalsThe war criminals, Bush,Cheney,Rice,Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Powell and Blair from England.

How many Iraqis have died as a result of the invasion 15 years ago? Some credible estimates put the number at more than one million. You can read that sentence again.

The invasion of Iraq is often spoken of in our country as a “blunder,” or even a “colossal mistake.” It was a crime.

Those who perpetrated it are still at large. Some of them have even been rehabilitated thanks to the horrors of a mostly amnesiac citizenry.

We condemned children to death, some after many days of writhing in pain on bloodstained mats, without pain relievers. Some died quickly, wasted by missing arms and legs, crushed heads. As the fluids ran out of their bodies, they appeared like withered, spoiled fruits. They could have lived, certainly should have lived – and laughed and danced, and run and played- but instead they were brutally murdered. Yes, murdered!

The war ended for those children, but it has never ended for survivors who carry memories of them. Likewise, the effects of the U.S. bombings continue, immeasurably and indefensibly.

The McGlynn

Marta Rivas Blanco shares her account of the day a bus carrying children was attacked in Yemen

A child injured in the airstrike rests in hospital.

‘The hospital is still full of children who should be at school, or outside playing.’ Photograph: Hani Mohammed/AP

A week ago, 40 children and 11 adults were killed in an attack on a bus carrying children in Yemen. Many of the children were treated at a hospital supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Marta Rivas Blanco, an ICRC nurse, shares her account of the day.

They came to the hospital in cars and ambulances. Dozens of children with an array of grisly wounds. Some were screaming, some were scared. Many went straight to the morgue.

I’d like to say this was the first time I’ve treated so many civilians after an attack, but it’s not. I’ve been here too many times before, both in Yemen and in Mosul, Iraq.

What happened last week in Saada, however, was unprecedented for me in that nearly all the victims were children……………Two children died in the emergency room with me. The brutal truth is that you cannot save everyone. In total, 51 people died, including 40 children. Dozens more were injured, the majority of whom were children……………….Whether in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, or any other conflict, attacks on civilians are unacceptable and cannot be idly tolerated. International humanitarian law strictly prohibits attacks against civilians and civilian objects. But I’ve found myself treating civilians more times than I care to remember. That’s why I had to go to the office: to submit an order to replenish our stock of medicines and equipment. We have to be ready for the next time.

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Yemen school bus bombing ‘one of 50 strikes on civilian vehicles this year’>>

NYT: The Latest: War Monitor Says IS Attack on Syria Base Kills 7

A Syrian war monitoring group says at least seven soldiers were killed when the Islamic State group attacked an army position near the eastern city of Deir el-Zour.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it was the closest the militants’ closest approach to the Deir el-Zour air base since the government recaptured it from the group last year.

The Observatory reported the attack Thursday, saying it took place Wednesday near the Taim oil field.

Mohammad Hassan, a media coordinator for the activist-run Deir Ezzor 24, says at least 12 soldiers and five IS militants were killed in the clashes.

A recent U.N. report warns that IS, which once controlled large swathes of northeastern Syria and northwest Iraq, is adopting a guerrilla profile.

The group may still have up to 30,000 members distributed between Syria and Iraq, according to the U.N. report.

Iraq A Deadly Deception – War Documentary 2018


On the evening of 9/11, George W Bush made a vow to the American public – that he would defeat terrorism.
Unknown to those listening in shock to the presidential address, the president and his advisers had already begun planning their trajectory into an invasion of Iraq. It was packaged as “holding responsible the states who support terrorism” by Richard Perle, a Pentagon adviser between 2001 and 2003.

“I believe it represented a recognition that we would never succeed against the terrorists if we went after them one at a time and as long as governments were facilitating the organisation, training, equipping of, financing of terrorist organisations, we were never going to get it under control,” says Perle.
After 100 days spent fighting those who had become publicly accepted as the culprits – Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan – the US set the ball rolling for war against Iraq.

On the evening of 9/11 the president is saying: well, maybe we’ll be going after Iraq now and somebody said, well, that would be against international law. The president responded: I don’t care, we’re going to kick some ass.

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