Attack in France and Casting the First Explosive

The first order is to make clear that the attacks on French journalists/cartoonists in their offices, like virtually all acts of violence committed in the world, are tragic and to be condemned.  If we condemn the US’s 2003 invasion of Iraq, the worst crime of this century, which killed up to millions of people, we also condemn attacks that kill .000012 percent or less than that many people.  It’s not as if there is some minimum of fifty thousand (or however many) deaths that must occur before we condemn attacks.  One victim is totally unacceptable, and this attack in France was horrific.

To condemn attacks on journalists by “others”, the most elementary thinking dictates that we must first not attack journalists ourselves.  Thus we condemn the US for targeting and killing journalists in and outside of their offices in Iraq, as we condemn Israel and its enabler/benefactor, the US, for repeatedly, year in and year out, including multiple times since 2009, targeting and killing dozens of journalists.

We also condemn the US for playing a “key” role in the cold-blooded execution of American journalist Frank Teruggi in 1973, and we condemn the US for playing a “fundamental” role in the cold-blooded execution of American journalist/animator/cartoonist Charles Horman in 1973.

Charles Horman

Should we punish the American perpetrators of these murders before we cast the first (explosive/chemical) stones at others for later crimes?  Demagogues like this guy of the NY Times say no and are calling for new blood.  They don’t think the US has shed enough or done enough damage, yet, or has enough of its own journalist-killers on the loose, living high on the hog on the dime of American taxpayers, to merit focus.  Perhaps we should arm an extremist group like Al Qaeda, as we have done multiple times, to attack the group that carried out this attack in France.  Wait, that very likely was Al Qaeda.  Oops.  (Or, as Glenn Greenwald has pointed out, maybe not oops.)

We condemn the US for its cold, coordinated, brutal (and often mass) killing and imprisonment of countless American journalists, satirists, whistle-blowers and free-thinkers/speakers over the span of its existence, ongoing today (read this for a history).

It would be nice, at least, to see as much outrage about the US/Israeli attacks on journalists that just took place, which killed many more than twelve, not to mention the trifling matter of ~600 children and ~1,000 other civilian dead, as we are seeing about this attack in France.  But naïve westerners who get mad only when other groups kill journalists cannot really be blamed.  To be sure, the jihadists of America’s Pravda, the New York Times, and other such extremist outlets, know what they are doing when they call for “ruthless” revenge for “enemy” attacks but hide or downplay and excuse attacks on journalists by their favored terrorist groups, be they Israel, the US, or whomever.  These people are simply terror propagandists.

In Korea, Vietnam, and around the world, the US targets(/targeted) and clinically extinguishes the lives of great swathes of millions of people not just for writing, but for being accused of thinking things their dictators – US state controllers – don’t like.  The US is trying to “inoculate the virus” of thinking that threatens to increase the costs of foreign labor and raw materials and/or detracts from the US dictatorial stranglehold over international relations.  Hence, in Vietnam, the US was trying to destroy a type of thinking that it knew, and stated in internal records, was supported by the vast majority of Vietnamese people, who have the right to self-determination – the most basic right in international law, and the one perhaps most violated by the US.  The US was wiping out and torturing Vietnamese people (whom racist US militants often referred to as “Indians”, as in Native Americans) by the millions to try to make them change what the US assumed to be their thinking and political beliefs; to make them submit to colonialism.  This is genocide by the definition adopted by the UN general assembly, which states “Genocide is the denial of the right of existence” to “racial, religious, political and other groups”.

Most westerners have no idea that “their” tax-collectors kill journalists and other civilians by the millions for their writing, speaking, and thinking, and it would take a long time for these people to reach the point where they would even allow themselves to look at reports (from HRW, Amnesty, etc.) and documentary records to discover the truth.  They are extremely emotionally resistant to this, since they have been engineered, from birth, to view their “leaders” as extensions of themselves (which they are not) and as good.  (Convincing someone that he/she or his/her group is good – self-flattery – is about the easiest imaginable task.)  Indeed, before the truth about the My Lai massacre (which was a typical act for the US) emerged, the US media “presented it as a triumph … trumpeted [it as] an ‘impressive victory'”.  Sound familiar?

Even since Seymour Hersh revealed what really happened there, most Americans don’t know – and don’t want to know – specifics about it, such as that soldiers “carved ‘C Company’ or the shape of the ace of spades into the chests of a few victims. They raped women, then ripped open their vaginas with knives before killing them”, “cut their throats, cut off their hands, cut out their tongues, scalped them”, in continuation of the acts of mutilation and crimes against humanity that US sadists, including extremist leaders like Andrew Jackson, committed against Native Americans.

Even though this one massacre at My Lai got through the information-system’s defenses, the US media was successful in making it seem like a one-off, which it was not.  It was an illustration of the US attack as a whole.  As David Hackworth, the most decorated officer in the Army, commented in 2003: “There were hundreds of My Lais.”  They were committed by every US brigade.  Picking out one massacre is like choosing a grain of sand from a dune.  Documentation of these attacks is available in Nick Turse’s examination of the documentary record on the US invasion, Kill Anything that Moves.

And in the case of the one massacre US citizens have heard of, how many people were punished?  One.  Think it was someone who planned/ordered the genocide?  Think again.  It was a low-level field-grunt, William Calley.  He got three years on house arrest, then a presidential pardon from the corrupt, genocidal war-criminal Richard Nixon.

All this is to say nothing of the role of the former colonial power in Vietnam, France, which intentionally starved two million Vietnamese people to death and was maintaining its colonial regime by being the world’s biggest gang of drug peddlers.  The US invasion was carried out to try to keep these brutish French lowlifes in power over the Vietnamese people.  The thinking that the US wanted to wipe out  – the virus it “needed” to inoculate – was thinking that said the Vietnamese people should be free.  To eradicate this mode of thought, to kill this virus, the US acted to show the Vietnamese people that such thinking would lead only to their industrial extermination.

Citizen ignorance of the crimes committed by the group seizing the taxes is manufactured by the tax-collector-enmeshed information system on which the bulk of citizens rely by default – they watch (and sometimes read) whatever happens to be placed in front of them.  The way it gets in front of them is giant companies spend billions of dollars to put it there.  They get those billions by comprising the state/corporate violence complex, pushing its agendas, speaking in the ways it needs and suppressing what it needs suppressed, and by saying, to varying degrees targeted to specific audiences, what most people want to hear, which is, as Ron Bergundy put it, “That we live in the greatest country God ever created.”

Thus, it is up to people who have, by whatever means, managed to gain some perspective on this dynamic, to be responsible and do what they can to protect not just our “team” members, but everyone.

That is literal.  The antiwar protests before the US’s illegal invasion of Iraq were huge and unprecedented for occurring before the invasion was launched, and certainly the amount of industrial killing the US carried out would have been greater in the absence of this movement, but it wasn’t nearly enough.  It was a step forward from Vietnam, when US protests began years after the USA’s illegal invasion of that country, and which limited the US industrial killing machine, in that case, to “only” millions upon millions of victims.  Iraq protests pushed the number of victims of the US death industry (at least the number outright killed) down below two million.  But that is unspeakably unacceptable.  Not only is it unacceptable, but it results in smaller numbers of killings by extremist groups that arise out of the pools of US-ground gore, as Jewish extremist groups have throughout history arisen due to Jews being ruthlessly persecuted by European terrorist organizations such as the Greek and Roman empires.

While total security is nonexistent, we urgently need to continue to increase our efforts to protect and secure our fellows worldwide from the violent monsters among us and their creations and benefactors.  To do this, we need to protest against violence by our criminals and arrest the perpetrators for their acts of industrial, targeted killing, including of countless journalists for whom justice has yet to be done.

We should start by supporting safety and press freedom for all journalists, not just victims we pick and choose while ignoring/suppressing others, namely our own.

Robert Barsocchini focuses on global force dynamics and writes professionally for the film industry.  He is a regular contributor to  Washington’s Blog, and is published in Counter Currents, Global Research, State of Globe, Blacklisted News,,, Information Clearing House, Press TV, and other outlets.  Also see: Hillary Clinton’s Record of Support for War and other Depravities.  Follow Robert and UK-based colleague, Dean Robinson, on Twitter.

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  • Carl_Herman

    The history predicts what likely occurs in the present, especially when that history is allowed to continue into the present. Thank you, Robert.

  • Gonpin Gonver

    A zoomed portion of the alleged coup de grâce: make your own conclusions

  • Gonpin Gonver

    While avoiding the morbidity -or offending people’s susceptibility- caused by the following video, no blood is seen on the wounded police officer before he receives the alleged coup de grâce in the head, nor after.

  • Gonpin Gonver

    And perfect timing for this announcement combined with the events that took place earlier in Paris…Report: France To Deploy Aircraft Carrier To Gulf in IS FightAgence France-Presse 7:27 p.m. EST January 6, 2015 – The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and its fleet will be deployed to the Gulf to support operations against the Islamic State group, a military news site reported on Tuesday.The deployment of the marine battle group is due to be announced by President Francois Hollande when he gives his annual new year’s speech to the armed forces onboard the Charles de Gaulle on Jan. 14, according to the “Mer et Marine” news site.The Elysee Palace confirmed to AFP that the carrier would travel to the Gulf on its way to India, where it is due to take part in exercises in mid-April.“The Charles de Gaulle will be available to participate, if necessary, in all operational missions,” the Elysee spokesman said.According to Mer et Marine, the Charles de Gaulle carrier will travel to the Gulf with its fleet of air and naval craft, including Rafale and Super Etendard fighter jets and an attack submarine, to take part in the US-led bombing campaign against IS forces in Iraq.The navy and army did not respond to requests for confirmation.France currently has nine Rafale and six Mirage fighters engaged in the campaign — based in the United Arab Emirates and Jordan — as part of Operation Chammal launched in September, along with a C135 supply plane, E-3F surveillance and control plane and an Atlantique 2 maritime patrol aircraft.Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in early December that French planes had carried out “120 to 130 missions” — primarily intelligence-gathering operations.

    • Gonzogal

      Charles de Gaulle is no doubt rolling over in his grave that France is once again a member of NATO since he knew first hand about NATO/CIA false flags in France and their attempts to kill him an so took France out of NATO

  • Party Like 1999 BC

    Perhaps Obama wanted to silence the French comic book, so they were silenced… Believe that NSA/CIA spying is so comprehensive regarding movements and training of virtually ALL active and potential jihad fighters, nothing is ever amiss or random. Everything is quite intentional….
    Intentional being from the neo-colonial ambitions of corrupt elites in France wanting to grab Libya, Lebanon and Syria… All on the backs of Washington’s jihad fighters…. The lynchpin of the Anglo-Zionist alliamce…. The 800 gorilla in the international living room… The Anglo-Zionist alliance and it’s proxy contra armies.
    The website reported last year that Obama’s “security” boss met with all the Eurozone security bosses at a meeting in Poland to tell them to continue to allow their borders to remain open to the thousands of jihad fighters and tons of weapons used in various NATO war zones….
    The attack likely planned at the highest levels in Paris and Washington…. It’s coverage… And the “reaction.”… As usual… Nothing is amiss.

  • ClubToTheHead

    Since most Americans approve of torture and consider themselves to be Patriotic, this joke should be well received:

    Prisoner is getting a rectal feeding. Patriot asks if he would like some
    coffee. Prisoner nods yes. Funnel up the ass, the coffee is poured in
    and the prisoner screams.

    Patriot asks if the coffee is too hot.

    Prisoner says NO! TOO SWEET! TOO SWEET!

  • Everyone needs to understand this!

    October 23, 2014 Special report: America’s perpetual state of emergency

    The United States is in a perpetual state of national emergency. Thirty separate emergencies, in fact. An emergency declared by President Jimmy Carter on the 10th day of the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 remains in effect almost 35 years later. A post-9/11 state of national emergency declared by President George W. Bush — and renewed six times by President Obama — forms the legal basis for much of the war on terror.

  • US has always attacked innocent peoples to prove himself as superpower but its wrong. America should change and value human life.
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  • Gonzogal

    OUTSTANDING article thank you