What Police Videos Teach Us About Wars


Before people had an easy way to see video footage of police murders, headlines crediting the police with just and noble actions couldn’t be effectively questioned.

We’re still back there in the dark ages when it comes to war murders, but we can overcome the lack of quickly shared videos if we choose to. When the headlines celebrate some sort of “victory” in Mosul or anywhere else, we can point out that the videos of people being blown up in their houses would be truly horrific if we had them. This is not, after all, a point on which there can actually be any question.

The police who murder innocents say they serve a grander purpose of maintaining law and order. Watching the videos of what they do eliminates all possibility of taking that seriously.

The war makers say they serve a grander purpose of . . . well, it depends; sometimes it’s also law and order, other times spreading democracy, other times weapons elimination, other times simply revenge. Imagining the videos we aren’t seeing should help us understand why these justifications do not hold up.

The U.S. has, in recent years, bombed Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. None of them is safer, less armed, more democratic, more peaceful, more prosperous, or less of a threat to others. Quite the contrary. “Defeating” ISIS by bombing people will fuel more suffering and violence, just as “defeating” the government of Saddam Hussein fueled ISIS.

Picture a woman in Mosul who lacks permission to go outside without a male guardian. Now picture that woman’s roof collapsing on her and her children with a thunderous crash and a cloud of dust. Is she better off? Do those who love her appreciate her “liberation”? Would the video be allowed on U.S. media outlets unless we shared it on social media as many times as we do a police video?

“One unfortunate incident.” “Collateral damage.” “A few bad apples.”

No. Police murder routinely and with immunity. Wars murder extensively, immorally, counterproductively, and illegally with immunity. There can be good policing. But there cannot be good war making. It’s all illegal under the U.N. Charter and the Kellogg-Briand Pact. The war on terrorism has been increasing terrorism for years. The U.S. government itself admits it has no idea who most of the people are that it murders with drones.

“So you’re on the side of the criminals.” “You must love ISIS.” “Putin LOVER!”

In fact, this childish retort is more common on the question of war and, tragically, is sometimes fueled by a grain of truth. Even so-called peace groups have fallen for the “pick a side” routine on Syria for years. I know people opposed to U.S. war-making in Syria but not to the U.S. providing weapons to others. I know people opposed to both of those things but not to Syrian government war-making with help from Russia and others. I know people opposed to Syrian and Russian war-making but not to anything directed at overthrowing the Syrian government. I know people in favor of war against ISIS but not against Syria. I know people in favor of any war making armed and funded by Saudi Arabia or Qatar or Turkey but not by the United States or Russia. I could list 18 more variations, all from people claiming — as does the Pentagon — to favor peace.

I oppose war in the way I oppose dueling or blood feuds, not by supporting one side. I oppose the U.S.-led arming of Western Asia the way I oppose pushing heroin in poor neighborhoods, not by wanting particular people to get it all. I oppose murder by police or soldiers in the way that I oppose capital punishment — that is: not because videos make my social media browsing unpleasant, but because people’s lives are being taken.

It’s time we put an end to war as if we could see it.<--break->

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  • ‘The U.S. has, in recent years, bombed Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. None of them is safer, less armed, more democratic, more peaceful, more prosperous, or less of a threat to others. Quite the contrary. “Defeating” ISIS by bombing people will fuel more suffering and violence, just as “defeating” the government of Saddam Hussein fueled ISIS.’

    This plan Clark mentions pairs well with this article. General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned – Seven Countries In Five Years

    “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.” I said, “Is it classified?” He said, “Yes, sir.” I said, “Well, don’t show it to me.” And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, “You remember that?” He said, “Sir, I didn’t show you that memo! I didn’t show it to you!”


  • “Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.” George Washington


    • sometime

      I’d say, ” over grown ” is a slight……SHIT is about to hit the fAN….and ain’t nobody to stop it. And ain’t nobody in the USG that can do anything about it…Not the US MIL which caused much off it….and so those of us who are yet remaining…well, we might ask ourselves….What do we do next?
      and you know what?
      ain’t a whole lot of those left who have much to say…

      • I know we are a Empire by all means sometime. Anybody that really knows history away from the government school plantation should know this as well.

        ‘Pentagon: One of World’s Largest Landowners’

        Does our Congress and President literally want to RULE the world? Our federal government employs (the taxpayers I mean) US military personnel in 156 countries! Our US Military has bases in 63 countries! Brand new military bases have been built since September 11, 2001 in seven countries. In total, there are 255,065 US military personnel deployed Worldwide.

        These facilities include a total of 845,441 different buildings and equipments. The underlying land surface is of the order of 30 million acres. The US government owns a total of 737 bases in foreign lands. Adding to the bases inside U.S. Territory, the total land area occupied by US military bases within the US and internationally is of the order of 2,202,735 hectares, which makes the Pentagon one of the largest landowners worldwide!


        • sometime

          am answering without viewing this, not because I disrespect it….because I have other questions….
          you have said…tis your policy not to divulge a personal opinion. Well, you should. A hidden persona does not fit you…And No…you needn’t do this often…but some of us are able to take and give and may as well, assist you in your blogging….you have been at it for a long time..
          At what point in time does the US and the West fail? And it surely will,
          And if and when, will that point be nuclear?
          People say, you too, that pres elections in the US don’t matter. I think they do riged or not….cause might be possible to be elected without the idea that all is fortold in US Elec
          If Trump wins…
          what’s going to happen assuming he lives…cause I nearly witnessed JFK Killed.
          This idea that the NWO is on and living, just doesn’t fly with me.. I’m 73 and sure all this can out live me…but still….a world run by dictatorships…well, at some point it will fail…and be many hundreds of years before it is if ever tried again….if Ever.
          The human spirit. of Truth, Honesty, Love
          are the only thing that got us to this day and the only thing which will endure U

          • This will give a clear view without what I call clutter and noise of the world.

            June 13, 2016 Which Corporations Control The World?

            A surprisingly small number of corporations control massive global market shares. How many of the brands below do you use?


            September 17, 2016 We Are the New Nazis

            After more than two decades of continuous war against countries we bombed with which we were officially at peace, and then invaded, and after millions have been killed and after billions have been spent to finance America’s illegal wars, we are no safer than we were before 9-11 and the world is facing the greatest refugee and worst humanitarian crisis since WW II. The United States is to blame for these wars of atrocity and the American political class that promulgated them are war criminals. In short, we Americans are the new Nazis of the world disorder.


          • January 10, 2014 *500* Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent , *It’s Never to Protect Us From Bad Guys*

            No matter which government conducts mass surveillance, they also do it to crush dissent, and then give a false rationale for why they’re doing it.


            Jun 7, 2013 William Binney – The Government is Profiling You


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  • sometime

    The last paragraph does say it all….Christ old Mighty………………Brains over Brawn…should be the day
    Well then, one must get out of the way……………..” All Wars Are Bankers Wars ” cause that’s again what is now happening in our town…