If Civilian Deaths Are ‘Facts of Life’ For US, Why Aren’t They For Russia and Syria?

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post
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In an interview with CBS’ Face The Nation, Secretary of Defense James Mattis was briefly asked about the view of the military when it comes to civilian casualties as it stands with America’s alleged new strategy of “annihilation” of ISIS. Mattis briefly responded with feigned sorrow at the loss of innocent life that “Civilian casualties are a fact of life in this sort of situation. We do everything humanly possible consistent with military necessity, taking many chances to avoid civilian casualties at all costs. The American people and the American military will never get used to civilian casualties. And we will – we will fight against that every way we can possibly bring our intelligence and our tactics to bear.”

As Americans, we have been hearing rhetoric like this for many years. In fact, our society has become so habituated to our own aggression and violence as well as being so culturally degraded that statements of “acceptable casualties” and “collateral damage” actually rings as something representative of a strong leader and a dominant military in the ears of many. Such is an unfortunate reality.

However, since both the Secretary of Defense and the American public have accepted the concept that civilians will be killed in military conflict and that the deaths of innocent people are “facts of life,” then why, we must ask, is it a war crime if Syrian or Russian airstrikes accidentally kill civilians?

After all, throughout the entirety of the Syrian conflict, the Syrian military has been publicly crucified for any civilian deaths that may have come about as a result of airstrikes targeting Western-backed terrorists. Likewise, after the Russians joined the fray, the Western corporate press simply couldn’t get enough of blaming Russia for civilian casualties as if Russia was intentionally targeting innocent people.

Western media has long been alight with reports of Assad’s “barrel bombs” that “indiscriminately kill civilians.” Now, however, corporate outlets are working overtime to suggest that Assad’s bombs are killing hundreds of civilians a day as the Syrian military marches toward Raqqa. This is not surprising since the Syrian military is now engaged in an offensive that could spell the end of Western machinations in the country.

Following Mattis’ logic and putting aside the fact that the overwhelming majority of the mainstream corporate media’s claims can be debunked by the statistics of the war and the facts on the ground (the Syrian military has always attempted surgical strikes in order to minimize loss of civilian life), why, exactly, should it matter? In the words of the infamous warmonger Hillary Clinton, what difference does it make? If Syria and Russia really are killing civilians in their operations against ISIS, isn’t that “unavoidable?” Aren’t the civilian deaths a “fact of life?” So why should the western pundits and/or the western public be so upset about it? Russia and Syria are only doing what the United States openly admits it has done and will continue doing.

What we have here is yet another typical case of unmitigated hypocrisy on the part of the United States. Civilian deaths at the hands of Russia and Syria, accidental as they may be, are considered war crimes. Civilian deaths at the hands of the United States, with little concern as to how many are produced, are simply considered facts of life.

With Mattis’ logic in mind, Americans should be thankful that the next time the United States bombs a marketplace full of civilians or otherwise finds creative ways to murder innocent people in faraway places, Putin will not be obligated to launch missiles at American airbases.

But it does seem that Mattis has officially undercut his administration’s alleged rage at the death of civilians and thus any complaint it publicly claims it has against the Assad government or Russia in general. Don’t expect such glaring hypocrisy to stop the United States, however. It never has in the past.

Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 andvolume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President, and Resisting The Empire: The Plan To Destroy Syria And How The Future Of The World Depends On The Outcome. Turbeville has published over 1000 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST atUCYTV. His website is BrandonTurbeville.com He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

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  • Zartan

    Because it is all BS!

    The Terrorists Running the US government “like all Criminals” think they are special and can do illegality without being held accountable. I often wonder why countries “like Russia” do not file War Crimes Charges against the US? Russia could have done this during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, all they could do is KISS the BEHIND of their MASTER: US government.

    They are in it together, painting BOOGIE men, and choreographing the worlds stage for complete control of the populations. Look how all the central banks are cooperating to buy US bonds: Many Trillions have been spent ( by all) funding war on the POOR. The GAME is RIGGED and all the Worlds Powers are working together to SCREW the COMMON SLAVES! Sad. NO downgrades, lying reports, global cooperation to rig markets, in massive! All to fund WAR on the POOR.

    Simply, they control everything and nothing will happen without their approval. The US government has become god of the earth, and it decides who lives and who dies, who becomes rich and poor. Why the US government has godlike powers to enslave and make the slaves worship their own slavery calling it freedom. Anyone living in america is subject to millions of laws ( no historical tyranny or dictator even comes close, not even: “all combined”) bent to keep them in abject poverty and slave bondage. Anyone who does not know this reality needs a brain transplant.

    If there is a GOD; well, I feel sorry for Him. The US government is eating his children, Alive! Where is His Mercy?

  • mo

    america, israel, russia, iran all cogs on the same shaft
    by way of deception do they govern
    innocent lives are being destroyed
    now Qatar is new bogeymen
    civil war is imminent in Arabian peninsula

    cowards using proxies to do their bidding
    “terrorists” assignation is a winning stratagem