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    Read This Before The Mainstream Media Uses A Drowned Refugee Boy To Start Another War

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-0...rt-another-war



    A baby boy turned to flotsam. Washed up on the shore, face down in the mud. His family, refugees from Syria’s civil war, had tried to reach Greece, but their over-crowded raft overturned in the Mediterranean Sea and he drowned along with his brother and mother. The viral image of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless little body on a Turkish beach has shaken the conscience of the West and wrenched America’s attention to the refugee crisis now rocking Europe.

    Newsflash to the oblivious citizenry of the power-projecting “free world”: this is what war looks like. This times ten million. That which is mere “foreign policy” to you and your government is desperation and death to those on the receiving end of it.

    Children just as innocent and precious as Aylan are being driven into the sea in Libya, incinerated by drone in Pakistan, or starved to death in Yemen all the time, and it is all on your dime. And every single instance creates a sight just as achingly forlorn and horrifically tragic as the one above, even if it isn’t photographed and seen by millions.
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    Another newsflash: this is what war displacement looks like, both in the sea and on dry land. What you see in his face is the anguish felt right this very moment by the many millions of mothers and fathers driven from their homes and sources of livelihood throughout the countries shattered by weapons from the West: Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Palestine, Ukraine, and more.

    It is a shame that the curiosity, empathy, and imagination of most are so stunted that they require such vivid imagery as this showing up in their news feeds to feel concern for the havoc wreaked by their governments’ policies.

    And then they are stirred, not enough to actually learn a damn thing about it, but only enough to be manipulated into demanding— or at least countenancing — more of the very same kind of intervention that caused the tragedies in the first place.

    Warmongers in government and the media are perversely but predictably trying to conscript Aylan’s corpse into their march to escalation. They are contending that Aylan died because the West has not intervened against Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad, and that it must do so now to spare other children the same fate.

    Um, no, Aylan’s family were Kurdish refugees from Kobani who had to flee that city when it was besieged, not by Assad, but by Assad’s enemy: ISIS.

    And ISIS is running rampant in that part of Syria only because the US-led West and its regional allies have given them cover by supporting and arming the jihadist-dominated uprising against Assad.

    The West has been intervening in Syria heavily since at least 2012. Indeed, it is Western intervention that has exacerbated and prolonged the conflict, which has now claimed a quarter of a million lives.

    But because much of the intervention has been covert and by proxy, it has received little media coverage and public attention. So the “blowback” that results from it, including Aylan’s death, can be conveniently blamed on alleged “non-intervention” and used to justify more overt and direct intervention.

    In this way, governments have long exploited public obliviousness and gullibility to get their wars.

    Moreover, if the hawks were to get their wish of seeing Assad finally overthrown and his forces dismantled, there would then be zero local resistance to ISIS, Syrian Al Qaeda, and the other jihadist groups completely overrunning Syria.

    As bad as the refugee crisis is now, just imagine what it will be like as all of Syria’s many religious minorities desperately flee from these hyper-violent and hyper-sectarian Sunnis, armed to the teeth with Western weapons.


    Far from preventing such tragedies as Aylan’s drowning, intervening further would only produce many more.

    You are troubled by that picture you saw on Facebook. Good. It means your heart hasn’t been completely hardened by nationalistic and xenophobic indoctrination. But don’t let it make you susceptible to war party manipulation. And don’t just “raise awareness” of it by liking and sharing the tragedy and then forgetting about it in a month. To truly contribute to justice for Aylan, work to set things right.

    And the first step to setting things right is understanding. Make it a project to learn about the role of foreign intervention in the Syrian Civil War that is creating so many of these refugees, and in the wars roiling the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia in general. And once you’ve acquired understanding for yourself, work to spread it to others.


    * * *

    An indispensable resource for this is Antiwar.com. And a few good starting points are these essays of my own:

    Mass-Producing Huddled Masses
    Refugees from the Footfall of the American Colossus

    Flytrap to Breeding Ground
    How America’s wars produced a terrorist infestation

    Where Does ISIS Get Those Wonderful Toys?
    From Uncle Sam, the Bruce Wayne of Jihad, and his Cronies

    Clean Break to Dirty Wars
    Shattering the Middle East for Israel’s Northern Front

    Salafists Gaining Ground
    Throughout the Middle East, thanks to US intervention

    The US Government’s Not-So-Secret Support for al-Qaeda and ISIS
    The Biggest State Sponsor of Terrorism of Them All
    Last edited by Lucille; 09-08-2015 at 08:15 PM.
    Based on the idea of natural rights, government secures those rights to the individual by strictly negative intervention, making justice costless and easy of access; and beyond that it does not go. The State, on the other hand, both in its genesis and by its primary intention, is purely anti-social. It is not based on the idea of natural rights, but on the idea that the individual has no rights except those that the State may provisionally grant him. It has always made justice costly and difficult of access, and has invariably held itself above justice and common morality whenever it could advantage itself by so doing.
    --Albert J. Nock



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    TEHRAN (FNA)- Photo journalists have moved the dead body of the Kobani child refugee to a better location for photos.
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    Sick bastards, this is why i hate Journalism.

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    Was watching CNN yesterday. Apparently according to them, this boy means that the US must give billions of dollar in aid money to someone, and we have to get more belligerent with Iran and Russia. That will solve this problem.
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    Someone died, and someone else took a picture of it. Of course we must spend trillions to kill tens of thousands of people who had nothing to do with it. It's the American Way. Or, at least, somewhere in the last sixty years it became the American Way.

    If you doubt it we'll stuff freedom fries in your nose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    Someone died, and someone else took a picture of it. Of course we must spend trillions to kill tens of thousands of people who had nothing to do with it. It's the American Way. Or, at least, somewhere in the last sixty years it became the American Way.

    If you doubt it we'll stuff freedom fries in your nose.
    Like this won't happen 550 times tonight in the United States. They play us for suckers, all the time. How many kids are going to die in the U.S. tonight, whether by "drive by's", hospital error or child abuse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dianne View Post
    Like this won't happen 550 times tonight in the United States. They play us for suckers, all the time. How many kids are going to die in the U.S. tonight, whether by "drive by's", hospital error or child abuse?
    For that matter, how many kids drowned over the past weekend from falling out of boats?

    But that' different. We can't attack Anheuser-Busch for enabling their parents to get drunk and careless. It would be unAmerican.
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    get your Freedom Fries . . .

    sorry Israelies don't need to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty . . . all bound to have happened anyhoo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    For that matter, how many kids drowned over the past weekend from falling out of boats?

    But that' different. We can't attack Anheuser-Busch for enabling their parents to get drunk and careless. It would be unAmerican.
    Good point !! I'm bringing up the secret agenda of the news media that focus on this one pitiful child from Syria; when 550 American children (probably a conservative estimate) will die tonight in the Good Old USA.

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    This tread reminds me of why I love this place. Sanity is hard to come by these days.
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    Dianne called this few days ago, it is slowly getting more obvious.

    Quote Originally Posted by enhanced_deficit View Post

    Quote Originally Posted by Dianne View Post
    09-04-2015 08:39 PM
    I call bullchit on the entire story. This is all staged by our Government, The United Nations.

    There does seem an element of "staging" in this news splash the way suddenly "gay marriage license battle" headlines were replaced with "drwoned syriain child" photo suddenly yesterday. But there is also real human suffering in Syria, Libya, Iraqi freedom cities since US interventions there.
    Questions is why media owners are suddenly plastering photos of a syrian child now and did not of a single Iraqi or syrian child killed by wars earlier? If DGP's masters are behind this, why are they running media blitz now?
    Quote Originally Posted by AngryCanadian View Post
    Sick bastards, this is why i hate Journalism.
    Just few bad apples like NYT, WaPo, LATimes, Newsweek, MSNBC, CNN, Fox etc.



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