Every time I see another US military assassination report I am reminded of our US role in perpetuating the cycle of violence in the east.
U.S. launches strikes in Iraq, Syria, nearly 40 reported killed By Phil Stewart, Idrees Ali and Timour Azhari, February 3, 2024
Figures are hard to get, but did you know that our country has killed an estimated 10,000-15,000 people in the last 20 years, including 1,000-2,500 civilians and children.
Oh, but “they” started it with the 9/11 bombing.
Is it any surprise people in the countries where we assasinate people are angry at the US – that they would have some motivations to strike back at us – that they would resist out meddling in their counties to protect the price of oil?
Oh, but they killed three of our military personnel stationed in Jordon.
Is that reason enough for our striking back at 85 sites and killing over 40 people? Oh, but our troops in the area have been attacked 160 times… of course we must respond.
The US has invested its blood and treasure to create an amazing level of stability and with it community and economic benefits to the world over the last 100 years. I get it and benefit from it.
But, I’m also part of a country that has not figured out how to maintain or strengthen that that stability without resorting to assassinations and actions out of our borders that are illegal inside our borders.