SAN FRANCISCO, Sep 02 (IPS) – Joe Biden offered a stirring soundbite days in the past when he spoke from the White House simply after suicide bombers killed 13 U.S. troops and 170 Afghans at a Kabul airport: “To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”
But the president’s pledge was a prelude to yet one more episode of what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the madness of militarism.”
The U.S. rapidly adopted up on Biden’s vow with a drone strike in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province that the Pentagon mentioned killed two “high-profile” ISIS-Okay targets.
Speaking to media with customary reassurance, an Army common used suave wording to declare: “We know of zero civilian casualties.” But information reporting informed of some civilian deaths. And worse was quickly to come back.
On Sunday, one other American drone assault — this time close to the Kabul airport — led to dependable studies that the useless included youngsters. The Washington Post reported on Monday that members of the family mentioned the U.S. drone strike “killed 10 civilians in Kabul, including several small children.”
According to a neighbor who noticed the assault, the newspaper added, “the dead were all from a single extended family who were exiting a car in their modest driveway when the strike hit a nearby vehicle.”
Words that Biden used final Thursday evening, vowing revenge, may happen to surviving Afghan kinfolk and their sympathizers: “We will not forgive. We will not forget.” And possibly even, “We will hunt you down and make you pay.”
Revenge cycles don’t have any finish, they usually’ve continued to energy limitless U.S. warfare — as a form of perpetual emotion machine — within the title of opposing terrorism. It’s a sample that has performed out numerous instances in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere for twenty years. And it shouldn’t be a thriller that U.S. warfare has created nonetheless extra “enemy” combatants.
But neither the U.S. mass media nor official Washington has a lot curiosity within the form of rational caveat that retired U.S. Army Gen. William Odom supplied throughout a C-SPAN interview approach again in 2002: “Terrorism is not an enemy. It cannot be defeated. It’s a tactic. It’s about as sensible to say we declare war on night attacks and expect we’re going to win that war. We’re not going to win the war on terrorism.”
By some other title, the “war on terror” turned — for the White House, Pentagon and Congress — a political license to kill and displace folks on a big scale in at the very least eight countries, not often seen, a lot much less understood.
Whatever the intent, the ensuing carnage has often included many civilians. The names and faces of the useless and injured very not often attain those that signal the orders and acceptable the funds.
Amid his administration’s botch of planning for the pullout, company media have been denouncing Biden for his wise decision to lastly withdraw the U.S. army from Afghanistan. No doubt Biden hopes to mollify the laptop computer warriors of the Washington press corps with drone strikes and different shows of air energy.
But the final 20 years have proven which you can’t cease on-the-ground terrorism by terrorizing folks from the air. Sooner or later, what goes round comes round.
Norman Solomon is the nationwide director of RootsAction.org and the writer of many books, together with War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. He was a Bernie Sanders delegate from California to the 2016 and 2020 Democratic National Conventions. Solomon is the founder and government director of the Institute for Public Accuracy.
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