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Every time a terrorist attack occurs in Europe, it is met with an abundance of media coverage, and each victim is mourned by the public on a grand scale. However, the concern for the loss of innocent life appears to be almost nonexistent when the United States kills more civilians in one month than terrorist attacks in Europe have killed in the last 12 years.

A group monitoring the Syrian conflict reported on Friday that airstrikes launched by the United States-led coalition in Syria have killed 472 civilians from May 23 to June 23.

In the last 30 days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the provinces with the largest death tolls were Deir Ezzor with 222 civilian deaths, including 84 children, and Raqqa with 250 civilian deaths, including 53 children. The Observatory also noted that the latest figure is more than double the previous month, which was around 225 civilian deaths.

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As The Free Thought Project has reported, the U.S.-led coalition entered the city of Raqqa for the first time on June 6, in the name of driving out the Islamic State. However, the first few days of the offensive resulted in reports of the coalition using a cluster of airstrikes including illegal chemicals such as white phosphorus on a city with a population of around 200,000 people.

While the U.S. claims its purpose is to defeat ISIS, its actions have been questionable. As Americans celebrated Father’s Day on Sunday, the U.S. shot down a Syrian warplane that was targeting the militants. In response, Russia announced that it is halting cooperation with the U.S. and its allies.

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Just before the dramatic increase in airstrikes, a terrorist attack killed 22 people in Manchester, England, on May 22. Not surprisingly, the Islamic State was eager to take responsibility for the attack.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis used the attack to justify the increase on May 28, claiming that the U.S. had “accelerated” the tactics it was using in Iraq and Syria and is now using a policy of “annihilation.”

“Manchester’s tragic loss underscores the purpose of your years of study and training at this elite school. We must never permit murderers to define our time or warp our sense of normal. This is not normal … Our strategy right now is to accelerate the campaign against Isis. It is a threat to all civilized nations. And the bottom line is we are going to move in an accelerated and reinforced manner, throw them on their back foot. We have already shifted from attrition tactics, where we shove them from one position to another in Iraq and Syria, to annihilation tactics where we surround them. Our intention is that the foreign fighters do not survive the fight to return home to North Africa, to Europe, to America, to Asia, to Africa. We’re not going to allow them to do so. We’re going to stop them there and take apart the caliphate.”

The Manchester Attack is just one example of a loss of innocent life that has been exploited by western media and used for political gain. The loss of 22 innocent lives in England was used by the U.S. to justify going on to take nearly 500 innocent lives that have been blatantly ignored by the media.

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Following the Manchester Attack, an attack near London Bridge in June killed eight civilians, bringing the total up to 30 deaths so far in 2017.

In 2016, terrorist attacks in Germany, France and Belgium killed 130 civilians.

In 2015, terrorist attacks in France and Macedonia killed 155 civilians.

In 2011, terrorist attacks in Norway and Belarus killed 92 civilians.

In 2005, a terrorist attack in England killed 52 civilians.

When looking at the last 12 years in Europe, terrorist attacks have taken the lives of 459 civilians. That is still less than the at least 472 civilians that were killed by the U.S. in Syria, just in the last month.

Despite the fact that Americans’ tax dollars are funding the war that has created the sharp increase in civilian deaths, the overwhelming concern that exists among the media and U.S. politicians when it comes to the loss of innocent life in Europe, has been virtually nonexistent when it comes to the loss of innocent life in Syria.

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Rachel Blevins is a Texas-based journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives. Follow Rachel on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
  • John C Carleton

    But-but-but, the evil zionist yankee SOB’s are chosen by “god” to murder innocent people.
    They are sssssssppppppecial. It’s OK when they murder people. Really, if you do not believe that, just ask them!

    • Guy

      I’am sure ISIL and it’s supporters, are thinking exactly the same thing. Except their name for “god” is *Allah.*

      • John C Carleton

        They work for the zionist. CIA is their daddy, MOSSAD is their mama. It is just different members of the same zionist crime family.

        • Guy

          Lordy! You sure have learned all the *Right Buzzwords.* Dose that come to you naturally or is something that you picked up in School or on the Street ? Or maybe it’s from watching MSNBC late at night !

          • John C Carleton

            Comes from being bred to be sheep farmer for thousands of years. Comes from being bred to fight wars, to hoodwink the sheep for thousands of years. comes from having all those devious, double, triple, quadruple backstabbing subtifuse come natural to me, so i understand the game.
            I however, choose not to be on the side of evil.
            Thats why you are on the side of evil, but i am not, because i choose not to be a butt wipe. But if i were to be one, i would be on the top of the heap, and i would use low level minions like you to wipe my feet.

          • Pat Riley

            This is the kind of animal the Elites create with their games He is not to blame for his Stupidity if he were to go hunting for Jacob Rothschild and those responsible for his pain I’d be honored to go with what he says but this sheep farmer is going to the slaughter like his sheep.

          • John C Carleton

            The “elites” are adulterated bloodlines. You will find that somewhere around 1500-1600 on, the usury scum started marring into the bloodline families. This gave America such scum as for example, Eisenhower who shoved it up the rear of America. Thats why Patton was murdered. he was from a bloodline that refused to intermarry with the zionist usury scum. he said he was going to resign, go home and tell Americans the truth. if he had been allowed to do this eisenhower would never have been elected, and perhaps America would not be the s#it hole it is today. Thats why they murdered him.
            Any one advocating violence and revolution are either fools or zionist trolls.
            If one is ignorant of reality, they are doomed to be used like a prostitute.

          • Guy

            Look it up ! Patton was a ego maniac, that committed suicide at the end of WW II. Because he had nothing else to do and the war was over ! He shot himself in the head with one of his pearl handled revolvers.

          • John C Carleton

            You seem to enjoy making a fool out of yourself. Carry on.

          • Guy

            A fool for saying a truth, as opposite of your dumb as a brick half truths. Grovey, I’ll take it !

          • Guy

            I suggest that if you want to see the fool. Just look in the mirror at the one staring back at you !

          • Diogenes Diaz

            Really–how old are you ?5? Or maybe just dumb?

          • Jim Edwards II

            Patton did not die from suicide. He died as a result of an embolism. His death was highly suspicious however, including the accident that put him in the hospital in the 1st place. It was rumored to be an assassination as soon as it occurred. Fact check……Google has tons of it, and it’s free.

          • Guy

            I have been apparently corrected.

          • Stephen Coyle

            Guy,the cia don’t support you,or tell the truth

          • Guy

            I don’t dispute the article at all, and the body count is probably not even close to actual reality. In Syria over half a million dead and counting, because the Dentist *Dickheaded* Dictator, calls the people who have revolted against him Terrorist, in order to justify the slaughter.

            I just object to your diatribe of catch phrases and rerun quotes, that you use to describe everybody that does not think like you. So you put a label on em. I guess that’s done so you feel better about yourself, when you call em *Sheep & Zionist. How easy that must be to name call, as is the same type of reactions from the “He’s Not My President Crowd* of unhappy street folks, that use words like, Islamophobes or Neo Natsies, being used to put all thouse that are not of the same narrow minded people, into a nice pretty box of catch phrases.

          • John C Carleton
          • Guy

            Whatever !

  • Lawrence Pearson

    How many medals do they get for killing 137 children in one month . It’s a good thing nothing like this ever happened before on earth . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_crimes_against_the_Polish_nation

  • Griping Sailor

    War is H E L L.

  • Sumit Tamrakar

    This is really sad and heart-breaking…

  • Pat Riley

    Actually the elites bet each day on the numbers of dead in Iraq and Syria And we are all just toys for their amusement

  • Norman Elliott

    It really is telling how so many comments are snarky, or cavalier, or sarcastic and practically absent of any real empathy.

  • David

    It’s a war, you idiots. Nazis bombed major cities full of civilians for years as did the U.S., as did Japan and Russia, and all other major players in war. Soldiers don’t fight on abandoned fields and forests. ISIS has killed thousands out of pure hatred with no intent of winning a war. Reality is, continued rule by despots kills far more civilians over time than the ones killed by attempts to stop the despots. Millions killed by Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, Hitler, Hussein, etc. Civilians never win. That’s the reality of war. As long as people exist, so will war exist. There are no unicorns and there never will be lasting peace.

  • Greenbean950

    Ms. Blevins, thank you for adding to an open and honest conversation that is desperately needed!

  • Jeff Ford

    So the jihadis have only killed 452 people in 12 years? I’m sure they can find someone gullible enough to believe that