On Tuesday, the country learned that it is indeed possible to hold government agents accountable when they kill people. Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd on video and he was subsequently convicted for it. This is how the legal system is supposed to work. Unfortunately, however, it is extremely rare to prosecute even the low level killers and utterly impossible to go after the high level mass murderers — even when they kill tens of thousands of people — and admit to it.
The reason it is impossible to go after this elite group of super killers is because society has been conditioned to accept this mass murder as part of life. Not only do most people unquestioningly ignore mass murdering psychopaths laying waste to hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women, and children, many Americans cheer it on.
For decades, Americans have been spoon fed propaganda which has conditioned them to accept the invasion of other countries and the slaughter of their citizens as patriotic. We are told from children that these evil people hate our freedom and if we don’t occupy their country and bomb their cities, we will be less free. As stupid as this sounds, it has been an effective tool to sell the masses war for decades.
Imagine for a moment that you had just sat down for dinner with your family when you hear drones flying over head. You and your family were about to take your first bite, when out of nowhere, hell fire missiles rain down from unmanned drones in the sky and blow up dozens of your neighbors, your children, spouse, or other family members, maiming and tearing limbs from dozens more. Imagine if this happened inside the United States. Imagine the reaction from politicians and the US war machine looking to right this wrong.
Would you, as an American citizen sit idly back and accept the excuse given by the country who carried out that attack? Would you accept the wholesale slaughter of your family and fellow citizens by the dozen if the country who led the attack said it was a mistake and we did it to “help” you? What if it was one of your children killed in the attack? Or your brother, sister, father, mother, or grand parent? Would you simply accept that this slaughter was a mistake and the “help” you are receiving from this country is worth it?
Well, that is exactly what the United States has been asking the citizens of Afghanistan and Iraq to do on a regular basis — hundreds of thousands of times since 9/11 and 72,000 times in just the last three years. And this tactic has allowed US presidents and their mass murdering cabinets to literally get away with murder for years.
Since just 2015, the US war machine has dropped over 133,000 bombs on people living in the desert on the other side of the planet. Before Trump took the murderous torch of war from Barack Obama, for 8 years, the drone king slaughtered the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya. Like Trump, Obama took the torch from the previous mass murderer, George W. Bush, whose administration played a key role in lying to Americans to get them to accept the wholesale slaughter of brown people in the name of “freedom.”
Now it is Biden’s turn, and he wasted no time, launching a unilateral and illegal strike on Syria within his first two months in office.
Since Bush uttered his famous ‘you’re either with us or with the terrorists’ phrase back in 2001, hundreds of thousands of bombs have rained down from the sky in the Middle East, falling on villages, schools, hospitals, and turning cities to rubble. Since 2001, hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians have been murdered by US puppets in the White House and these people admit it.
Instead of trials or prison time, however, these mass murdering psychopaths retire to their million dollar mansions as those who expose their war crimes rot in prison like Julian Assange and Daniel Hale. This has to change.
If you are one of those people who thinks dropping tens of thousands of bombs on brown people on the other side of the planet somehow makes us “safer,” you are unfortunately and sadly mistaken. It does the opposite and it is bankrupting the country — both morally and financially.
In spite of countless drone bombs raining down from the skies, hellfire and tomahawk missiles flattening buildings, and mass graves filled with collateral damage in the form of dismembered children, the US has absolutely nothing to show for it except physically and psychologically damaged veterans and a massive multi-trillion dollar debt.
As The Nation noted, that estimate does not include several factors such as “the psychic costs to the Americans mangled in one way or another in those never-ending conflicts. They don’t include the costs to this country’s infrastructure, which has been crumbling while taxpayer dollars flow copiously and in a remarkably—in these years, almost uniquely—bipartisan fashion into what’s still laughably called ‘national security.’”
The truth is that since 9/11, the US and their NATO allies have fostered a breeding ground for extremist and fundamentalist groups by carrying out unchecked mass murder.. As Americans have sat back and said nothing over the last two decades, the military industrial complex was sowing the seeds for perpetual war, which left unchecked will inevitably lead to the demise of the American empire or total human annihilation—whichever comes first.
It is high time we hold these warmongers accountable for their crimes before it is too late.