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Newtown kids v. Yemenis and Pakistanis: What explains the disparate reactions? by Glenn Greenwald

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/19/newtown-...

Over the last several days, numerous commentators have lamented the vastly different reactions in the US to the heinous shooting of children in Newtown, Connecticut as compared to the continuous killing of (far more) children and innocent adults by the US government in Pakistan and Yemen, among other places. The blogger Atrios this week succinctly observed:

"I do wish more people who manage to fully comprehend the broad trauma a mass shooting can have on our country would consider the consequences of a decade of war."

My Guardian colleague George Monbiot has a powerful and eloquent column this week provocatively entitled: "In the US, mass child killings are tragedies. In Pakistan, mere bug splats". He points out all the ways that Obama has made lethal US attacks in these predominantly Muslim countries not only more frequent but also more indiscriminate - "signature strikes" and "double-tap" attacks on rescuers and funerals - and then argues:

"Most of the world's media, which has rightly commemorated the children of Newtown, either ignores Obama's murders or accepts the official version that all those killed are 'militants'. The children of north-west Pakistan, it seems, are not like our children. They have no names, no pictures, no memorials of candles and flowers and teddy bears. They belong to the other: to the non-human world of bugs and grass and tissue.

"'Are we,' Obama asked on Sunday, 'prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?' It's a valid question. He should apply it to the violence he is visiting on the children of Pakistan."

Political philosophy professor Falguni Sheth similarly writes that "the shooting in Newtown, CT is but part and parcel of a culture of shooting children, shooting civilians, shooting innocent adults, that has been waged by the US government since September 12, 2001." She adds:

"And let there be no mistake: many of 'us' have directly felt the impact of that culture: Which 'us'? Yemeni parents, Pakistani uncles and aunts, Afghan grandparents and cousins, Somali brothers and sisters, Filipino cousins have experienced the impact of the culture of killing children. Families of children who live in countries that are routinely droned by the US [government]. Families of children whose villages are raided nightly in Afghanistan and Iraq."

Meanwhile, University of Michigan professor Juan Cole, at the peak of mourning over Newtown, simply urged: "Let's also Remember the 178 children Killed by US Drones". He detailed the various ways that children and other innocents have had their lives extinguished by President Obama's policies, and then posted this powerful (and warning: graphic) one-and-a-half-minute video from a new documentary on drones by filmmaker Robert Greenwald (no relation):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf8bnYF-WxE&feature=player_em...

Finally, the Yemeni blogger Noon Arabia posted a moving plea on Monday: "Our children's blood is not cheaper than American blood and the pain of loosing [sic] them is just as devastating. Our children matter too, Mr. President! These tragedies 'also' must end and to end them 'YOU' must change!"

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/19/newtown-...

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The Obama drones aren't aware of the Obama drones

because their niche markets that they get their "news" from don't report them.

Moderator... Add the video:

Moderator... Add the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf8bnYF-WxE&feature=player_em...

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This is a great

argument vs any gun grabbers you might run into. It won't change their minds, but it will highlight the hypocrisy of obama trying to push anti gun legislation on the backs of 20 dead children.

At least it might get them thinking about our foreign policy and how it impacts people on an emotional level outside of a body count number.

You just have to make the point of if obama really cared about children he would stop ordering their deaths.

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The "dehumanization of Muslims" was orchestrated and

propagandized by NeoCons, who engineered the "israelification" of the American culture. . . as eloquently described by Prof. Andrew Bacevich.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-we-becam...

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