By Ralph Nader
The lifeless bodies of Afghan children lay on the ground before their funeral
ceremony, after a NATO airstrike killed several Afghan civilians, including ten children
– Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Naimatullah Karyab)
An Associated Press photograph brought the horror of little children lying dead outside of their home to an American Audience. At least 10 Afghan children and some of their mothers were struck down by an airstrike on their extended family household by order of President Barack Obama. He probably decided on what his aides describe as the routine weekly “Terror Tuesday” at the White House. On that day, Mr. Obama typically receives the advice about which “militants” should live or die thousands of miles away from drones or aircraft. Even if households far from war zones are often destroyed in clear violation of the laws of war, the president is not deterred.
These Obama airstrikes are launched knowing that very often there is “collateral damage,” that is a form of “so sorry terrorism.” How can the president explain the vaporization of a dozen pre-teen Afghan boys collecting firewood for their families on a hillside? The local spotter-informants must have been disoriented by all those $100 bills in rewards. Imagine a direct strike killing and injuring scores of people in a funeral procession following a previous fatal strike that was the occasion of this processional mourning. Remember the December 2009 Obama strike on an alleged al-Qaida training camp in Yemen, using tomahawk missiles and – get this – cluster bombs, that killed 14 women and 21 children. Again and again “so sorry terrorism” ravages family households far from the battlefields.
If this is a war, why hasn’t Congress declared war under Article 1, Sec. 8 of the U.S. Constitution? The 2001 Congressional Authorization to Use Military Force is not an open-ended authorization for the president. It was restricted to targeting only nations, organizations or persons that are determined to have been implicated in the 9/11 massacres, or harbored complicit organizations or persons.
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Doesn’t this bother anyone else?
People… If you don’t speak out and try to change the actions of our leaders you are complicit to the murder of women and children…
Through our actions as a country, we are creating the hate and ultimately the results…
It is just a matter of time until children here get murdered the same way. Who will you blame then?
The image of the military as being good and necessary is a farce.
The people have been culturally programmed to believe that we need this giant, out of control, military force. And that we all owe those that serve and have served in the armed forces…For taking part in legitimatized murder, for money, at the orders and whims of political leaders? For creating and fomenting turmoil and killing all over the planet? For protecting our freedom and democracy?
And I am not saying the people that proudly serve in the armed forces are bad, I’m saying the reasons for their actions are wrong…(based on lies)!
And we are so hooked on the business of killing..Lockheed, Boeing,Raytheon, Dell, Dupont, etc.. The people that work at the companies and industries that support the military/industrial complex are especially complicit!
I know they work at what are some, if not most, of the decent paying jobs, but C’mon…And the money that goes to pay for all this could be used for something positive for all of us, instead of lining the pockets of a few..
Wake up! Every moment of your life you are being lied to as to what is really going on in our government, economy, world, etc…