posted on Aug, 30 2013 @ 04:47 PM
Good evening ATS!
A friend of mine linked me this neat little HTML5 visualization, and the current political climate has prompted me to share it here on ATS.
I'm fully aware that a distinction has to be made between the U.S. Government and the people of a nation, that (in my opinion) once used to be
I've read many posts by Americans on this forums who have their patriotic hearts at the right place.
Sadly, there are also those who are compliant, or ignorant about the sinister machinations of their current administration.
So to all those, who claim that only the enemies of the U.S. would ever kill innocent children and civilians by means that can only be described as
dishonourable and cowardly, this might be an eyeopener:
Out of Sight, of Mind
This visualization lists all victims of every known drone strike in Pakistan since 2004.
Less than 2%
of the victims are high-profile targets
. The rest are civilians, children and alleged combatants.
Keep in mind that Pakistan is only ONE
of the countries where drones are deployed by the U.S., and also a country the U.S. is officialy not
in war with
This note by Pitch Interactive is particulary disturbing in my opinion:
The category of victims we call “OTHER” is classified differently depending on the source. The Obama administration classifies any
able-bodied male a military combatant unless evidence is brought forward to prove otherwise. This is a very grey area for us. These could be
neighbors of a target killed. They may all be militants and a threat. What we do know for sure is that they are targeted without being given any
representation or voice to defend themselves.
Again, I'm not posting this to bash the United States, as I said in my disclaimer.
I'm hoping this puts things in perspective a little bit, because I feel thats what the U.S. desperately needs right now.
edit on 30-8-2013 by
ColCurious because: (no reason given)