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All reporting of government accounts of “militant” deaths should include acknowledgment that the US government counts all adult males killed by strikes as “militants,” absent exonerating evidence. Media accounts relying on anonymous government sources should also highlight the fact of their single-source information and of the past record of false government reports.
reply to post by JiggyPotamus
What can we "the people" do?? Have you read "Dirty Wars" by Jeremy Scahill?
We can't protest what we are unaware of - we become aware, via REAL journalism, and we make a fuss, pitch a hissy-fit....
but: WHAT are we supposed to do except "complain"? ETA: And VOTE?
I've written to my congressmen, I've decried this slaughtering as awful, as much as my lowly station allows.
WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO???!!!!
edit on 1/12/14 by wildtimes because: add link
I doubt even the families in Pakistan know that we are trying to stop these unnecessary assassinations of civilians.
It's actions like this that cause people to WANT to join the militants who are providing us with a purpose for war. If we stopped murdering their children, then perhaps the fathers will stop picking up guns.
If we stopped murdering their children, then perhaps the fathers will stop picking up guns.
So, it helps for us to continue posting here. Some of them may very well be here, and spread the word.
I was in a dialogue with a person from India for quite a while, and explained that many Americans - and others - are, in fact, protesting.....this Indian person blames the drone program for the increase in terrorists. Actually, that notion has been around for a while. But, yes, perhaps I'm forgetting that just because I've absorbed something DOESN'T mean that everyone else has.
(As for Pakistanis in general, though - I'm not sure whether even Malala is allowed to 'read the news' like we are!)
Have you read Scahill's book? (Obviously you already are 'on board' with protesting it - but, when one discovers things about Rumsfeld and Cheney and Bush&Co... Ugh.)
But one day they will. It's just a matter of "what will it take".