04
Jul
17

Have You Heard About?


 

Have you heard about…

Kabul truck-bomb toll rises to more than 150 killed.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-blast-idUSKBN18X0FU

How much did you hear about that as compared to the abundance of information flooding the media after terror attacks in the west?

Or how much did you hear about this?

Two weeks ago, the American military finally acknowledged what nongovernmental monitoring groups had claimed for months: The United States-led coalition fighting the Islamic State since August 2014 has been killing Iraqi and Syrian civilians at astounding rates in the four months since President Trump assumed office. The result has been a “staggering loss of civilian life,” as the head of the United Nations’ independent Commission of Inquiry into the Syrian civil war said last week.

“At least 484 civilians have been unintentionally killed by coalition strikes,” the United States Central Command, or Centcom, the military command responsible for the Middle East, said in a June 2 statement.

Estimates by independent monitors are much higher. Airwars, a watchdog group, says coalition airstrikes have killed nearly 4,000 civilians.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/opinion/isis-syria-iraq-civilian-casualties.html

(I’m sure that word “unintentionally” is a real comfort to the families of those killed).

 

See information below about terror attacks in western Europe over the past 47 years – and particularly note the attacks attributed to Islamist terrorism. How do the totals for the whole period compare to the recent numbers off civilian deaths in bombing raids in Syria?

http://www.datagraver.com/case/people-killed-by-terrorism-per-year-in-western-europe-1970-2015

And compare to the US details accessed through the same site, which unfortunately don’t specify which are Islamist terror related. The spike in 2001 is obvious. The one in 1995 reflects the white supremacist attack in Oklahoma :

Taking all of this into account – how rational is the fear of Muslims, particular Muslim refugees trying to escape the horrors of Syria and the bombing of their homes?

And how much ignorance and/or hypocrisy is involved when western “Christians” join in the fear-mongering?

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2 Responses to “Have You Heard About?”


  1. 1 Marleen
    July 4, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_maddow_daumf_170629
    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 6/29/17
    Repeal of 2001 Authorization of Force makes surprising progress
    Rachel Maddow reports on an unexpected bit of progress in Rep. Barbara Lee’s years-long effort to narrow the scope of the post-9/11 Authorization for the Use of Force with the passage of her amendment in the House Appropriations Committee. Duration: 5:34

    http://player.theplatform.com/p/7wvmTC/MSNBCEmbeddedOffSite?guid=n_maddow_elee_170629
    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 6/29/17
    Rep Lee sees Authorization of Force repeal take a step forward
    Congresswoman Barbara Lee talks with Rachel Maddow about her years-long effort to get Congress to reconsider its authorization of the use of force finally seeing some significant bipartisan support with the passage of her amendment in the House Appropriations … more Duration: 3:25

    Hopefully, the individuals in the U.S. who are supposed to authorize see.

  2. 2 Marleen
    July 8, 2017 at 2:18 am

    http://www.newsweek.com/2017/07/07/isis-iraq-thousands-christians-refuse-return-homes-629480.html
    ISIS IS ALMOST DEFEATED IN IRAQ, BUT THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS REFUSE TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMES
    BY TOMMY TRENCHARD AND AURELIE MARRIER D’UNIENVILLE ON 6/27/17 AT 2:17 PM


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