The Case for an Australian Militia (IV)

 The Moral Necessity:

I. America’s Tragic Military Past: Indifference and Contempt for Civilians:

a) The massacre of Indians at Wounded Knee, 1890.

b) The killing of civilians in Tokyo.

Tokyo was firebombed on the night of March 9, 1945, by low-flying B-29’s with increased bomb loads. Seventeen hundred tons of bombs were dropped in a densely populated area (an average of 103,000 people per square mile) of twelve square miles. The result was just what one would expect: as many as 100,000 dead, over 40,000 wounded, over 1,000,000 made homeless, over 267,000 buildings destroyed. The water boiled in some small canals because of the intense heat. This was the most destructive air attack in history. It killed more people than the dropping of an atomic bomb.[1]

c) 200,000 Japanese civilians killed at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. . . . My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make wars in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.[2]

d) The bombing of Tokyo by 820 U.S. bombers on August 14, 1945, after the atomic bombs had been dropped and the Emperor had agreed to surrender.[3]

e) The Me Lai massacre in 1968 of hundreds of Vietnamese civilians. The officer responsible (William Calley), was found guilty of the murder of 109 Vietnamese civilians (mainly women, children and old people). Calley was later pardoned and released by President Nixon.

f) 1969-1973: 600-800,000 Cambodians killed by indiscriminate U.S. bombing.

g) Drone attacks today in Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing people on “suspicion.”

Obama is drone-attacking Pakistan. He’s expanded this war greatly. One or 2 million Pakistani refugees have had to leave the Swat Valley. It’s one of the greatest refugee crises since Rwanda. Obama’s bombed Yemen; he’s bombed Somalia; he even threatened Eritrea, this tiny little country near Ethiopia, with invasion.[4]

Thousands of suspected “militants” and civilians have been executed in drone strikes so far. At least 168 children were killed by such attacks just in Pakistan over a seven year period, according to a study released last month by the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The real figure is probably even higher.

But few of the targeted suspects, if any, were formally charged with committing a crime before being blown apart – often with their entire families. Even fewer had been convicted in a court of law.[5]

The US government has made war on Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, resulting in massive destruction of homes, infrastructure, and lives of civilians, all in the name of one lie or the other. In addition, the US government is conducting military operations against the populations of three more Muslim countries – Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, with extensive loss of civilian life in Pakistan, a US ally. Drones are sent in week after week that blow up schools, medical centers, and farm communities, and each time Washington announces that they have killed “militants,” “al Qaeda,” “Taliban leaders.”[6]

h) The U.S. term to describe the percentage of civilian casualties that would result from a bombing raid?  Bugsplat.[7]

i) The 2007 helicopter gunship attack in Baghdad, shooting 18 peaceable, unarmed, innocent civilians in broad daylight using a .50 cal. machine-gun. What was this? Not “collateral damage,” or “unintended consequences of war:” it was State sanctioned murder.

II. The U.S. Attitude: Superiority and Arrogance:

a) Madeleine Albright [former U.S Secretary of State, 1997-2001]: “If we have to use force, it is because we are America. We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see further into the future.”

Albright was asked by Leslie Stahl regarding the U.S. sanctions on Iraq: “We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?”

Albright replied, “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price – we think the price is worth it.”[8]

b) Then there is Guantanamo Bay, abandonment of habeas corpus, the treatment of hundreds of prisoners never convicted of crimes but incarcerated for years, “enhanced interrogation techniques,” waterboarding of  “suspects,” and “confessions” made under duress. (See “Four Corners,” 1/8/2011).

* …the men on white horses who lead… are now permitted to label any person sufficiently evil so as to eradicate all legal protections that normal civil process has long considered necessary, appropriate, and universally applicable.[9]

* The [U.S.] President does not obey the War Powers Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, US and international laws against torture, or any of the laws and procedures that guard civil liberty…[10]


[1] Laurence Vance, “Bombings Worse than Nagasaki and Hiroshima,” Lew Rockwell’s website, 17th August, 2009.

[2] Admiral William Leahy, Truman’s Chief of Staff, in “I Was There,”1950, p.441. Leahy compared the use of the atomic bomb to the treatment of civilians by Genghis Khan, and termed it “not worthy of Christian man” (p.442).

[3]See Wesley F. Craven and James L. Cate, “The Army Air Forces in World War II,” 1953, quoted in Vance, above.

[4] Anthony Gregory, “On War, Obama has Been Worse than Bush,” Rockwell website, 26/8/2011.

[5] CIA has Become “One Hell of a Killing Machine,” Official Says. Alex Newman, Rockwell website, 6/9/2011.

[6] Paul Craig Roberts, “Stuck Pigs and Pressitutes Squeal,” Rockwell website, 16/9/2011.

[7] William Grigg, “Imperial Priorities: Obedience First, Character Last,” Rockwell website, 19/7/2011.

[8] Mike Rozeff, “The World, American Style,” Rockwell website, 26/3/2011.

[9] Ridgeway Knight Foley, “The Essence of the State,” Lew Rockwell’s website, 20/6/2011.

[10] Paul Craig Roberts, “Hail Caesar,” Lew Rockwell’s website, 2/6/2011.

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