murder bad. murder very bad. but thousands of american-funded murders go on every day in the rest of the world, and you don’t see americans having vigils for those people. thanks for some much-needed PERSPECTIVE
Chelsea, it’s probably not fair to call every death resulting from these conflicts a murder. But I agree with your basic premise. Each one is regrettable, too many are avoidable. And worst of all (and this has been especially true since the 1960s), most Americans never learn about most of these killings, which we pay for and which are carried out in our name.
For an eerily appropriate example, consider The Other September 11 — on that date in 1973, Augusto Pinochet’s U.S.-backed terrorist regime killed Chilean President Salvador Allende and took over Chile’s government. Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship killed an estimated 3,000 people and he went on to rule Chile for nearly 17 years.
So 3,000 people die in Chile with our government’s admitted support, and most people never hear a whisper about it. But 3,000 die in New York and even a year later nobody can escape the 9-11 media barrage.
(If you’re wondering what the hell Chelsea and I are talking about, aside from the Pinochet affair, here’s the tip of the iceberg.)