“I Don’t Want to Startle You, but They are Going to Kill Most of US…”

Reading the media coverage of the recent hit on the head of al Quaeda, I asked myself the question: When is a terrorist not a terrorist? Answer: When he works for the government of the United States.

Every time our government makes statements about breaking the resistance of an enemy, the reality is Sherman's march to the sea, the Sand Creek massacre, the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of civilians in the Philiippines, the terror bombing of German cities, and--among the most memorable--the dropping of two atomic bombs on civilian centers, supposedly to dissuade the Japanese from resisting invasion. And the hits just keep coming, two wars against the people in Iraq, the debacle in Afghanistan, and the massive support for the criminal regime in Ukraine.

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Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is president of the Fleming Foundation. He is the author of six books, including The Morality of Everyday Life and The Politics of Human Nature, as well as many articles and columns for newspapers, magazines,and learned journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Greek from the College of Charleston. He served as editor of Chronicles: a Magazine of American Culture from 1984 to 2015 and president of The Rockford Institute from 1997-2014. In a previous life he taught classics at several colleges and served as a school headmaster in South Carolina

7 Responses

  1. Michael Strenk says:

    Short and sweet; Bravo!

  2. Harry Colin says:

    Another well-worn card the US government plays when the fearless leader is rendered clueless and or helpless is an attack on another country or a terrorist. A chance to wave the flag and rally the gullible diverts attention from how horrid the condition of the country is.

  3. Vince Cornell says:

    I haven’t read past the headlines, but from what little I’ve read it seems a new type of non-explosive “Ginsu” missile – instead of just blowing the guy up we apparently sliced him into pieces with high velocity knives.

    How do the scientists and engineers who design this stuff sleep at night? What do they tell their kids, if they have any? It’s like we’re trying to make all the insane torture/murder devices from James Bond and Comic Book villains into real life. It’s not enough we have to drone-blow up an innocent dad loading water jugs into his truck in front of his kids, now we have to make sure we kill the baddies in new, imaginative, and twisted ways. New! From the same humanitarians that brought you napalm and agent orange! Slicing up terrorists but still sharp enough to cut a tomato!

    I can’t believe any other country would want to have any kind of formal treaty with us. I know from hearsay from Korean relatives that, after watching Biden for a year, they think we’ve all gone completely nuts.

  4. William Shofner says:

    I have reached the point in my life that whenever the US federal government tells you something, it is a lie , and whenever the US federal government does something, it is wrong. This approach to our government has proven vastly more correct than not. War is peace; slavery is freedom. Orwell was right. Unreal.

  5. Michael Strenk says:

    I agree with your Korean relatives in their assessment of the U.S. 100% Mr. Cornell and feel much the same about them whenever faced with the thoroughly absurd phenomenon of K-pop. I always thought of the Korean physical type as short, but blocky, powerful and tough, male and female. Where did all of these soy-boy/girl willowy, dancing toothpicks come from?

  6. Vince Cornell says:

    Mr. Strenk – I have asked the question directly to numerous folks (relatives, friends, vague associates) – “What, on earth, is it about BTS that any female on the planet finds attractive?” I have, to date, not received a satisfactory answer. Those dudes have legs thinner than my arms. It completely mystifies me.

    And Korea recently kicked out a President Park Geun-hye for deciding country policy based on what her crooked psychic told her – so for them to be calling us crazy is more than a little on the kettle-pot side of things. But I reckon one has to be really crazy for the crazy people to say, “Dang, what the heck is wrong with that Biden guy?”

  7. Michael Strenk says:

    Mr. Cornell, Did you catch Pres. Brandon’s recent photo op with a popular K-pop boy band? Crazy to the nth degree. They couldn’t have a girl band (How do you really tell the difference?) because Brandon’s olfactory system would have overloaded and shut down his last functioning brain cell. We’ll all go down together. There must be some hardy sane remnant left in Korea. Maybe north of the DMZ.