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Coming home to roost

When a larger power rules a smaller nation,
some form of violent resistance is to be expected

Miko Peled
predator drone

Predator drone
The past two weeks has seen an increasing media interest in America’s use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), better known as drones.

Medea Benjamin, writing in the Information Clearing House asks “Will Americans Speak Out Against Obama’s Drone Warfare?”

Since that warfare involves only the Obama administration and military plus the people of targeted countries, the chances of critical Americans are slim.

Drones have been used to target supposed terrorists and militants in Afghanistan, Yemen and Pakistan, as well as for surveillance over other countries.

The Predator Drone has been in use longer than most people realize. It was first deployed to the Balkans in 1995, Iraq in 1996 and proved very effective in Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as Afghanistan.

Seumas Milne, writing in The Guardian, says “The undeclared drone war that has already killed thousands is now being relentlessly escalated.”

According to Milne, “At least 15 drone strikes have been launched in Yemen this month, as many as in the whole of the past decade, killing dozens.”

Such “summary executions” have been even greater in Pakistan:
Since 2004, between 2,464 and 3,145 people are reported to have been killed by US drone attacks in Pakistan, of whom up to 828 were civilians (535 under Obama) and 175 children.”

As long ago as May 2002 Richard Muller wrote “I sense that there is movement toward making assassination of ‘evil’ leaders into an acceptable part of U.S. foreign policy. That prospect is horrifying. Yet — if the alternative is war?”

In other words, in order to save American lives, it’s acceptable to murder perceived enemies with flying robots rather than capturing and trying them.

“If the U.S. does turn to the Predator and other weapons of precise destruction as the perfect assassination machines…then we had better be prepared to defend ourselves against the same kind of attack, argues Muller.

Advances in technology may one day bring Predator-like weapons into the arsenals of rogue nations and terrorists, endangering in yet a new way our vulnerable homeland. Are we, to paraphrase Macbeth, teaching bloody instructions, which, being taught will return to plague the inventor? From Macbeth:

If only this blow / Could be the be-all and the end-all right here,/ Only here, upon this bank and shallows of time,/ We’d risk it for the life to come. Only in these things,/ We are always punished here because we teach others / How to murder, and once they learn, they come back / To murder us.

Obama Pastor Wright

Obama and Pasor Wright 2008
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, and Barack Obama’s pastor since 1988, told his congregation in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001, that U.S. terrorism had precipitated Al-Qaeda’s attack.

We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye. We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards.

Wright concluded, somewhat famously, that “America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

The lesson? “Violence begets violence, hatred begets hatred and terrorism begets terrorism.” for the audio of Rev. Wright’s sermon.

Concluded Muller, “The drone war is a predatory war on the Muslim world, which is feeding hatred of the US – and fuelling terror, not fighting it.”

Obama criticized Reverend Wright and finally left Wright’s church. He should now listen.

Audio: Obama’s drones war on women and children.

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14 Responses to Coming home to roost

  1. Ariadna Theokopoulos June 9, 2012 at 2:47 am #

    What “chickens”? No chickens are coming home to roost. If we must stay with an aviary metaphor I’d say they are hawks responsible for both the unprovoked wars and continuing carnage in the ME as well as the 9/11 coup d’etat at home to suspend the Constitution, which then they sold as “blowback” to a certain leftist segment inclined to criticize our aggressions in the ME but unwilling to point to the role of ZPC. They still peddle the story of the muslim chickens, which serves to perpetuate their power.

  2. who_me June 9, 2012 at 3:16 am #

    “Wright concluded, somewhat famously, that “America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

    i thought it was ward churchill who got the flak for mentioning that?

    the connection of israeli/zionist jewish quisling obama to wright should be enough to discredit wright. the hype in the media about him confirms that.

    the crimes america is doing now is nothing new to america. the country has always been a cowardly grouping of rejected parasites preying off those weaker than themselves. what is different is that sometime during the 20th century, the usa started feeling ashamed of their behaviour and began pretending they were something opposite to what they were. they didn’t stop the crimes, they stopped bragging about doing them and began hiding them from public view.

    now with the israeli/jewish zionist coup of america, all those things they used to brag about in the 18-19th century are now “kosher” again. better. they are sodding required.

    there was never a “good guy” america, never anything remotely close. but thanks to israel/zionist jews, the worst of america is now back again mainstream, popular and the promoted american way. the cowardly sods are not ashamed of their crimes any more and are back to bragging about them. chutzpah, with a good ole boi accent.

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos June 9, 2012 at 3:49 am #

      I disagree about Rev Wright. He made that statement immediately after 9/11, which is excusable (we don’t know if he still believes it). To quote him now, with all we know and DON’T know about 911, in support of the official consiacy theory is not so excusable.
      I listened to Rev Wright and read his sermons, or rather the parts that were published by those who sought to incriminate him.
      I could not disagree with him on anything except his conviction that HIV was intentionally spread among African Americans; but I think that if I were black, having growing up in the US with Jim Crow laws and also knew about the Tuskegee experiments in Alabama I too would be inclined to believe the AIDS story. Rev Wright was used by Obama to gain prominence on the South Side of Chicago when he was an unknown and Right was a famous and beloved religious figure
      When he outlived his usefulness and became a liability, Obama threw him under the bus.

      • who_me June 9, 2012 at 4:11 am #

        there is a long history of black preachers being used by the establishment to keep black people in check. as the exposures mount up, the level of duplitious sophistication has to rise to compensate.

        the play between wright and obama in the media was just that, a play. wright got further credibility in the black community and obama got his credentuals as a “progressive”.

        the hiv line is probably close to the truth, it’s also generally accepted in the “black” community (so is variations on the theme of israel/usa behind 9/11 – shocked?). wright is there because he knows how to influence his audience with just the right amount of truth.

        it’s a case where words matter little , but actions and associations, a lot.

        • Ariadna Theokopoulos June 9, 2012 at 4:49 am #

          Are you really familiar with what Wright preaches or are you just stashing him in the drawer of the “long history of black preachers being used by the establishment to keep black people in check”?

  3. who_me June 9, 2012 at 5:27 am #

    “Are you really familiar with what Wright preaches”

    you’re not reading.

    it’s not what they say, but what they do. what they say means fa.

    what did wright say when obama threw him under a bus?

    has wright denounced obama for his war crimes?

    his throwing black people under a bus?

    i’ll bet obama still has wright’s endorsement.

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos June 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

      You may be right. I would like to know what, if anything, he says about Obama now.

  4. etominusipi June 9, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    he [Obama] should now listen

    why now?

    this “should” is the moral imperative of a school of ethics who might be called ‘the Hand Wringers’.

    the implied presumption of ‘should now ‘ is: governments are made up of decent, well-meaning, ethically aware people, who just happen to always do the wrong thing. but, hey!!!, [Blair’s catchphrase] let’s now turn over a page and be the good boys and girls we always should have been…

    the Hand Wringer’s should is the exhortation par excellence of ‘Guardian’ leader articles, greatly developed during their years of collaboraton with the Thatcher regime, the byline of smug middle-class writers utterly convinced of their ethical and intellectual superiority.

    who is its target? who should? it means ‘the government’ (or the governing body of FIFA, or the Maoist guerrila leadership in Columbia, or the dustbin-emptiers union, or the board of licensees, or the Nobel Peace Prize committee, or John Birt, or…should listen to me, and do as i say. they may have got it wrong before, but now these words of wisdom have appeared, and everything must change…it belongs to the school of Lord Reith, and to the unutterably pompous smugness of authority as protrayed in the British film industry in the propagadising 1950’s.

    the Hand Wringers, are, in a very real sense, Archbishops and their ilk, but also bring under a common umbrella the other very reasonable people who reject God because if the world were the creation of a benevolent deity, then buses and trains would never be late, would they? they obviously should run always on time. there, i’ve pointed that out. my all-seeing I has spoken. now get your acts together! all of you! God, the government, the maoist guerrillas, contributors to deLiberation, and, of course, our favourite bunch of megalomaniac ziopaths who have contributed so much to making today’s world what it is.

    cup of tea, anyone? you really should now have something to drink, or your mouth will be dry from reading this.

  5. happeh June 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    “It was first deployed to the Balkans in 1995, Iraq in 1996 and proved very effective in Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as Afghanistan.”

    Oh really now? They had drone technology in 1995?
    Another piece of proof it was drone airplanes that hit the twin towers.

    They had the technology to remotely control those airplanes 6 YEARS before they flew them into the twin towers.

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos June 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

      You mean there was no terrorist on those planes? Then how do you explain that they found Atta’s passport lying intact on top of the rubble? It clearly fell out of his pocket.

  6. who_me June 11, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    Ariadna Theokopoulos

    “You may be right. I would like to know what, if anything, he says about Obama now.”

    wright is critical of obama, how much so, it’s hard to tell. i ran a search, but as usual, the return was mostly that jewish zionist crap that google and yahoo stack their searches with on the first pages. i didn’t feel like wading through it to find something from a credible source. likewise, finding out if wright is endorsing obama for 2012 brought the same heap of unusable rubbish. maybe i should look for his website and see what’s there instead, but i cant be arsed to spend any more time on this. his endorsement of obama in 2008 already tells me what i need to know about the guy.

    to stay credible with the black community, wright would have to be critical of obama now, since black critics of obama far outnumber the praisers, though one probably would n’t know that from the jewish run corporate media.

  7. Ariadna Theokopoulos June 11, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    “black critics of obama far outnumber the praisers, though one probably would n’t know that from the jewish run corporate media.”

    Yes, I read some also.
    Thanks for bothering to try to find something.

  8. Ariadna Theokopoulos June 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    The “chickens coming home to roost” saying fully applies better to the curtailing of the rights of foreign detainees (see below) coming in handy for suppressing the rights of American citizens, whom Obama has arrogated the right to place on his “kill list” wherever they find themselves.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take a new look at the rights of foreign prisoners held for the past decade at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba.
    Four years after pronouncing that detainees who face no charges have a right to challenge their ongoing confinement, the justices rejected appeals arguing that the federal appeals court in Washington has largely ignored the high court’s command.

    There are 169 foreigners remaining at Guantanamo, including the five men who are facing military trials for their roles in the Sept. 11 attacks.
    The justices offered no comment on their orders Monday in appeals from seven detainees.
    Lawyers for the detainees criticized the court for refusing to take up the appeals.
    “By refusing to hear these cases, and any Guantánamo cases since its 2008 Boumediene decision, the court abandons the promise of its own ruling guaranteeing detainees a constitutional right to meaningful review of the legality of their detention,” said Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York.”

    As for Miko Peled’s dictum:
    “When a larger power rules a smaller nation, some form of violent resistance is to be expected” it is great. It works like palindrome too, but with some modifications.
    “When a small (1%) power rules (a) large nation(s), some form of resistance (not yet violent for now) is to be expected.”

  9. Deadbeat June 12, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    what did wright say when obama threw him under a bus?

    Wright was “thrown under” the Obama bus for his defense of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan at the National Press Club. He defended Farrakhan’s and the NOI’s stance against Zionism.

    Clearly if Obama wanted to win the American Zionist vote and maintain good terms with the Jewish own media and continue to obtain Jewish money he had to denounce Wright.