This blog may be a little short since I am being coerced into going to the shore to sinfully frolic in the surf.
If Trump is impeached, disposed of as president, will this make a difference to American policies? Very, very little. American government is hopelessly corrupt and controlled by the very, very wealthy. The U.S invaded some 70 countries since 1945 BEFORE Trump became president. It killed millions of people to boost profits for American corporations. Dropping Trump will have little effect on all that.
The only hope for a real change would be the election of a Bernie Sanders. But I can't imagine the wealthy will allow that to happen.
The answer is no. Nobody cares. The proper name for this is murder. But American news media call it fighting 'bad guys'.
The targetting of civilians and children in war is not new. It has been standard practice since it was introduced by Winston Churchill in 1920. The U.S. has specialized in it since 1944, at least. Indeed, it was common practice by all the European empires of the last 500 years and more - though without ever saying so.
In a related example, our forefathers happily included women and children in their millions of slave captures. Our Canadian ancestors, incidentally, also experimented with the enslaving of our native peoples. But it didn't work. It was too easy for the slaves to escape into the wilderness. (Funny how most Canadian history books don't mention that.)
Wouldn't it be nice if Canada did this to our tax-dodging billionaires?
Mining companies, including Canadian ones, have a long history of brutal and murderous treatment of people, especially in their operations in countries that can't fight back. (And even if they do fight back, their owners in the U.S., Canada, China, Britain, etc. can always call on troops to be sent in.)
A story that will never appear in the irving press.
The U.S. loves to accuse others of using chemical poisons in war. In fact, far the world leader in using them is the U.S.
Everybody deliberately kills civilians. Everybody. Yes, even Canada. In the Boer War Canadians troops were directly involved in the mass murder of some 15,000 Boer civilians - women, children, the elderly. In 1942, Canadians joined in the bombing of Dresden, a deliberate killing of civilians in a city of no military value. When our NFB made a film about that, the usual suspects roused all the Conservative senators to denounce the film. The Canadian Legion, to its shame, joined in. I was in Ottawa that day to appear before all those Conservative senators who really had no idea what they were talking about. It was Nov. 11, and the hearing room wall was decorated with hundreds of poppies in what I can only call the bastardization of the Senate, of true patriotism, and of Nov. 11.
On that day, I had a talk with a Canadian general who had served in France. He told me of an incident in which Canadian soldiers murdered some 200 German prisoners. The senators denied that, too.
That's what happens in war. It's not just the other side that is evil.
Bernie Sanders is almost never mentioned in the irving press.
These wars are all fought to benefit American billionaires. And they were all paid for by everybody except the billionaires. The Americans (and us) are being bled dry to make our wealthy super wealthy.
This is what we have to do if we are to survive. But it's what we aren't doing.
Our out-to-lunch provincial election campaign in New Brunswick hasn't begun to consider this. The Liberals and Conservatives, in particular, have nothing that could, in any sense, have anything to do with the needs of this province.
The U.S. is a nation in decline. For years now, it has been pushing for a war against China and Russia. It is looking as though it might get one. There is no possibility that anyone could win such a war. And of all the losers, the one to lose most heavily would almost certainly be the U.S.
There must be something to say about the New Brunswick provincial election. But I can't imagine what it might be. The Liberals and Conservatives are coasting along. Neither of them has anything that could be called a platform. But what the hell. Neither party has had much that could be called a platform for 150 years. And the robot voters still vote for them.