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  •  The US was engaging in a scorched earth policy (5+ / 0-)

    with Operation Ranch Hand. That is illegal.

    The US has been responsible for the killing and maiming of over 10 million people since WWII. Much of it labeled "collateral damage" because the government "didn't mean to do it" and was only bombing for "humanitarian purposes". Nowadays, they don't even officially do a body count of those they kill, directly or indirectly.

    The people in government running these programs knew exactly what is occurring and yet they still continued. All of this was done in the name of making the world safe for capitalism and national security needs such as unfettered access to foreign resources.

    •  I think (0+ / 0-)

      we all agree that Agent Orange was a travesty and a tragedy and confirmation that war is horrific and consequences, both intentional and unintentional are horrible, widespread, devastating.

      We go in to "save" people, "liberate" them, etc., and in the process, tens of thousands of people die.

      The worst thing being is that no matter who is president when this shit flies, it never feels like the right thing to do.  It almost always feel suspect to me, that it's about political maneuvering and money more than for humanitarian purposes.

      We let a lot of people die when their countries aren't associated with oil, or aren't pieces in some other chess game between nations.

      Yet we have had moments of clarity when our voice (not our weapons) have made a real difference.

      The money we spend kicking the hornets' nest in Syria could actually improve the lives of thousands, if not millions. Here. At home.

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