Monday March 10, 2014
Terrorism by the NumbersTim King Salem-News.com
Things are quite opposite of how they are presented...
(SALEM, Ore.) - Salem-News frequently covers the illegal occupation of Palestine by Israeli Defence Forces. While Americans constantly hear about Middle east 'terrorists' they rarely consider that Israel is behind ten times, maybe a hundred times more acts of 'terrorism' as defined by any modern dictionary, than their Arab and Persian counterparts. The same holds true for the US 'war on terror'
The concept of a nation/state existing for the benefit of a particular religion has not made for a peaceful last 63 years in the Mideast; since the formation of Israel. The United States, a nation based in religious freedom, backs both Israel's fanatical religious government, and also Afghanistan's.
It seems curious that this country would claim so many lives and spend so much money while tarnishing its reputation worldwide, in the support of the exact type of politics that caused the US to exist in the first place; the politics that leave people screaming for religious freedom.
When it comes to Middle east politics, Americans, who live in a country inhabited by western culture for less than 500 years, frequently say things like, "They've been fighting over there for thousands of years" and this is not true. Along with this nonsense, is the propagandist notion that for Muslims 'Paradise' means having 72 virgins, it is all western hype. The notion of that idea goes against the very foundation of Islam; they are God loving people and sex with virgins is part of the American false information game.
Religious conflict as we know it today, among the monotheistic faiths, is over a thousand years old, but not 'thousands' and Christians have been there for most if not all of the wars that have taken place, starting with the Crusades. Sometimes Christians kill other Christians too, such as during the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland that claimed many lives until recently. That of course once again, was a result of military occupation.
In truth there have only been a few isolated times that a so-called radical Muslim attack has occurred on US soil, or against American people, whereas the United States has slaughtered Muslims by the hundreds of thousands.
Those who believe the official US story on 911 might say, "there are three thousand deaths in that event alone" -which I defy anyone to prove. If it went down as the Bush Administration says it did, the question remains; why is Usama bin Laden not listed as being responsible for the attacks Sept 11th 2001 on his FBI Wanted Poster? There are always more questions than answers.
Even if you tally those reported numbers of people and the casualties from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, aboard the USS Cole and at the Marines in the Beirut barracks and every event in between; you will have a hard time reaching even a small fraction of the number of Muslims that Americans have laid waste to, a tiny fraction.
US Iraq casualties - 4435 according to: AntiWar.com
US Afghanistan casualties - 1462 according to: icasualties.org/oef/
Other deaths of Americans related to so-called 'Islamic terrorists' - 3.093 - according to: Terrorist Attacks in the U.S. or Against Americans published by Infoplease.com.
Just to be fair, we examined the figures currently posted by the right wing group TheReligionofPeace.com, published in Islamic Terror Attacks on American Soil that 3,098 have been killed by Muslims in America in 67 terror attacks.
The Infoplease.com source traces it all the way back to 1920, but the people labeled as 'terrorists' at that point were not Islamic, they were from Puerto Rico. So for the current century and the 20th Century, the total number of Americans ever possibly killed by Muslims in the neighborhood of 8,990 counting those killed in 911 and both wars combined.
The Islamic Revolution began in 1979. The first American death at the hands of Muslims didn't happen until 1982, according to Infoplease.com. The American Victims of Mideast Terrorist Attacks - The Jewish Virtual Library reports that the first American death from Islamic fighters happened in the West Bank in February 1970. Either way it is clear that a long time had passed without Americans dying at the hands of so-called Muslim terrorists.
For all the hype today, it is a relatively new occurrence.
What is important to remember it that everything about the anger of the Muslim world is tied to western and Israeli colonialism. Stealing land, stealing oil, oppressing people; same old problems. The west always simply thought it was entitled to steal from the Mideast; the Israelis still do.
Oil and Israel
The only Mideast nations that have felt the wrath of western forces in recent years, directly or indirectly, with the exception of Afghanistan, are the countries that refuse to accept the legitimacy of Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine, or endorse Israel's cruel treatment of the Palestinian people, complete with apartheid laws that govern and punish Jewish and non Jewish people in distinctly different ways.
Those countries that objected to this cruelty include Iraq and Iran.
The British occupied country after country in previous centuries; exploiting their people and products. Iran, the classical Persia - a culture thousands of years old, was in the sites of the west over oil for much of the 20th century.
Combine the oil with objections to Israel's war crimes, and you have the two reasons Iran is perpetually demonized by western media and politicians, especially by Israel's.
The western theft of Iran's profits was going strong in the early 1950's when the British 'Anglo Iranian Oil Company' - known simply as BP today; refused to pay the Iranians the agreed upon revenues for oil or even open the books to them.
By 1953 Iran's first democratically elected President was talking about nationalizing oil, and that is when the US and UK conspired to take out the Iranian president and ultimately replace him with the Shah who functioned as a western puppet leader for Iran until the Revolution of 1979.
No wonder they were angry by that point; having little or no control of their own nation's wealth and resources for decades.
These were the years when problems between Arab and Israeli people were in full swing. Israeli Zionists believe that 'God gave them the land" (Palestine) that is now called Israel and they use a Biblical interpretation to justify the theft of land from families who have lived in Palestine for endless generations.
It is taking place right this second; Israeli settlers are becoming increasingly violent toward Palestinians and Israel is also seeing the persecution of darker skinned Jews. The place is a mess.
Prior to the huge numbers of refugees moving to Palestine in the late 1940's and building settlements; Muslim, Christian and Jewish people live here in peace. At that time there was a relatively low number of Jewish people, but they had been there consistently to some degree along with everyone else, however most had left long ago.
Today Israeli propaganda machines spin tale after tale meant to excuse the extremely illegal acts their military is constantly accused of. They don't have to be the way they are; using illegal weapons like white phosphorous to destroy the civilian population of Gaza, where Israel murdered over 1400 people in the cruelest way two years ago during 'Operation Cast Lead' which is regarded as little more than a series of aggressive war crimes by the United Nations.
Muslims Replaced Communists as US 'Enemy'
Starting with Ronald Reagan and the covert funding of Iraq's attack on Iran that is known as 'The Iran-Iraq War', the US has been on a roll to draw former allies in the Middle east into a fight.
A US diplomat had given Saddam Hussein the green light to invade Kuwait in 1990; then the first US President Bush, who came into power when the US lacked a substantial enemy like the collapsed Soviet Union; found Iraq to be an easy target.
90% of Americans hadn't even heard of Kuwait.
Propaganda peddled at the time about Iraqi soldiers tossing babies from incubators has been exposed to be a hoax, as was Saddam Hussien's 'meat grinder' in Baghdad; grade A bullshit. The US Air Force mowed down retreating Iraqi soldiers after choking them in a bottleneck which prevented their escape.
Muslim Deaths from the US Military
When Stephen M. Wait wrote the article Why They Hate Us...How Many Muslims Have US Killed In Last 30 Years? in December 2009 for Canadian Content, he related an approach he learned that stands in sharp contrast to the George W. Bush 'Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out' style.
"I heard a different take on this subject at a recent conference on U.S. relations with the Islamic world. In addition to hearing a diverse set of views from different Islamic countries, one of the other participants (a prominent English journalist) put it quite simply. 'If the United States wants to improve its image in the Islamic world,' he said, 'it should stop killing Muslims.'"
When he wrote his piece Wait was intentionally conservative in terms of numbers. Wait tabulated US fatalities from Muslims at 10,325; almost 1500 more than the figure I came up with. He conservatively estimated the number of Muslims killed by the US in Desert Storm, from sanctions on Iraq, fighting in Mogadishu, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (through 1 Dec. 2009) and the 1988 Iranian civilian airliner shot down by a US Navy fighter jet from the aircraft carrier USS Vincennes.
His figure for Muslims killed by the US: 288,000. I believe the number is at least four times larger than that, but say he is right: this places the death ratio at 30 to 1. In this 'war on terrorism' the Americans have killed at the very minimum, thirty times the number of human beings than their perceived enemies in the Middle east.
Enemies created to justify a massive American military industrial complex; that is what it all comes down to, and it helps to remember that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. The money is the only determinate.
Arab people do not worship money the way Americans and Israelis do, at least not the Palestinians; they're too concerned with simply surviving. Israel increasingly uses American money to pillage and imprison this entire culture and Israel miserably fails at its obligation to uphold the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. This is unacceptable and must change.
Those with excessive greed and endless American taxpayer revenue use F-16's to cause widespread murder and mayhem on civilian populations and those without it throw rocks and sometimes fire rockets.
The people with the F-16's steal land from the people who throw rocks. Money is the root of all evil, you figure it out.
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