The U.S. Has Been At War For Over 220 In 241 Years

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The United States presents itself to the world as a beacon of liberty and a proponent of human rights around the world, ready and willing to stand up for and defend the downtrodden. Florida Senator Marco Rubio recently said that the world looks to the U.S. as an example of democracy. This myth is not believed outside of the United States’ borders, and decreasingly within. There is simply too much evidence to the contrary.

The U.S. has been at war for over 220 of its 241 year history. During that time, it has shown a complete lack of respect for the human rights of both the citizens of the nations against which it wages war, and its own soldiers. We’ll take a look at examples from recent history, and see how the U.S. continues these barbaric practices today.

Source: Wikipedia

During the U.S. war against Viet Nam, which lasted for several years, conservative estimates indicate that at least 2,000,000 men, women and children were killed. Entire villages were burned; soldiers were told to assume that anyone, of an age, was the enemy.

U.S. soldiers gave poisoned cookies to children seeking their help. The My Lai massacre, in which between 350 and 500 innocent people were killed, mostly women, children and elderly men, garnered international publicity, but was only one example of U.S. barbarity.

U.S. soldiers returned home from this and later wars with severe physical and emotional problems. Veterans’ organizations worked for years to have the effects of ‘Agent Orange’, a chemical defoliant used in Viet Nam that caused birth defects in the children of soldiers who used it, recognized by the government so they could get government assistance. A generation later, the reality of Gulf War Syndrome was denied for years by the U.S. government.

How does this continue in the current environment? When the U.S. invaded Iraq early in the administration of President George Bush, it bombed residential areas in a country where over half the population was under the age of 15. It destroyed government institutions, even as it protected oil lines, leaving millions of people without essential services.

In Yemen, drones have killed at least 6,000 people. In the first drone attack authorized by then President Barack Obama, 34 people were killed. Of these, two were suspected of having ties to so-called terrorist groups. The other 32 were innocent men, women and children. And these atrocities continue to this day.

In Syria, the U.S. is supporting radical groups that are causing untold suffering. At least one third of the population of Syria has fled their homes; recently, due to the efforts of the Syrian army and its allies, some have begun to return. The death toll, directly attributable to the actions of the U.S., is at least half a million.

When it comes to a nation’s need to defend itself, the U.S. again has no equal when it comes to hypocrisy. Palestinians who defend themselves with rocks against the U.S.-provided weaponry with which Israel kills and oppresses them, are called terrorists. IDF terrorists and settlers, also terrorists, living in the West Bank in violation of international law, kill unarmed Palestinians with impunity.

What does all this mean for the basic human rights of the people whose nations fall victim to U.S. imperialism? Death, disease, homelessness, life in refugee camps, hunger, lack of medical care, lack of education opportunities, and much more.

The United States, despite its own claims to the contrary, has one of the worst records of human rights abuses of all the countries on the planet. They are worsened in war time, and as I mentioned earlier, the U.S. has been at war almost constantly since 1776.

This is the United States, that self-proclaimed beacon of peace and justice. This is international hypocrisy at it most blatant and deadly. People within the U.S. and without are working tirelessly to resolve these issues, but they are opposed by powerful interest groups. Yet such shocking cruelty and violations of international law and the human right of millions of innocent people cannot continue forever. The end of the injustices perpetrated by the United States will be a welcome day around the world.


Blue Balls (not verified) Sat, 07/08/2017 - 20:50 Permalink

America was founded by money counterfeiters attracted to theft and we continue to be a criminal cartel. And?The only decent solution to this theft was and still is gold as money.

tmosley Okienomics Sat, 07/08/2017 - 22:14 Permalink

Sorry, but communists are not humans, and Indians are communists. That is why they lived in such absolute poverty and violence.Given an education of what communists do to people like you (the Indians themselves would not hesitate to scalp you and leave you for dead, rape your wife and your mother before taking them to be tortured to death, and kidnapping your children to boost their floundering numbers), I suspect you would feel much the same.

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Giant Meteor tmosley Sat, 07/08/2017 - 23:35 Permalink

Here is a good read on the practice / custom of "scalping" one's enemies if you are interested .."The Seneca leader Cornplanter was perhaps the first to suggest Europeans imported scalping, in 1820, but the idea didn't become prominent till the 1960s and '70s. By then contrary evidence was mounting, but let's concede an important point: scalping has a long history in the Old World. Herodotus recorded scalping by ancient Scythians in central Asia, and archaeologists have since unearthed skulls with likely scalping marks at Scythian sites. Evidence indicates Europeans were scalping from the Stone Age till as late as 1036 in England."… europeans had brought their own various methods, barbarity, tortures and henious acts .. no need to scapegoat the injuns. Have a bit of respect for history for Christ's sake ..Apparently taking a bit of flesh and hair, became a practical matter, rather than taking the entire head ..Aside from this, I picked out this special quote for you."Conversation was never begun at once, nor in a hurried manner. No one was quick with a question, no matter how important, and no one was pressed for an answer. A pause giving time for thought was the truly courteous way of beginning and conducting a conversation. Silence was meaningful with the Lakota, and his granting a space of silence to the speech-maker and his own moment of silence before talking was done in the practice of true politeness and regard for the rule that, "thought comes before speech." - Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux Chief   

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Krungle tmosley Sun, 07/09/2017 - 11:26 Permalink

So the Europeans came to this continent and didn't hesitate to torture, rape and kill their way across the continent. All capitalist countries have amazing levels of poverty and violence. Humans suck. Did you have some other point, or are you making up shit to prove the exceptionalism of Europeans despite the long, documented history of Europeans and their North American descendents leading the world in barbarism, murder, and poverty-making bullshit economics?  

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OverTheHedge tmosley Sun, 07/09/2017 - 02:14 Permalink

There is nothing wrong with small groups of individuals sharing resources, shelter and effort to work to a common good. It is actually the ONLY way that humans without technology can survive. It is normal and natural to the human condition. Monks do it in monasteries, nuns in the bath etc.NNothing to get genocidal about.I would agree that forcing entire nations into the Hunter-gather ethos is a problem, and tends not to end well. For some reason, there are people who wake up in the morning, and think that a good deed for the day is to take over the world, and make everyone do what they are told. These people, who are incredibly dangerous, need culling at birth, or before. I would happily vote for a pre-crime system if it could weed out potential communist dictators.

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Lordflin tmosley Sun, 07/09/2017 - 08:25 Permalink

The human creature is a barbaric savage... myself included. Some of us do better than others in terms of fighting our baser natures. So far as the Indians are concerned their way of life... and I realize there were numerous tribes of differing philosophies... was unable to compete with the Western invasion... either in terms of technology or organization. So far as our advanced civilization goes, there is little advanced about it. We have learned a few magic tricks which we associate with the same unknowable forces we always have, but so far as wisdom goes we could learn a great deal from the Indians of the past, or our own ancestors for that matter, as wisdom is a thing long forgotten.

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Giant Meteor BullyBearish Sat, 07/08/2017 - 22:58 Permalink

Great Idea ..."What does all this mean for the basic human rights of the people whose nations fall victim to U.S. imperialism? Death, disease, homelessness, life in refugee camps, hunger, lack of medical care, lack of education opportunities, and much more."When other nations grow short in supply, in the spreading of all this love, I have no doubt that govern-mental attention's will increasingly be turned upon the USA's very own citizens, especially as more, and more former sheeple catch on to the gargatuan scam .. as it will be increasingly revealed, made more apparent, in shorter and shorter time spans. The entire globe is a powder keg, looking for a match.They hate us for our freedoms. and so we must, we must, through various policies of death, maiming, and destruction, oppression of other peoples resource rich nations, the pursuit of oppression of other peoples, imposition of our own death cult, on other cultures, because we must, we must show them exactly what they're missing .. by oppressing, subjugating, and murdering them ..."We Think the Price Is Worth It"Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price--we think the price is worth it."--60 Minutes (5/12/96)sociopath[soh-see-uh-path, soh-shee-] noun, Psychiatry.1.a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.A description to be liberally applied to the vast majority of so called "leaders" of the west ..

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Vuke Croesus Sat, 07/08/2017 - 21:53 Permalink

Now, now, Croesus, take it easy. Bombing the Mid-East into the stone age has enriched the MIC and the economy no end.  Think of the jobs created, the inventive weapons devised and think of the benefits to children, ours that is. Not to metion of course all the economic activity generated by the huge upsurge in security activity.  NSA, CIA and FBI being worked to the bone and forced to hire more and more.  And, as the SHTF really hard we'll be able to fall back on our PM's and (maybe) follow it all on the net.  Exceptionalism is a virtue, not a disease, unless cultivated by other countries.  It's a pity the rest of the world does not get it.

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There Sat, 07/08/2017 - 20:54 Permalink

And, we currently spend more than the next 20 largest counties combined on war making materiels and activities.Cutting the state dept Budget will add to the possibility of yet more war like activities.We are the face of WAR to the rest of the world.All to protect the interests of Corporations and oil interests.

fulliautomatix There Sun, 07/09/2017 - 03:53 Permalink

It is too late to defund: they're already self-funding on the interest on the interest. By maintaining a strangle-hold on the oil price (with the connivance of the Saudis et allii) they continue to gouge the wealth from the consumer. The odd foreign contract (Ukraine, Syria) comes up from time to time, but backng slave owners only ever gives you the rent from a slave economy - nowhere near the returns from a "free" society. As far as I can tell, this is most of the political problem in the US at the moment: the groups that have taken the last twenty years profits through rent-seeking legislation have left nothing for those who don't have investments in the MIC. The diversification into the healthcare industry hasn't worked and the illegal drugs scene is rarely beneficial for the economy as a whole (not that they give a fuck, which is why it is all falling apart). The reversion to inherited positions of power has left them without the intellectual capability to make their plans work, which is why you get the Arab Spring and other such fuck-ups.

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Falcon49 fulliautomatix Sun, 07/09/2017 - 07:37 Permalink

The MIC is not an end unto is a tool, just as many other components of the system.  War is waged on many fronts, not just militarily.  The problem for the system is that they or it does not get the returns of a "free" society.  That is the point of creating a slave begins with creating dependency and ends with total control and slavery. 

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Falcon49 There Sun, 07/09/2017 - 07:22 Permalink

You have a lot to learn about the State it is intimately involved in defining "Nation Interest" and the actions/tools used to support what is defined as in our "National Interests".  In addition, it is very closely associated with key components of the intelligence community.  Increasing its budget allows it to do more mischief and create more havoc around the world.

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Krungle tmosley Sun, 07/09/2017 - 11:45 Permalink

The smallpox virus was not endemic to the America's. Therefore the natives could not have gotten smallpox without being "gifted" it by dirty, unsanitary Europeans (who had long been breeding nasty microbial diseases in their cities because they couldn't figure out basic sanitation that the Romans had mastered two thousand plus years before....). Give me a fucking break. As for germ theory, the Greeks had figured it out circa Galen and earlier (insofar as the notion that infections can pass to person to person via an unseen medium). Isidore of Seville, circa 500ish AD had already figured out there were plague bearing "seeds," and both the Chinese and Indians had figured out smallpox vaccinations prior to 1000AD. So do not be intentionally obtuse--humans may not have had microscopes, but they were smart enough to figure out that there were infectious agents that could travel between person to person and make people sick. And people damn well knew that someone who died of smallpox while swaddled in a dirty blanket could transmit the illness via the blanket. It did not require germ theory to come to this conclusion, just observation. Even ignoring the intentional and unintentional spread of diseases to the Americas, how on Earth can you justify murdering someone for their land? And don't give us the nonsense that they were "communists" (and that is no justification either Cold Warrior....). Since there were ways to share the land and come to equitable deals with the natives, you cannot justify taking the route of sociopathy because people wanted "stuff." The other reason, "because God wanted us to" is also a non-starter. The only justifiable use of force is if someone attacked you first. And yes, being a coughing, sweating, pox covered person wandering into someone else's homeland is violence and justifies you getting an arrow in the head. Stay home if you're sick. 

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