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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-07-06 09:32 AM
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21. When the US does it, it is not to be mentioned. There is a blatant
'unfairness' which grates on the warrior code for using unstoppable weapons against defenseless targets. We have to keep the moral high ground; therefore, we don't talk about it.

OTOH, accusations of the same against Israel opens the accuser to charges of antisemitism; they have a right to defend themselves, they face a vastly superior (numerically) foe, yadda-yadda. It's like a back-fire, set to stop the real fire.

IOW, the media plays up the outrage against Israel in order to stir up the anti-antisemitism voice, twisting what is normally a decent impulse in the American people. The same media plays down the outrage against the US because there is no comparable anti-antiUS voice, and there really is no defense for such actions.

In all the talk about 'asymmetrical warfare' it is important to note that the US chooses to fight asymmetrically -- use overwhelming force, including Guernica style air attacks against people who have no defense against them, despite the inevitable civilian casualties that will result. The forces they are facing fight asymmetrically because that's all they have - the IED, the sniper, the shoot-and-run mortar and missile attacks are all they have, yet they are castigated for employing the only tactics available against a militarily superior force. There are a lot of people who think of war as a grand adventure, a test of manhood, a struggle between good and evil; our culture, in theory, supports the underdog and believes in fair play. If people were to really understand the 'unfairness' in how we use our military they would recoil -- so we don't tell them. We have to remain being the good guys, no matter how many Fallujahs and Hadithas there may be.
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  -Israeli planes dropping bombs on civilians always seems to be big news NNN0LHI  Aug-07-06 07:59 AM   #0 
  - Sad but true.  jpkenny   Aug-07-06 08:02 AM   #1 
  - Have become?  Vash the Stampede   Aug-07-06 08:04 AM   #3 
  - You didn't answer the question  cali   Aug-07-06 08:04 AM   #4 
     - Seriously  azurnoir   Aug-07-06 08:13 AM   #9 
     - Here in Yoorp  SweetLeftFoot   Aug-07-06 08:21 AM   #12 
        - Sounds like marriage  azurnoir   Aug-07-06 08:36 AM   #15 
     - well, I have expressed outrage all along against US actions  Lerkfish   Aug-07-06 08:16 AM   #10 
     - When the US does it, it is not to be mentioned. There is a blatant  NCevilDUer   Aug-07-06 09:32 AM   #21 
        - You and Marie26 down below have the answer n/t  NNN0LHI   Aug-07-06 09:38 AM   #22 
  - Israel = New News. Iraq = Old News.  Vash the Stampede   Aug-07-06 08:03 AM   #2 
  - Yes, but also they have to depend on the US gov't....  PaulHo   Aug-07-06 08:12 AM   #8 
  - Very true. (nt)  Vash the Stampede   Aug-07-06 08:19 AM   #11 
  - I don't remember our media EVER covering the number of Iraq civillians...  NNN0LHI   Aug-07-06 08:46 AM   #17 
     - You're half right.  Vash the Stampede   Aug-07-06 08:48 AM   #18 
  - That's why they won't let us see pictures of it from Iraq  DoYouEverWonder   Aug-07-06 08:08 AM   #5 
  - See no evil  malaise   Aug-07-06 08:11 AM   #6 
  - One is as bad as the other............  Double T   Aug-07-06 08:11 AM   #7 
  - Because we would have to admit that our killers are doing the same.  Tierra_y_Libertad   Aug-07-06 08:25 AM   #13 
  - #1 Rule for MSM  jdlh8894   Aug-07-06 08:28 AM   #14 
  - ...a number of civilians, mostly women and children, killed or injured...  NNN0LHI   Aug-07-06 08:40 AM   #16 
  - Interviews from BOTH sides? What channel was that on?  The Stranger   Aug-07-06 08:50 AM   #19 
  - It's odd to me.  Marie26   Aug-07-06 08:54 AM   #20 
  - Why is that? We have a relatively controlled media  Sinti   Aug-07-06 09:46 AM   #23 

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