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Sat Jan 10, 2015, 02:03 AM

Response to Paris massacre is a Knee-jerk lefty reaction

Knee-jerk lefty reaction to Paris massacre: blame it on US foreign policy.
I'm not defending US foreign policy but killing journalists or killing school children, or pouring acid on school children, or beating, killing and raping women is not opposition to US foreign policy. If they want to mount a symbolic protest of US policy, why don't they attack a US army base?

Plenty of them around.
But it is easier to attack defenseless people.

Get real. These are not freedom fighters. These are murderers.

Does anyone remember El Salvador and Nicaragua in the '80's? Brutal US foreign policy did all it could to keep these countries under dictator's hands. People resisted the US. They did not kill journalists or school children.

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Reply Response to Paris massacre is a Knee-jerk lefty reaction (Original post)
ellenrr Jan 2015 OP
NaturalHigh Jan 2015 #1
Katashi_itto Jan 2015 #2
RobertEarl Jan 2015 #3
Katashi_itto Jan 2015 #5
muriel_volestrangler Jan 2015 #7
NewDeal_Dem Jan 2015 #4
Live and Learn Jan 2015 #6

Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 02:11 AM

1. "They did not kill journalists or school children."

Are you sure about that?

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 02:15 AM

2. REVISE HISTORY MUCH?

 

Over the course of 1980, the Salvadoran Army and three main security forces (National Guard, National Police and Treasury Police) were estimated to have killed 11,895 people, mostly peasants, trade unionists, teachers, students, journalists, human rights advocates, priests, and other prominent demographics among the popular movement.

Human rights organizations judged the Salvadoran government to have among the worst human rights records in the hemisphere

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Response to Katashi_itto (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 02:22 AM

3. Those were supported by the US

 

The people - the freedom fighters- didn't go around killing innocents. They got killed.

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Response to RobertEarl (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 03:50 AM

5. I agree with that. The way the poster reads sounds different

 

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Response to Katashi_itto (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 05:30 AM

7. The 'they' in 'they did not' refers to the previous plural noun, ie 'people'

I think that should be the usual way to interpret it at first glance, and even if you didn't read it that way at first, then it's worth re-reading something you think is wrong, before replying that you're outraged by it.

The last 2 sentences could be re-written as:

"People resisted the US, and did not kill journalists or school children. "

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 02:29 AM

4. I didn't hear the perps saying they were striking a blow against US foreign policy. didn't hear

 

any "Knee-jerk lefty" (as opposed to the pragmatic -- what? Conservatives? at DU) saying that the perps killed the journalists in response to US policy. Didn't hear anyone here call them freedom fighters.

What I did hear is that US policy has set the muslim world on fire, and incidents like this are blowback to the sometimes deliberate, and sometimes inadvertent, radicalization sponsored by the US and other western actors.

PS: the US and its proxies kill journalists and school children.

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Response to NewDeal_Dem (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 10, 2015, 05:27 AM

6. +1 nt

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