US Military Burn Woman, Children Alive in Homes Same Week as Manchester Bombing

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A man in Syria is devastated as he looks for his loved ones amongst the rubble.

Keeping the civilian casualties abstract during war is one tool the government uses to temper down public perceptions of the damage done by the western military.

Western exceptionalism has caused unprecedented misery, trauma and bloodshed. Not accepting the US and other western nations’ roles that have played out in provoking war in the Middle East, and terrorism, only leads to more devastation and zero accountability.

Rafi Ahmed Mahmoud Al Rashidi (Facebook) along with his 2 sisters and grandmother died in 2017 coalition airstrikes in Mosul while they slept in their beds.
Zakariah Thahir (Facebook) lost his life in coalition airstrikes in Jan. 2017 after a missile targeted their Mosul home.

Without knowing the back story of a civilian slaughtered in war, the public opinion is forced into neutrality or worse, apathy. In sharp contrast, any terrorist attack on Western soil leads the media to report in vast detail each civilian death, their name, their dreams, their future lost.

The leveling of the media playing field – where the Fourth Estate’s primary responsibility to the public rests – would place the dead Iraqi or Syrian child found bloodied under rubble, post US military or Saudi airstrike, equal to the dead child in Manchester.

And this is what the US government wants to avoid. For if we suddenly sympathize with the family mourning the loss of their loved ones in a Middle Eastern nation, the war is suddenly reduced to more questions than answers. The public will find it difficult to justify any war.

Just recently, one Iraqi journalist reported that US bombings had “caused the deaths of more than twenty civilians who were burned in their homes, mostly women and children.”

Rephrased: Innocent women and children were burned alive in their homes because of the US military bombing campaign.

As The Intercept’s founders’ Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill discuss with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez on Democracy Now! “What if all victims of war received the [same] media attention of the Manchester victims?” Yes, the Manchester victims were gut wrenching. So are the burning of children alive in their homes – no matter where they are. Where is the compassion?

Again, the government doesn’t want us feeling anything. Their job is to keep the western civilian numb.

The Syrian Observatory for Rights, Airwars and the human rights group Reprieve have reported that US air raids alone have killed over 265 civilians, a quarter of them being children in just the last 2 months. The bulk of these deaths happened in the same fortnight as the Manchester bombing.

We don’t know the names of children dying in these provinces in the Middle East. Imagine if the discrepancy between reporting in detail on the civilian in Manchester or any of the victims of violence perpetrated by the western governments and US coalitions stopped, Greenwald argues. Our perception would change.  Casualties of war are continually kept “abstract” and “distant.”

The real image of US air coalition airstrikes in New Mosul, Jan. 2017.

“If there was just some attention paid to telling the stories of the victims of our own governments violence I think there’d be a radical shift in how we perceive it ourselves, the role we play in the world, and who bears blame in this conflict,” Greenwald explains.

Putting it into context, Trump’s new arms deal with the Saudis (valued at an immediate $110 billion) will see the poorest Middle Eastern nation razed to the ground by proxy. The largest humanitarian crisis isn’t the refugees flooding Europe, it’s those in Yemen caused by a US-backed Saudi coalition.

But where’s the Fourth Estate’s voice when documenting that? Where’s the balance?


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  1. “Fair and Balanced” reporting is a joke. A very bad one. How ironic, that propaganda, the very tool we accuse other nations of using, is used on ourselves. Sad little cattle. The 1% owns CNN and FOX. They are both bending your ears and turning you against each other while they do bad things in the earth. We have created most of these middle eastern enemies ourselves. Our CIA funded and trained Ben Laden and his men. Our CIA overthrew the democratic government of Iran in the 50’s. All of our enemies are of our own making. Even the tensions we have in South America. Our CIA started riots and funded opposition parties. We were found guilty of war crimes in the Contra affairs. We supported Contra gorillas, who used terrorist attacks and were found guilty of crimes against humanity. WAKE UP COWS! Our government is not as pure and holy as you’d like to think.

  2. The CIA is the Shadow government and runs the deep state.

    The CIA is behind the Las Vegas shootings. We have at least 7 or 8 shooters. Many of them are weapons dealers for the CIA, including Steven Paddock. We have much research done on this. This video is a good place to start –

    New: CIA Agent Whistleblower Risks All To Expose The Shadow Government

    See the links posted on my other comment. As found here –


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