Friday, March 16, 2012

Massacre As Metaphor

American serial killer symbolizes US foreign policy

By Justin Raimondo

March 16, 2012

"The massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a still-to-be-identified American soldier limns the course of American foreign policy in the post-9/11 era. Think of it: he went out in the dead of night, at three in the morning, armed to the teeth, and snuck into a village where sleeping children were cradled in their beds. Taking careful aim, he knelt and started firing: one after another these young girls and boys had their heads blown off. One news account described a bullet hole right between the eyes of one young victim. That’s some pretty good shooting there, soldier: all that training, financed by the US taxpayers, paid off! His work there finished, our serial killer went to another house, where he repeated his grisly work. After it was over, he gathered the bodies together and set them ablaze, in a display of "shock and awe" and cleansing fire, as if to simultaneously wipe out the evidence of his crimes and appease his Wagnerian sense of the dramatic.

If only the television crews had been there to witness this American Götterdämmerung: it would have made an award-winning shockumentary, the story of a square-jawed over-deployed American soldier and straight-as-an-arrow patriot who just wanted to serve his country and wound up becoming a mass murderer.......

There’s no doubt this President would like to get out of Afghanistan with dispatch, and for the same reason he’s skeedaddled from Iraq – to clear the decks for an all-out assault on Iran. We’ll need those troops, after all, in order to fight Netanyahu’s war, the regional conflict the Israelis and their American lobby are shoving down the throats of American policymakers. America must be the first empire in world history to be effectively dominated by one of its "client" states. In this case, however, it looks like the client has taken over the business......"

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