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Monday, July 9, 2012

When will we decide TOO MANY HAVE DIED?

Civilian deaths NATO bombing Libya
Daily Mail UK
Under colors of State killing with impunity
Excerpt, editing, comment by Carolyn Bennett

“Too Many Have Died. ”  Ten-term U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey said this in 2009 when speaking before a session of the U.S. House of Representatives. She continued this way.

“In America we have seen 35,000 of our finest and bravest men and women killed or wounded in battle, and 140,000 of our troops remain in harm’s way today; and the death toll itself does not measure the full human cost of the conflict. ”  She continued.
Hon. Lynn Woolsey
Member of U.S. Congress (Calif.)
It does not include the injured.

It doesn’t include the children who have been orphaned.

It doesn’t include the families devastated by the loss of loved ones and their breadwinners.

It doesn’t include the suffering of the 4 million refugees.

It doesn’t include the countless deaths from indirect causes, including the lack of health care because hospitals were closed and so many doctors were forced to flee.

It doesn’t include the people who have seen their futures taken away from them because of their schools and colleges being closed by the fighting

WAR is no video game, Woolsey said. 
Real people die or are horribly wounded and scarred, and they are scarred and wounded for life.

Real families suffer
We need to remember that when we make momentous decisions about war and peace in this House [the U.S. House of Representatives], we have to consider those statistics.

Congresswoman Woolsey was talking about Afghanistan and Iraq. And three years later, as the U.S. war on Afghanistan continues and violence spikes in Iraq, though foreign combat troops are supposedly out of that country though leaving and sizable occupation, the historian, essayist, and Al Jazeera investigative journalist, Nick Turse, reports on the continuing and accelerated U.S. violence against on the peoples of Africa and closer to home.

Under U.S. President Barack Obama, Turse wrote last week, operations on the continent of Africa “have accelerated far beyond the limited interventions of the [George W] Bush years.” This carnage, chaos and provocation in the latter years include (but are not limited to)—
Last year’s war in Libya;

Regional drone campaigns with missions run out of airports and bases in Djibouti, Ethiopia and the Indian Ocean archipelago nation of Seychelles;

A flotilla of 30 ships in the Indian Ocean supporting regional operations;

A multi-pronged military and CIA campaign against militants in Somalia, including intelligence operations, training for Somali agents, secret prisons, helicopter attacks, and U.S. commando raids;

A massive influx of cash for counterterrorism operations across East Africa;

A possible old-fashioned air war, carried out on the sly in the region using manned aircraft;

Tens of millions of dollars in arms for allied mercenaries and African troops;

A special ops expeditionary force (bolstered by State Department experts) dispatched to help capture or kill Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony and his senior commanders, operating in Uganda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Central

African Republic (where US Special Forces now have a new base);

A mission by elite Force Recon Marines from the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force 12 (SPMAGTF-12) to train soldiers from the Uganda People’s Defense Force. This supplies the majority of troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia, and its documentation only scratches the surface of Washington’s fast-expanding activities in the region.
U.S. wars closer to home
War on drugs
 “The Obama administration has been ramping up operations south of the border using its new formula,” Turse writes.


“Pentagon drone missions burrow deep inside Mexico in its “battle against drug cartels” and Department of Defense CIA agents and civilian operatives attach to Mexican military bases and participate in Mexico’s drug war, he reports.


“In 2012, the Pentagon ramped up anti-drug operations in Honduras with U.S. forces seen participating in joint operations with Honduran troops as part of a training mission dubbed ‘Beyond the Horizon 2012.’

Leaving innocent civilian dead in their path, “Green Berets,” Turse says, “have been assisting Honduran Special Operations forces in anti-smuggling operations. A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Team —originally created to disrupt Afghan poppy trade — has joined forces with Honduras’s “most elite counternarcotics unit,” the Honduran Tactical Response Team in these operations.

London demonstration
The litany of war begs an old question, which seems whispered in Lynn Woolsey’s concerns.
How many times must a man look up/before he can see the sky? 
How many ears … / before he can hear people cry? 
How many deaths will it take until [WE know]/… too many people have died?

Is it not past time to stop the wars? 

Sources and notes

“Too Many Have Died,” May 5, 2009, http://woolsey.house.gov/smart-security-video-text/too-many-have-died-310/

Hon. Lynn Woolsey: Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey is in her 10th term as the representative from California’s 6th District, just north of San Francisco. Her district includes all of Marin and most of Sonoma County. Biography updated January 2011, http://woolsey.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=31&sectiontree=2,31

“The Obama formula for America's next decade of global war” (Nick Turse,Al Jazeera, July 2, 2012: USA and the War on Terror), July 6, 2012,

Starting or fanning brushfire wars on several continents could lead to raging wildfires that spread unpredictably and prove difficult, if not impossible, to quench, http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/the-obama-formula-for-americas-next-decade-of-global-war

Nick Turse is a historian, essayist, and investigative journalist,

“Blowin’ in the Wind,” BOB DYLAN LYRICS, http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bobdylan/blowininthewind.html


Bombing: Nato has been urged by Russia to investigate civilian deaths in Libya from its bombing campaign
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