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Why Do Americans Hate Beheadings But Love Drone Killings?

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  • People … resent being told how they are constantly duped into this perpetual war that makes them less and less safe. But hopefully, more people will wise up to this psychological manipulation.
  • American warmongers’ fatal conceit: The massive insecurity behind their calls for blood

Coleen Rowley, Huffington Post

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n-PREDATOR-DRONE-large570.jpg 09/29/2014 | The answer lies in human psychology. And probably like the old observation about history, people who refuse to understand human psychology are doomed to be victims of psychological manipulation. How is it that even members of peace groups have now come to support US bombing? One lady framed the issue like this: "I request that we discuss and examine why the videotaped beheading of a human being is understood to be more egregious than the explosion (almost totally invisible to the public) of a human being by a missile or bomb fired from a drone."

There are at least four main reasons that explain why Americans care far more about the beheadings (thus far) of two Americans and one U.K citizen, than they care -- here's the polling -- about the thousands of foreign victims of US drone bombing. Here's how people are likely being manipulated into believing that more US bombing is the answer to such terroristic killings even when almost all military experts have admitted that it won't work and "there's no military solution".

Coleen Rowley: Former FBI Special Agent

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American warmongers’ fatal conceit: The massive insecurity behind their calls for blood, Elias Isquith, Salon

  • The neoconservative "do something" crowd are really "Know Nothings" -- and fatally misread the decade after 9/11
  • Forgetting Cheney’s Legacy of Lies

 

Operation Enduring Clusterfuck

  • Non-stop since 1991...don't let them call this a new war. It's not. Its the same war, for the same reasons. Greed Kills. Let the Middle East solve their own problems. 
  • U.S. military out of everywhere!!!

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Ward Riley for this contribution.

 

Who profits from our new war?

  • A massive war operation is being waged to track and kill ISIS -- and it's a lot more than cruise missiles
  • Inside NSA and private contractors’ secret plans
  • America Invents Enemies

Tim Shorrock, Salon

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Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 | A massive, $7.2 billion Army intelligence contract signed just 10 days ago underscores the central role to be played by the National Security Agency and its army of private contractors in the unfolding air war being carried out by the United States and its Gulf States allies against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

That war was greatly expanded Monday night when U.S. forces launched a “mix of fighter, bomber, remotely-piloted aircraft and Tomahawk” cruise missiles against ISIS targets in Syria. The Central Command said the strikes were led by the United States with support from Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Tim Shorrock is the author of Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing.

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America Invents Enemies, The People's Voice

America invents enemies, then sends its soldiers to die fighting them.

 

Pope Francis: You Can’t Use Religion To Justify Violence

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  • “Let no one consider themselves to be the ‘armor’ of God while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression!” Pope Francis said.
  • The Pope Gave This Man A Promotion And He Could Dramatically Change The Focus Of The Catholic Church

Jack Jenkins, Think Progress <http://thinkprogress.org>

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September 22, 2014 | Pope Francis had some harsh words for religious extremists this weekend, voicing his strongest condemnation yet for those who use religion to justify violence.

Speaking on Sunday to an audience that included the President, governmental authorities, and diplomatic corps of Albania, where he is spending a one-day apostolic visit, the first Argentinean pope directly addressed the growing issue of religious violence. Francis first praised the “climate of respect” in Albania — which is a Muslim-majority country — between Muslims, Catholics, and Orthodox Christians, saying the culture of tolerance was a “precious gift.” He then expressed firm criticism for those who cite faith as grounds for killing of others.

Jack Jenkins is the Senior Religion Reporter for ThinkProgress. He was previously the Senior Writer and Researcher for the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress, and worked as a reporter and blogger for the Religion News Service. His stories and analysis have appeared in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Real Clear Politics, National Catholic Reporter, and Christian Century.

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The Pope Gave This Man A Promotion And He Could Dramatically Change The Focus Of The Catholic Church, Jack Jenkins, Think Progress

Cupich — and possibly others like him — are primed to be the new face of a more moderate, less antagonistic brand of American Catholicism.

 

 

The People's Voice | America Invents Enemies

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Chante Wolf

 

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