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America is the greatest purveyor of violence in world history

Thursday, January 7, 2016 7:53
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Obama’s Indifference to Violence and Human Suffering. No other regime ever matched its barbarity on a global scale over a longer duration, its contempt for human rights and welfare. It operates beneath the phony facade of supporting right over wrong, might alone enforced to serve its imperial interests. Obama is the latest in a long line of rogue US leaders, contemptuous of rule of law principles and democratic values – responsible for global violence and instability, indifferent to cops turning US streets into battlegrounds, licensed to kill with impunity. According to the Killed by Police initiative, cops killed 1,199 victims last year, mostly people of color, mainly Black male youths, a testimony to US viciousness. America’s longstanding culture of violence at home and abroad fosters an out-of-control environment, sanctioned at the federal, state and local levels. Nothing in prospect suggests responsible change. Things continually go from bad to worse. Obama’s thinly veiled scheme “to keep guns out of the wrong hands” belies US proliferation of endless horrendous violence globally, responsible for the loss of millions of lives and unspeakable human misery. His phony executive action to make US communities safer is a complete hoax, a PR stunt by a rogue leader, responsible for violence worldwide – at home and abroad, waging endless wars, supporting killer cops. His feigned concern for gun violence victims is duplicitous and meaningless, an insult to family survivors, an initiative accomplishing nothing. Executive action does nothing to curb America’s longstanding addiction to endless wars and violence on a global scale, indifferent to the human cost. Anyone wanting virtually any type firearms in America can get them as easily as buying chewing gum or toothpaste – with firepower able to commit wholesale slaughter. Militarized police use powerful weapons indiscriminately with full support from Washington – gunning down innocent victims threatening no one unaccountably. Obama’s executive action is a travesty of justice, a scheme steeped in deception, a sham effort to burnish his rogue image, his horrendous rap sheet a testimony to viciousness – contemptuous of everything righteous he claims to support. New York Times editors reacted as expected, deceiving their readers, irresponsibly claiming his executive action will keep “guns from people likely to use them in crimes, and enforcing gun laws already on the books” – absurdly calling his action “a sensible and proven approach to reduce gun crime.” Obama achieved no change in America’s longstanding culture of violence – operating extrajudicially, glorifying wars in the name of peace, enforcing police state harshness domestically – a nation unsafe and unfit to live in. Today it’s more true than ever. Freedom, equity and justice are four-letter words in a nation exclusively serving its privileged few – all others be damned. Yemen: A US-Orchestrated Holocaust Millions of lives are at risk from violence, starvation, lack of vital medical care, and overall deprivation. A new UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) report downplayed the ongoing catastrophe, shamelessly undercounting civilian casualties since conflict began last March. It’s likely in the tens of thousands from Saudi terror-bombing heavily populated areas and absence of vital essentials to life. Claiming it’s only 2,800, another 5,200 wounded mocks the unbearable suffering of millions of Yemenis, victims of US imperialism. The world community remains largely indifferent, ignoring an entire population at risk. Millions may perish before conflict ends. Nothing is being done to prevent it. Fighting shows no signs of abating. Obama’s orchestrated war complicit with Riyadh is another high crime on his rap sheet, major media scoundrels giving it short shrift. Famine stalks Yemen, around 20 million at risk, children, the ill and elderly most vulnerable. War without mercy continues. Secure sources of food, potable water, fuel, electricity and medical care are absent or in too short supply in most of the country – impossible conditions to survive for many. Malnutrition is rampant, near-starvation commonplace. So are preventable diseases claiming unknown numbers of lives for lack of treatment. Body counts exclude nonviolent deaths. A phantom mid-December ceasefire ended in the new year. Saudis escalated terror-bombing US selected targets, including densely populated residential areas, hospitals, refugee camps, vital infrastructure and other non-military sites. A blockade remains in force, preventing vital to life essentials from getting to people in need in amounts enough to matter. Washington and Riyadh want war, not peace. Ceasefire was more illusion than reality – Houthis irresponsibly blamed for imperial crimes. Yemenis continue suffering horrifically. Their country is being systematically ravaged and destroyed – increasingly looking like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. US imperialism bears full responsibility, destroying life on earth one country at a time, making things unbearable for survivors. Last September, a largely Saudi-drafted (US/UK supported) UN Human Rights Council resolution on Yemen excluded an independent international war crimes investigation, whitewashing imperial high crimes. It authorized only UN provided technical assistance to a Yemeni inquiry headed by illegitimate president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi – US-installed in a 2012 election with no opposing candidates. Yemen remains a black hole of endless violence and instability, no relief in sight for its suffering millions.

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