View Full Version : The Authoritarian and Imperial Mind.

05-27-2012, 07:26 PM
Yet another Afghan family (and a bakery in Pakistan) is extinguished by an airstrike: unleash the justifications......

Yesterday, I wrote about the rotted workings of the Imperial Mind (http://www.salon.com/2012/05/26/the_imperial_mind/singleton/), but today presents a tragic occasion to examine its close, indispensable cousin: the Authoritarian Mind. From CNN today (http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/27/world/asia/afghanistan-violence/index.html):

A suspected NATO airstrike killed eight civilians — including six children — in eastern Afghanistan, a provincial spokesman said.

The airstrike took place Saturday night in Paktia province, said Rohullah Samoon, spokesman for the governor of Paktia. He said an entire family was killed in the strike.
The LA Times identified (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/05/afghan-authorities-nato-air-strike-kills-eight-civilians.html) the victims as “Mohammed Shafi, his wife and his six children,” and cited the statements from the spokesman for the Paktia governor’s office that “there is no evidence that Shafi was a Taliban insurgent or linked with Al Qaeda.” The Afghan spokesman blamed the incident on the refusal of NATO to coordinate strikes with Afghan forces to ensure civilians are not targeted (“If they had shared this with us, this wouldn’t have happened”). Also yesterday (http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/05/26/world/asia/ap-as-pakistan.html?hp):

An American drone fired two missiles at a bakery in northwest Pakistan Saturday, killing four suspected militants, officials said, as the U.S. pushed ahead with its drone campaign despite Pakistani demands to stop. This was the third such strike in the country in less than a week. . . .

The officials said the victims were buying goods from a bakery when the missiles hit. Residents were still removing the debris, officials said. All of the dead were foreigners, but the officials did not have any information on their identities or nationalities.
All of this is so widely tolerated, even cheered, among large factions of the American citizenry due to three premises:

(1) I have absolutely no idea who my government is continuously bombing to death by drone, but I assume they deserve it;

(2) when my government extinguishes the lives of entire families, including small children, as it often does, I know it’s all for a just and important cause even if I can’t identify it; and,

(3) we have to stop the Terrorists, because they keep killing innocent civilians.

That’s the Authoritarian Mind, and it appears everywhere the Imperial Mind does.

This contrast from MSNBC’s home page, as it appears right now, speaks volumes about the mindset of the American government and its establishment media:

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And here we are ready to start another war.

05-27-2012, 10:30 PM
I am a little drunk but leave Syria alone. We can't judge them while we turn a blind eye to places like Eritrea and North Korea.

05-28-2012, 09:06 AM
BBC gets caught using Iraqi photo for propaganda for Syria.........

http://www.finheaven.com/images/imported/2012/05/Not_houla_but_Iraq_2231672c-1.jpgThe photograph was actually taken by Marco di Lauro in Iraq in 2003


The Masters Of War are hard at work.

05-28-2012, 11:01 AM
We, and other enabling countries, should get out of all those countries that we are trying to "help".
Let them kill each other in a civil war until they are sick of all the blood shed.