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The Radically Changing Story of the U.S. Airstrike on Afghan Hospital: From Mistake to Justification | Common Dreams | Breaking News

8.10.15

The Radically Changing Story of the U.S. Airstrike on Afghan Hospital: From Mistake to Justification | Common Dreams | Breaking News: This obfuscation tactic is the standard one the U.S. and Israel both use whenever they blow up civilian structures and slaughter large numbers of innocent people with airstrikes. Citizens of both countries are well-trained – like some tough, war-weary, cigar-chomping general – to reflexively spout the phrase “collateral damage,” which lets them forget about the whole thing and sleep soundly, telling themselves that these sorts of innocent little mistakes are inevitable even among the noblest and most well-intentioned war-fighters, such as their own governments. The phrase itself is beautifully technocratic: it requires no awareness of how many lives get extinguished, let alone acceptance of culpability. Just invoke that phrase and throw enough doubt on what happened in the first 48 hours and the media will quickly lose interest.


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