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An International Conscience

An International Conscience

Robert C. Koehler

“The Pentagon said on Saturday that it would make ‘condolence payments’ to the survivors of the American airstrike earlier this month on a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz, Afghanistan, as well as to the next of kin of those who died in the attack.”

Such a small piece of news, reported a few days ago by the New York Times. I’m not sure if anything could make me feel more ashamed of being an American.

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“Freedom” means “liberation” of oil, gas, and minerals.


The willful bombing of the Doctors Without Borders Hospital–like all war crimes–was a horror.

However… Koehler asks:

“If WE valued life?”

Are beliefs, on the part of those under-represented by the paradigm that Mars built tantamount to actionable policy directives? Is it fair to conclude that what’s decided by Power necessarily reflects the wishes of the populace?

Koehler as usual traffics in the “one size fits all” We-frame that:

  1. Makes us all into equally guilty sinners (Christian stamp)
  2. Turns the citizen into the soldier
  3. Celebrates uniformity—a One Size Fits All Narrative
  4. Makes no allowance for the fact that most U.S. citizens are living under states of control, surveillance, and direct or indirect intimidation. That their capacity to alter the MIC’s carefully, covertly planned missions is limited at best.
  5. Nor is any mention made of the difficulty on the part of many when it comes to discerning truth from the massive streams of propaganda coded in disinformation that are passed off as news.

Would it ever dawn on Koehler that his use of the all-inclusive WE term blocks out dissent, presents a false case (when it comes to what’s in people’s minds and hearts), and also mocks any alternative to the status quo that Dark Power built and is working hand in glove to sustain?

Granting witness to those who DO oppose war would be a positive starting point. Otherwise, such narratives unwittingly salute the existing power structure by affirming that no dissent to it exists!

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All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
Thomas Paine


The core moral issue isn’t how this war is being waged.

It’s that it’s being waged at all.

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Koehler asks if we went for an independent investigation what would it uncover. It would uncover just who gave the okay to target the hospital and that could unravel a lot assuming that someone didn’t want to be prosecuted for a war crime.

People seem under the impression that the plane acted on its own as if ground forces called it in. The issue was back at headquarters where the okay was given. The plane was directed to bomb.

It did not act on its own.