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"Collateral Damage" Isn’t Collateral, It’s Central


"Collateral Damage" Isn’t Collateral, It’s Central

Tom Engelhardt

You would barely know it, living in this country, but the essence of modern warfare is what our military tends to call “collateral damage”: the killing or wounding of civilians, not combatants.


Thank you, Tom, for staying on this. How else would we know?

It sure seems as though our country is willing to kill however many civilians it takes, just to eliminate a relatively few “militants” and “terrorists”. I’m pretty sure that by now, most people in the Middle East, N.Africa, and Afghanistan probably believe that we are the worst terrorists.


Cowboy Movies never show the Aftermath of their Classic Saloon Brawls, just that the Good Guys actions were Always Justified.