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Whitewashing War Crimes Has Become the American Way

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/07/whitewashing-war-crimes-has-become-american-way


What sort of society would America be if its soldiers were free to rape, pillage and plunder in current and future wars? A venal empire, that’s what—which this country resembles more and more.

This is the kind of thing that would bring other nations (including historical allies) together to crush us.


Warriors have been raping, pillaging and plundering ever since war was invented. That’s one of the “perks” of war seldom discussed or blamed on.


Well, MIC is making all the money and remains safe…gotta give the ‘fodder’ something out of it!

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You have to admire the chutzpah of the Christian right’s hypocrisy. They now support the political party that lies every day they are in office, commit murder in other countries, cheat and steal from them, and disobeys other of the ten commandments as well.
They might as well wear a cross lapel pin on one collar and one with the American flag on the other.


Thank you major for bringing to light the most damaging evidence in the Gallagher case that seems to get lost in the discussion on this subject. The fact that Gallagher’s teammates turned him in and were willing to testify against him is extremely damaging.

Another note:
Question - Anybody know who was tasked with investigating the Mi Lai incident at the Battalion level for the Army, and started the “whitewashing” of this incident?
Answer - Good ole Colin Powell https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Powell


True, for them it’s anything to get to the rapture, as if any of them will be removed, true christens my a$$.


Given his shameful performance at the UN in 2002, what you say about Powell regarding the My Lai event fits right in with his disgusting character. The man is one of many cancers on the military. Such a shame.


Damn right, the whitewashing of war crimes is the American Way. Let’s extend the list of unacceptable excuses to include Congress voting to invade Iraq (I voted on the information I had, even if it was dubious, because my constituents wanted it) and the media who pushed the war (it was what the public wanted and it was good for circulation). Consider that members of Congress who pushed to invade and voted to invade run have successfully run for office and media goons who called for blood to be shed are still on the job with their careers fully on track and still called upon as “experts” in foreign policy. Worst of all was the majority of the American public who labeled anyone opposed to invading Iraq as being treasonous and unpatriotic. Patton was right. Americans love war. It’s who we are.


In 1493, after Christopher Columbus’ fateful voyage, Inter Caetera granted Ferdinand and Isabella “full and free power, authority, and jurisdiction of every kind,” over almost all of the Americas, save for a portion of modern-day Brazil and a few island outposts.

More bulls followed, said Newcomb, author of the book Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery . Each bull incorporated language from preceding bulls, he said, forming a mosaic of papal license that was “taken to distant, non-Christian lands and used as a template, an authorization for what I call a dehumanization and domination of non-Christian peoples throughout the planet. ”

These developments represented “the beginnings of international law,” said Joshua Jeffers, a member of the history department at Middle Tennessee State University who has studied the Doctrine of Discovery.

Racism coursed through the doctrine and the bulls that informed it, Jeffers said, but its origins were ultimately political, stemming from the “Vatican trying to come to terms with the discovery of the New World … and trying to head off massive wars between Spain and Portugal” over gold.

Over the centuries, the doctrine evolved. “In 1600, it meant something different than it did in 1650,” he said. “It changed based on what the colonizer wanted to do.”

In 1823, a turning point was reached in its “ideological essence.” In the U.S. Supreme Court case Johnson v. M’Intosh — which involved a land dispute — “a new type of property ownership,” was created for Native Americans, Jeffers said, “a lesser form of ownership.”


Trump is creating is army for revolution. Trump will not go away quietly, he has grasp the power of the US of A and won’t give it up. He has been making nice with all the brutal dictators of the world so why not the brutal amerikans from top to bottom.

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Hey Gandolf! At least now they only support a political party that commits all these despicable acts. Remember, during the dark ages (which unfortunately we seem to be returning to) they committed all of these acts themselves while claiming to be doing God’s work. It makes one wonder if there are any Christians that actually follow the teaching of Christ. You know I try to find examples where a religion, any religion has a history of being beneficial for both its followers and the society they live in. I guess if any were to qualify it would have to be the religions worshiping nature and earth such as those practice by the native Americans and the Pagans.

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Actually, Whitewashing War Crimes Has Been “The American Way” for a long, long time.

Among the most egregious examples, IMHO, is John Yoo — author of the “legal” opinion justifying the use of waterboarding & other “enhanced interrogation techniques” by the CIA.  Yoo is STILL teaching Law – LAW!!! – at the University of California in Berkeley.

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It may be a surprise but Nazi Germany always operated under the protection of the law.

A parallel is that the US passed domestic law over-rides international law

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There are soldiers in war who commit atrocities: there are honourable soldiers who play by the rules. Their political masters act in the way that best serves the ‘national interest’ – power. Interest has been the motivation for every conflict – no exception. It is the underlying cause of war. Wars are not fought for ideas or principles. Power cuts across all apparently unifying principles: family, kin, nation, religion, ideology, politics - everything. We unite with the enemies of our principles, because that is what serves our interest. Power, not any of the above concepts, is the cause of war. We have not learned that lesson from history.


They might as well wear a cross lapel pin on one collar and one with the American flag on the other.

That would fit right into the MAGA/America First reaction spearheaded (and tiki-torched) by TrumPutin: Gerald L.K. Smith, an American fascist preacher of the mid-20th century, published a newsletter called The Cross and the Flag.

Pop-culture note: Recently, I finally got around to seeing Gregory Peck’s 1947 movie about anti-Semitism, Gentleman’s Agreement, and was surprised to hear Gerald L.K. Smith mentioned as a topical reference. The name is mostly lost to us now, but along with Charles Coughlin, Smith was one of the Jerry Falwells and Pat Robertsons of their day.