Why Are We Killing Afghani Children?

Sarcasm

Andrea sent me the image above. I’ve been chasing around the original source. She got it off sodahead.com but it is actually stolen bandwidth off Demotivational Posters but is tagged as motifake.com. Unfortunately, I have no idea who created the image in the first place. I’ve been in fights with people on these boards who steal my images (which is fine) and my bandwidth (which is not). Anyway, there you have it.

What I find interesting is that I don’t find the poster at all blue. But I also don’t find it funny. It is just a good example of the madness of US foreign policy over the last decade. But I’m kind of past focusing on the evils of the Bush Administration when there are so many of the Obama administration. In particular, how is our drone program still a response to 9/11? I really don’t know. There are those who claim we must remember the Alamo, I mean 9/11, and that it gives us the right to kill any brown-skinned person anywhere in Europe, Asia, and Africa. But I figure these people already think we have the right to kill anyone they don’t like and are just using 9/11 as an excuse.

But tell me again, why are liberals dropping bombs on these kids?

Afghani Children

H/T: Pixabay for the wonderful image

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0 thoughts on “Why Are We Killing Afghani Children?

  1. 1: What is stealing bandwidth? Just curious.

    2: I’ve long thought you could make a good movie by turning our war policy on its head. Set it in some mid-sized American town where teenagers at a shopping mall snicker at the grownups gathered around a TV worried about some foreign leader promising to rain doom if certain standards aren’t met, things the adults have no control over and the teenagers just don’t understand. Then bring on the war, and show what it does.

    To make it work you’d have to have the foreign leader (and the inevitable troops) speak some made-up language like Klingon; if it sounded too much like Arabic or an Asian dialect the effect would be lost, you’d have "Red Dawn." Of course this is what H.G. Wells was trying to do in "War Of The Worlds" (it was a metaphor for slaughter of indigenous populations) but, hey, a stolen good idea is still a good idea.

    You could also make a good movie by just telling real stories from Hiroshima/Tokyo or Vietnam or Iraq or (fill in fucked country name here) and having the actors all speak English (nobody sees movies with subtitles.) Any of these options would be grim, yet if the plot focused on one hopeful note (say, a family finally finding each other after the carnage) it would be emotionally satisfying even if the overall feeling was bleak. "Children Of Men" worked.

    There was one moment like this in "Three Kings," just a brief one, where an American held prisoner by an Iraqi was asked to imagine his house being blown up. (That was a dang good movie, BTW. It has Clooney!)

    I’m kinda surprised nobody’s expanded on this theme, yet. We have movies galore from the point of view of American servicepersons damaged by our foul wars, some good ("The Messenger") some bad (that award-winning Bigelow one) yet none that I know of from the victims’ perspective, with the victims speaking in English so a mainstream audience could watch it. It would be difficult to get funding for, but it would be insanely easy to write.

  2. 1. The pictures above are not in the code for the web page itself. They are just links to where the images are (on my site). People on other sites can do the same thing: put pictures on [i]their[/i] pages which are served by [i]my[/i] website. In effect, they are using my computer as file server. It costs me bandwidth to send the images to [i]their[/i] readers. People who do it don’t normally understand what they are doing. And I don’t mind if they at least do me the favor of providing a link to me, so that I get at least something for hosting their (my) image.

    2. I don’t think it would work. People compartmentalize. When told that children are being bombed a lot of conservatives will respond, "Then they shouldn’t have terrorist parents." In addition to that, Americans naturally think where there’s smoke there’s fire. It doesn’t matter how many death row convicts are exonerated, they still believe it. But a film about an innocent Afghani family might move some people. I think [i]5 Broken Cameras[/i] (Palestine) is deeply affecting. It [i]does[/i] help to show that these people are just like us.

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