Ah the good old US of A. Self appointed leader and moral guardian for the free world.
Where would we be without that fine defender of democracy, doing battle on all fronts against the enemies of all the freedoms that we hold so dear.
United States of America: Leaders in the War on Terror.
Lets have a little look at some of terrorist acts from around the world that have taken place over the years and see what the Good Ole Boys have done about it.
I’m going to go back in time a little on this, and the severity in real terms of cost in both human life and collateral damage will be wide ranging.
But I want it to be quite clearly understood, that each and every entry in the following list is an act of terror.
9/11 – World Trade Centre
I’m sure I don’t need to go into detail on this. After all it was the first terrorist attack on American soil and was a tragedy of such scale that it almost beggars belief.
It is the event that brought the names Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden to the attention of the world. It was also the precursor the the War on Terror declared by George ‘Dubya’ Bush, the then President of the United States.
One of the first events to follow the attack on the Twin Towers was Operation Enduring Freedom, which was a series of air strikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan in an attempt to force them to hand over Osama Bin Laden, the man responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
This operation lead to the military action there that has been ongoing ever since, and has been heavy in cost of human death and misery on both sides, and especially harsh on the innocent civilians stuck between them.
So as you can see, a robust response to a truly disgusting terrorist act.
The War on Terror has also seen the deaths of Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, a known supporter of terrorism around the world and also Saddam Hussein who both supported world terrorism and was guilty of terrorist acts against his own population, especially against the Kurds who lived within Iraqi borders.
In both cases, the deaths resulted in a regime change that was more favourable for US interests in the area.
Various acts by ISIS
ISIS have been responsible for a huge number of terrorist acts, ranging from genocidal acts, gang rapes, murder and sexual slavery, all of which have been done in the name of Islam.
Sadly, there is such a huge list to choose from, it is difficult to pick out any specific acts by this group of degenerate arseholes!
- Whole villages in Syria where the men and boys have been murdered in a variety of ways and the women and girl raped, then either murdered or sold into slavery.
- The famous videos of these religious zealots beheading people for the hideous crime of not being Muslim.
- Not only that, but ISIS seem intent on wiping out their own cultural heritage, destroying archaeological sites, ancient historical buildings, texts and works of art.
This last item might seem rather inconsequential, bearing in mind the severity of the other acts of brutality, but stay with me. There is a point to this.
The United States have been at the vanguard of the fight against these religious extremists it must be said, for some years now. Taking them on (alongside her allies) in economic, political and military action where and when its needed. So kudos to America for that.
Terrorist acts carried out by the IRA
In 1989, the IRA was responsible for the murder of an RAF corporal named Maheshkumar Islania (pictured left) and his 6 month old daughter in Wildenrath, Germany. Although the IRA claimed it was regrettable that the infant was killed, it was unavoidable as they were unaware of the child’s presence in the car.
It is hard to believe that they were unaware of the baby, as the gunmen fired their shots through the rear windscreen of the car at point blank range through the baby in her carriage, directly behind Corporal Islania in the driving seat of the car.
A particularly brutal and pitiless act by sub-human killers, I’m sure we can all agree.
Then there was the nail bombs that were detonated in London in 1982 during the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
The bombs were designed to inflict the maximum amount of carnage against members of two British Army units, The Blues and Royals, the Band of The Royal Green Jackets.
Several horses were also killed, although one survivor, Sefton was name Horse of the Year and became something of a mascot for the British people and their unwavering opposition to the IRA and terrorism.
Sadly, the effects of this bombing were more far-reaching and topical than one might suppose. Sefton’s rider at the time of the bombing, Michael Pedersen, survived but claimed to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); after splitting from his wife he committed suicide in September 2012 after killing two of his children.
In 1993 the IRA was also responsible for two bomb attacks in Warrington, that resulted in the wounding of 54 people and the deaths of 12 year old Tim Parry and 3 year old Johnathan Ball.
The bombs were set in a crowded city centre shopping district and exploded on a busy Saturday afternoon.
Lets see what the US did to support the British government in her fight against the IRA. A struggle that had been ongoing since the 1960’s.
The US did… Nothing! Fuck all! Sweet FA! Nada! Zip!
In fact, an organisation exists in America called Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID) that was forced in 1981 to register the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) as its ‘foreign principal’, under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
That’s right. An American organisation that openly supported terrorism. That doesn’t seem to fit in with the War On Terror, does it? Now lets have another look at terrorist acts on US soil.
Well, we have those lunatics who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge buildings in Oregon.
Armed militants, led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy have occupied a federal building and are responsible for threats against federal employees and their families. They are also responsible for the destruction of a Native American archaeological site and theft of artefacts.
In November 2015, there was the latest in a series of armed attacks against Planned Parenthood Clinics, this time it was a shooting attack in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Several clinics have been fire-bombed in 2015 alone, in Washington, California, Illinois and Louisiana.
In October, NARAL Pro-Choice America launched a petition urging the FBI to investigate the arson attacks, saying:
“they’re perpetrated by an extreme minority that’s committed to ruling through fear and intimidation”
They also urged the FBI to treat them as acts of domestic terrorism:
“We can’t wait until one more patient, doctor or nurse is hurt or killed before we say enough is enough. It’s time for an investigation to get to the bottom of this.”
These acts of terrorism, make no mistake, that’s exactly what they are have generated not only a lack of action by the US government, but have also got much support at the grass roots level of the Religious Right.
I also find it incredible that the clinics require a petition in order to force the country’s law enforcement agency to do something about the attacks. Especially if you take into account that people have died. For instance, in 2009, Dr George Tiller was shot dead for running a women’s health care clinic in Wichita, Kansas.
For a country that seems intent on taking the moral high ground, surely they should stop throwing stones until they’ve resolved the issues going on behind their glass walls.
Terrorism is terrorism, regardless of whether its carried out by gun-totin’, Christian extremists or drug-addled Muslim zealots with C4 waistcoats.
You can’t simply pick and choose which you’ll condemn as murdering, terrorist scum and those you’ll happily support as freedom fighters doing what they can against an oppressive regime. Because, if you do, then you’re no better than the people you claim as the enemy.
For the US government to claw back any semblance of credibility in their war on terror, they need to:
- Take back the Malheur Wildlife Park and put down the armed insurrection.
- Provide protection for those people who work at Planned Parenthood Clinics.
- Cease allowing organisations to openly and legally raise funds for international terrorism.
Until that happens, the War on Terror is a sham.