Should I comment on it? Should I ignore something that is quite obviously a massive psychological operation.
An operation set up to give the US government and top brass in the military the opportunity to present themselves as moral and taking the higher ground. As opposed to the way those Muslims allegedly conduct themselves? As opposed to reality.
A fluff piece was done by CNN, about how courteous and considerate the troops are in Muslim countries, while killing, maiming, raping and occupying largely innocent people, including lots of children in those same countries. But never mind all that, they are courteous and considerate, dammit! CNN is informing the viewer of that!
I came across this piece and I thought ok, I am going to use this to express a different opinion on the psy-op of the Koran burning.
American policy, at the highest levels of state, is specifically and deliberately designed to kill, despoil, dispossess, insult and outrage Muslims, in operations all over the world. That's what the Terror War is all about. We have spent more than $3 trillion burning Korans -- and their readers -- in the last decade. This policy has been pushed, championed and cheered by virtually the entire bipartisan political and media establishments -- and by much of the religious establishment as well.
Yet this week we have been treated to the bleakly comic sight of the avatars of these very establishments expressing their deeply humanitarian concerns -- and their nostril-flaring moral outrage -- over the plans of a Florida religious crank to publicly burn a few Korans on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. These 'societal leaders' -- such as Gen. David Petraeus and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- sternly warn us that such an act will inevitably produce violent blowback, stoke Islamic extremism and exacerbate anti-American feeling in the Muslim world.
Gen. Petraeus was admirably forthright about the effects such actions produce:
“We’re concerned that the images from the burning of a Quran would be used in the same way that extremists used images from Abu Ghraib — that they would in a sense be indelible,” Petraeus told NBC’s Brian Williams. “They would be used by those who wish us ill, to incite violence and to enflame public opinion against us and against our mission here in Afghanistan, as well as our missions undoubtedly around the world.”
These concerns are, of course, pertinent, and it is good to see them aired so prominently. However, one wonders about the ultimate effectiveness of such messages, coming as they do from these particular messengers.
Take this story, reported just yesterday by Jason Ditz at Antiwar.com: Children Among 24 Killed as US Drone Strikes Rock Pakistan.
For example, how many Korans have been burned in the countless civilian houses and institutions destroyed in attacks under Petraeus' command in both Iraq and Afghanistan? Hundreds of Korans? Thousands of Korans? Tens of thousands of Korans? (Along with their eviscerated owners, of course.)
How many Korans have been burned in the destruction of civilian houses by missiles fired in the Obama Administration's ruthless, ever-expanding -- and entirely illegal -- drone war in Pakistan?
The attacks destroyed three homes in North Waziristan as well as a car. The children were in a home near one of the targeted homes which was also damaged in the blast. The US has launched a number of drone strikes over the past several days, but there has been no indication that any “high value” targets were killed and most of the dead appear to be local tribesmen who are nominally affiliated with militant factions.
Three homes in this single raid (one of dozens now striking homes in Pakistan every month): how many Korans were burned, do you think? At least three, and probably more. And then there are the dead children, of course. One wonders if the fact (not just the "images") of these dead children -- and the thousands of other innocent children whose bodies have been gutted, beheaded, gashed in or torn to shreds by American missiles, bombs and bullets fired at the order of General David Petraeus and Barack Obama and all their worthy predecessors whose noble work they are so assiduously continuing -- will be "used by those who wish us ill, to incite violence and to enflame public opinion against us and against our mission here in Afghanistan, as well as our missions undoubtedly around the world"?
One wonders if the actual burning and slaughtering of actual human beings in the Muslim world -- covertly and overtly, in country after country, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year -- by the highest, most honored, respected and powerful worthies of American society might, just possibly, incite more violence and ill will against us than the burning of a few books by a marginal, powerless goober down in Florida.
But let us not spoil the nice little moral bubble bath our bloodstained leaders are giving themselves. They do enjoy it so much.
To which I will add, General Petraeus, Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama do not shed one tear, nor care one whit about the death and destruction of the many, that the troops actions are causing. Actions conducted at the so called leaders behest. Nor do they concern themselves with the safety of the troops. Despite the spin, the song & dance. The troops are expendable. To be used for goals they are largely unaware of. Pawns.
There holier then thou, concern over some Korans being burned in the US is all a show, as stated a psychological operation for and on the American audience. To manipulate the dumbed down into believing some moral or higher ground is being held by these so called leaders. It isn't!