It relates to a recent event where a US Navy ship opened fire on a fishing vessel close to the UAE. 1 civilian was killed and another three were injured.
US News and World Report apparently harbors some of the biggest idiots or most morally repugnant individuals in the business. Just to give you a taste of what I mean, the title of the article is "With Shooting, U.S. Navy Ship Sends Message to Iran, Al Qaeda."
And what might that message be? Well, obviously it's don't fuck with the USA or else.
Else what, you might ask. Apparently, that else is shooting unarmed civilians.
I can't believe that this sort of garbage gets placed in prominent newspapers. Its absolutely and mind bogglingly terrible in every sense.
This was the opinion about the 'shooting' (or murder if you consider that it was done not by us military personnel but a 'security team' on a merchant marine vessel) apparently:
U.S. officials "don't want to do anything that further ratchets up the tension," he says. "Still, if people of ill intent were thwarted, the message is: You can try, but we will stop you."So you can try to attack the US, but they will kill innocent civilians. Yeah. That's a strong message to send to the world. I feel as though this sort of blatant jingoistic propaganda is not only out of touch with reality, it is damaging to our standing in the world and our nation's moral fiber.
In what way is this activity even remotely acceptable? This is being coached in the language of, "well we tried not to kill everyone on the civilian craft but they were threatening us!" as though that would excuse this sort of behavior ANYWHERE in the world. I wonder if there is a parallel instance of this action in the US? I bet it would also be swept under the rug as 'no big deal, rules of engagement and such,' right?
Or perhaps the case of George Zimmerman would suggest otherwise. And he at least has the excuse that he's in his neighborhood!
This whole thing is just insane and morally repugnant on so many different levels, but because the rules of engagement were applied (and lets be real, what evidence is there of this actually being true?) this whole thing is liable to be shrugged off by America and be just another piece of kindling to the global fire of hatred at what we do.
If a 'message' was really sent, its that we are so afraid of you and so completely batshit insane that killing civilians is somehow a good thing to do. Not just civilians, ALLIED civilians. And it wasn't wrong at all according to right honorable John T Bennett. This is completely indefensible.
There will be hell to pay for things like this...but only if your Syrian, apparently.