If so, ok–I’ll respect that based upon an apparently objective process of arithmetic.
Terrorists – Dead Terrorists = Less Terrorists.
May I offer some other objective data points?
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism recently concluded that from June 2004 to September 2012, between 2562 and 3325 people were killed by drone strikes in Pakistan.
Of those, The BIJ estimates that 474-881 were civilians, and 176 were children; however given ease with which we can classify someone as a “militant” I am very skeptical of the low number of civilians in that quote.
What would you do if your friends, family members or loved ones were wrongly killed in a terrorist attack? Would you retaliate?
General David Petraeus’ former advisor describes the tendency of Muslims to do exactly that.
“Every one of these dead noncombatants represents an alienated family, a new desire for revenge, and more recruits for a militant movement…” -David Kilcullen, fomer advisor to Gen David Petreaus.
Just how insane have we become?! What kind of propaganda have we fallen for? Why have we accepted it so WILLINGLY?!
Our military is destroying lives, ruining our credibility and stoking the fires of war relentlessly around the world by killing these innocent people and all we can think to say in response is, “Well, they shouldn’t be hangin’ around with no damn terrorists then!”
The number of high-level targets killed as a percentage of total casualties is extremely low—estimated at just 2%. - Peter Bergen & Megan Braun, CNN
The below mini-documentary Living Under Drones is a superb and heart-rendering piece of journalism from Professor James Cavallaro of Stanford Law School’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, and Professor Sarah Knuckey of the Global Justice Clinic at NYU School of Law.
Their recently released report with the same title is available for free download here; it is shocking and an absolute must-read, must-spread far and wide piece of journalism.
This disaster of humanity is ours to end.
Among many interesting topics, Ron and Lew Rockwell discuss Romney’s geography gaffe about Syria being Iran’s only route to the sea, the “No way, I’M more pro-war than you” contest between the candidates, and the hypocritical critique of China being a major currency manipulator while we are running The Federal Reserve?! EH??? As the cool kids now say, “SMH.”
I’m getting hammered by conservative friends lately who are freaked out by ObamaCare, Obama 2.0′s Supreme Court appointments, etc. Watching this, it is just preposterous to think we can trust Romney’s current positions on anything important. Except of course, his desire for war, more bailouts, and assaults on The Constitution/civil rights.
Will we be brought to a place of suffering and humiliation so that the Kingdom of God can manifest? That may be the way of the world, time will tell.
Psalm 146:3 says all that needs to be said, “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.”
This is a good summary from Mises Institute Chairman Lew Rockwell on how The Federal Reserve enables our global war machine, creates the disastrous boom and bust business cycle and devalues or money, driving prices higher.
“If every American taxpayer had to submit an extra five or ten thousand dollars to the IRS this April to pay for the war, I’m quite certain it would end very quickly.
The problem is that government finances war by borrowing and printing money, rather than presenting a bill directly in the form of higher taxes. When the costs are obscured, the question of whether any war is worth is becomes distorted. -Dr. Ron Paul”
As a former atheist and passionate believer in writers like Acharya S. who propose that the story of Christ is a reformatted pagan myth, I understand and appreciate their appeal. What I aspire to present in this post is not a religion to replace their teachings; but a freedom from ego-driven delusions—and yet at the same time a bondage to the will of The Creator, our divine Spiritual parent in Heaven.
How many reasons can you come up with NOT to believe in Jesus’ words in The Bible? Have you seen films like Zeitgeist that provide “experts” and researchers theorizing a great “Christ Conspiracy,” in which Jesus never existed? How about bad experieces with “good Christians” who were anything but that?
If you have, and you believe like I used to, please have a look and some honest critiques of Zeitgeist and Acharya S.—or even take a shot at a $1000 cash prize—to see significant holes in their theories.
And if you feel drawn to, continue to dig in your spiritual journey towards the HEART of God, not the WORDS of researchers who present their own personal biases and agendas as honest research; or for that matter dead-letter Scriptural dogmas and religious mandates without spiritual anointing.
Behold, the kingdom of God is within you. -Luke 17:21
When I was not quite a believer in, and passionate but mostly unsuccessful follower of Jesus Christ, I saw the only Christian movie that genuinely blew me away, Jesus of Nazareth. It is spectacularly acted, very well-produced, and has a profound anointing upon it that shows the heart of God outside of the lock and stone systems we find in most religions, Christian and otherwise, throughout history.
As Christ said, it was not he who did the miracles, but the Father in him. Therefore it is not our ego that matters, but rather the Will of God and His/Her wishes. This is the bondage I spoke of at the beginning. It may be uncomfortable, certainly at first; but if you believe an infinitely wise and loving God exists; and you’ll look into your own heart and mind with any objectivity, do you really think you can do better?
Or even more profoundly, what do you think about Jesus’ words that you shall do even greater things than he did? I for one, look forward to manifesting that!
“Don’t believe the war propaganda!”
Kudos to Luke Rudowski for another great interview; this time with the superb Tom Woods, who also cites President Andrew Jackson’s defeat of The Bank of The United States as a pivotal point in history that goes largely un-noticed.
Check out Tom Woods’ LibertyClassroom.com to get more.
The excellent Ben Swann reports in the below video on Romney and Obama’s claims about the economy, our deficit, and how they plan to reduce it.
After listening to their plans to cut and keep certain programs; but never deal with our insanely over-funded and counter productive military presence around the world, or the entrenched but thoroughly un-Constitutional departments of commerce, education, energy, etc., neither candidate comes up with numbers stand up under fire.
Who did come up with a plan to reduce the deficit by $1T first-year, cut back our military offense while maintaining our defense, give young people a way out of the Social Security Ponzi Pit and BALANCE THE BUDGET in three years!?
Readers of this blog will likely not wonder long to come up with the answer: the honorable and wise, Dr. Ron Paul. Ben Swann reported on Dr. Paul’s plan a few months back as well.
Psy’s video is very funny, and has an incredible catchy beat—despite the fact that the song is about a girl that likes coffee (???).
The majority of people, and certainly popular economists and politicians, constantly urge us to support government economic interventions, bailouts, and Federal Reserve monetary massages to “save us from another Great Depression.”
But what if their valiant brilliance is steadily drowning us in a sea of paper money and debt instead of energizing our economy? What if there are other schools of thought that show us a clear and proven path out of our economic trauma?
Enter Austrian Economics and the counter-intuitive power of freedom.
Freedom: yes, it is an amazing speech from Braveheart, but is it also the root of economic prosperity?
No! Freedom in the hands of greedy capitalist pigs who are willing to pillage and destroy the planet is our greatest enemy! Without the government to protect us we’re all screwed! -Samantha Statist
Well, yes, people can be greedy, and certainly capitalists have done harm to the planet; but you must ask yourself: who gave them that power? Was it the government and their apathy towards property rights? And specifically to finance: was it the government that mandated banks to lend massive quantities of money to people without financial aptitude and ability to repay? Was it the government that lowered interest rates so low that borrowing and spending money was as easy as breathing and as exciting as binge drinking in Atlantic City?
When the federal government spends more each year than it collects in tax revenues, it has three choices: It can raise taxes, print money, or borrow money. While these actions may benefit politicians, all three options are bad for average Americans. -Ron Paul
If you have eyes and ears, you are painfully aware of our economic problems. How to solve them requires listening to the people who saw this coming—hint: there’s a dozen or so collected in the superb soon-to-be-released documentary The Bubble.
Check the interview below for an introduction to the driven, talented and wise beyond his years Director, Mr. Jimmy Morrison—and lookout for the film when it drops in the upcoming months.
Assassinating world leaders, corrupting state officials, manipulating global commerce are all detailed by this fascinating, repentant man. His book “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” is an absolutle must read is you want to understand why so much of the world hates us so much.