Children with Potential Hostile Intent
[Editor's Note: The following post is by TDV Managing Editor, Redmond Weissenberger]
Recently in the Nawa district of Afghanistan, three kids aged 12, 10, and 8 were sent by their parents to gather dung which is a source of fuel for farmers. Without warning, all three were struck down while on the side of the road by a U.S. military air strike. Though the children were later found out to be civilians, one marine questioned their innocence because they were guilty of the horrible crime of digging a hole in a dirt road.
Of course, it’s utter nonsense to believe for one second that three children under the age of thirteen posed any threat to the world’s largest empire. That hasn’t stopped young men from living out their violent fantasies by joining the military. According to Army Lt. Col. Marion “Ced” Carrington, the US military now puts its aim on “children with potential hostile intent.”
Like torture before it, the media remains silent over the US government’s continual war crimes. The general public rarely bats an eye anymore when their tax dollars go toward annihilating another innocent life. The War has begun to resemble the failed military excursion in Vietnam where the slaughtering of innocents was an almost regular affair.
The only difference is that American-style warfare is now largely relegated to putting twentysomethings behind a video game joystick which controls a flying killing machine. Delivering death-from-above all the way on the other side of the planet means that good, obedient soldiers are relieved of the pain and anguish that normal people feel when killing a man (and now children apparently) up close. In essence, it removes all recognition of human life in the enemy as ending an individual’s existence becomes a cold and calculated affair.
The worst part about the death of the three Afghan children is that if their parents weren’t instilled with notions of anti-Western sentiment, they definitely are now. Stanley McChrystal, who lead NATO forces in Afghanistan, once said that for every innocent person killed in the War on Terror, ten new enemies are created. As long as the U.S. continues it belligerent foreign policy of imposing democracy through coercion, it will continue to make enemies around the globe.
That, of course, isn’t a concern for the heads of the government who take pleasure in American hegemony. Their thirst for dominance is something that can’t be quenched.
Redmond Weissenberger is a Founding Director of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada, the centre for the study of the Austrian School of Economics within Canada.
While studying fine art at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Redmond read Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, beginning his study of economics that culminated in the discovery of the Austrian School. After graduation Redmond spent 7 years as an industrial designer, working for a company involved in manufacturing residential lighting in China for sale in North America, and then a boutique design/build architectural firm involved with projects such as Norman Foster’s Bow skyscraper in Calgary, Alberta.
Redmond founded the LvMIC in 2010 to address the lack of knowledge about the true cause of our booms and busts of the last 100 years and the need for sound money and sound economics to be applied to the Canadian and global economy.