An American Drone Struck My Village

Submitted by: FoolsPrussia 3 years ago

Senate testimony of a Yemeni activist
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Male 266
The only terrorists in this world are the USA and the ones it breeds, but specially the USA
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Male 10,845
Come to think of it I just drew an interesting parallel. We know someone who blows up other people`s backyards, yet aren`t all that frightened by him in particular, and flip when someone blows up OUR backyard....


....and vice versa.
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Male 10,845
[quote]Now tell me how many civ casualties there`d be if Yemen did anything? [/quote]

Probably not in the form of mass killings but they`d still occur. They`d simply be there in the form paramilitary police raids on John Q Public`s door. But put the shoe on the other here, who`d you think would be the greater terrorist? The terrorist who DOESN`T terrorize your neighborhood or the country that sends drones from afar to blow up the neighborhood said terrorist resides in?
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Male 14,330
@paperduck

Now which one was it I missed or is it because your point has been destroyed? Tell me the Utopian solution to Al-Q in Yemen then?
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Male 3,445
"McGovern do you always pick one statement to harp and throw fuel on instead of trying to listen to the entire message and respond?"

Yes.
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Male 1,745
McGovern do you always pick one statement to harp and throw fuel on instead of trying to listen to the entire message and respond?
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Male 14,330
Drone strikes are mean!! We should give Al-Q a time out in the corner I`m sure that`ll set them straight!! It`s not like they always didn`t want to kill us all......
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Male 14,330
[quote]remember the Yemeni government is actively against al qaida. [/quote]

Yes, After Saudi Arabia and the United States pressured them to be. It`s where Al-Q has been going as a safe haven for awhile now geee wonder why? So Yemen now wants to get rid of Al-Q which we help them do and get bitched at for civilian casualties. Now tell me how many civ casualties there`d be if Yemen did anything? Which from what I see from them is a whole lot of nothing.
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Male 1,745
@McGovern "If I had a militant training camp or someone building IED in their backyard for a neighbor I`m pretty sure I`d see a few clues and not be too cool with it."

I doubt it`s entirely in the open, remember the Yemeni government is actively against al qaida.

But assume they weren`t... There are decent people who live in very pooty neighborhoods here. They can`t just up and leave even though there are violence and drugs all around. We also can`t expect them walk up to a gang member and tell them to please stop. So are they ALL deserving of crimes and accidental deaths that befall them.

What kind of privileged life do you lead man?

AND probably gangs in these neighborhoods are like errand boys for the ones those people have.
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Male 36,469
Funny:
When Bush used drones it was "Evil Bush Kills With Drones"
When Obama uses 2X as many drones? It`s "The Evil USA is Killing With Drones".

Funny? Hysterical.

The "Governemtn" of Yemen tolerated and even encouraged the AQ for a couple of years! Because AQ kicked around some other anti-government groups. NOW of course the AQ is out to overthrow Yemen`s government, so they came crying to the USA for help!

And Obama helps them! Despite them being tyrannical tyrants...
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Male 3,445
"Now who is we? The messiah Obama seems to disagree with that statement it would seem. Perhaps there`s a good reason he continues to do so that we don`t know."

I guess you can stop calling him the messiah then.
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Male 14,330
Using civilian shields to win the hearts and minds of the naive geee where has this been seen before?
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Male 14,330
@paperduck

If I had a militant training camp or someone building IED in their backyard for a neighbor I`m pretty sure I`d see a few clues and not be too cool with it. More so if I live in a little farmer village.
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Male 14,330
[quote]We also feel that it`s short-sighted to do so, because it only enforces the view that the extremists espouse to the innocent people there.[/quote]

Now who is we? The messiah Obama seems to disagree with that statement it would seem. Perhaps there`s a good reason he continues to do so that we don`t know.
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Male 3,445
"The same people around here who constantly complain about how violent U.S. government is, against whom they have the right to preach against, can`t seem to admit it`s much less violent and way more free than Islamic states."

I don`t think I`ve ever heard anyone here imply that. We`re all equally pissed off that the Middle Easy is full of tyrannical governments. However, we respect the sovereignty of those states and don`t believe that our spite for their governments means we can drop bombs on innocent civilians who play no role in that madness.

We also feel that it`s short-sighted to do so, because it only enforces the view that the extremists espouse to the innocent people there.

If China were conducing drone strikes in the US, guys like you would almost certainly be filled with the same hatred.
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Male 1,745
You have neighbors doing things you have no clue about, I guarantee it. So I guess if they get taken up on any charges, you should have to as well because you didn`t live far enough away? That is absurd right?
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Male 14,330
Try to think of how a tiny "peaceful" village dosen`t see there`s a terrorist group within it, accepts it and lives next to them but somehow thinks it`ll be a safe place for the kids!
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Male 1,745
@McGovern "That and most people killed by these strikes are most of the time aiders and embedders. Unless you think they`re forced to live with them and aid them but then that would mean the majority of the poplulation is forced to obey a minority which doesn`t add up."

McGovern, try to think about your mentality in that statement. Then think about the kind of things it can lead you to automatically be OK with. Then try to imagine what that would do to a person in Yemen who has that same mentality.
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Male 14,330
The same people around here who constantly complain about how violent U.S. government is, against whom they have the right to preach against, can`t seem to admit it`s much less violent and way more free than Islamic states. That and most people killed by these strikes are most of the time aiders and embedders. Unless you think they`re forced to live with them and aid them but then that would mean the majority of the poplulation is forced to obey a minority which doesn`t add up.
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Male 3,445
The same people around here who constantly complain about how tyrannical the U.S. government is, against whom they have the right to defend themselves violently if necessary, can`t seem to admit it might also be harming innocent people in other parts of the world.
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Male 14,330
If you were so afraid of getting bombed then why did you live along side a terrorist group? I would think getting far away from them and cutting ties with them would be a good step to not blowing up.
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Male 1,745
Gerry at what point and why exactly did we go to "war" with Yemen (and Somalia and Pakistan)?

Tyranny is hell too, probably worse than war. Not an excuse for it.
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Male 2,332
Some people in here should at least try to imagine what it would be like if the shoe was on the other foot.

Why, we`d have global media attention for a week, a selling point for the next US election and at least two movies documenting how tragic it all is when it happens to America.
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Male 15,832
[quote]Yeah because all young activists within American libertarian/conservative movements (course ideology isn`t that important) have committed some heinous act.[/quote]
I`ve never heard of a libertarian/conservative youth activist, but if you ever find one, you have my permission to kill him, too.
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Male 37,888

Sorry, at what point did they say war was not hell? You could`a lined up a lot of germans or Japanese after wwii and let them testify about getting bombed as well. What`s the point?
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Male 6,227
Great clip; should be required viewing for every American.

The equation works something like this: Kill 1 terrorist via drone strike = Create 2.

If the goal is to make America safer, then the drone strategy is counterproductive. On the other hand, if the goal is to seed the next generation of terrorists and make the "War On Terror" a perpetual state of affairs (and a perpetual source of profit), then the drone policy is brilliant.
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Male 10,845
[quote]It`s just that there`s no such thing as an innocent "youth activist." We need to kill them all.[/quote]

Yeah because all young activists within American libertarian/conservative movements (course ideology isn`t that important) have committed some heinous act.
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Male 3,445
I see my post brought out the usual crazies.
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Male 14,775
Bobblehead has a point.
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Male 10,845
[quote]If they want change, mad rush the capitol.[/quote]

Bombing them is not going to encourage them to do that. If anything it`s going to strengthen the current government`s hand.

[quote]He just read a work of utter fiction in a Congressional Hearing as if it were "evidence"...[/quote]

What proof do you have that it`s "fiction"?
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Male 15,832
[quote]It seems you refuse to empathize or really believe there are no innocent people there.[/quote]
Oh, I`m sure there are plenty of innocent people there. It`s just that there`s no such thing as an innocent "youth activist." We need to kill them all.
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Male 10,339
Sprinkz:

If they want change, mad rush the capitol.

Many deaths, but it`ll work. If you want to make an omelet......
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Male 36,469
@paperduck: He just read a work of utter fiction in a Congressional Hearing as if it were "evidence"...

Empathy? For a bare-faced liar? No thanks.
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Male 2,290
Auburn

Have you ever had to uproot a government before? You make it sound so easy. Please tell me how.
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Male 2,290
Yeah, because they have the resources to do that. America can`t stop two dumb drats from blowing up a marathon and you think a country without a modern intelligence agency can thwart their invaders?

It`s sad that no one cares about this. Nothing is more heart wrenching than watching your child die, and in his arms no less. If Americans had to fear this every day because of someone else`s political enemies then we`d be able to grasp how wrong it is.
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Male 10,339
If you live in Yemen, remove your pooty jihadist government, or prepare to dodge missiles. Period.
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Male 1,243
Most people in the world knows where the world`s #1 terrorist regime lies. They`re chanting against it too "DEATH TO THE PRESIDENCY!!!! DEATH TO THE PRESIDENCY!!!! DEATH TO THE PRESIDENCY!!!! DEATH TO THE PRESIDENCY!!!! DEATH TO THE PRESIDENCY!!!! DEATH TO THE PRESIDENCY!!!! DEATH TO THE PRESIDENCY!!!! DEATH TO THE PRESIDENCY!!!! DEATH TO THE PRESIDENCY!!!!..." Join in!
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Male 1,745
OldOllie and 5Cats you two are (maybe hopelessly) absorbed in your self-righteousness. It seems you refuse to empathize or really believe there are no innocent people there. I could only imagine the type of people you`d be if you were born there. Oh wait...
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Male 15,832
Youth activist? That all I would need to put his ass on the target list.
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Male 36,469
*cough* bullshiite *cough*

Writing that in advance, fully knowing what he`s about to say. I could write his speech I swear...

... lets see just how right I am...

4:20 Al Franken! Is he picking his nose? LMAO!

I was wrong, I could never write any monologue THAT stupid! Not on purpose at least. Dear Allah! What a pile of poo...

I had the basics down though, even some of the gory details...

"I was never afraid for my life before..." HAHAHA! He lived in Yemen all that time and never felt fear until a US drone buzzed overhead? AHAHAHAAAA!

(life threatening fear, whatevers!)
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Male 3,445
Link: An American Drone Struck My Village [Rate Link] - Senate testimony of a Yemeni activist
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