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Monday, June 20, 2011


NATO "responsibility" claims 15 more victims

The press is reporting that NATO has "taken responsibility" for Sunday's house bombing in Tripoli that killed at least nine people. But in fact, they did no such thing (nor did they, as far as I can tell, even use that word). They did admit that their bombs "probably" hit the house and killed the people (can't be 100% sure, you know, it could have been some of those stealth Libyan planes). But they insist it was an "accident," and after all, you're not really responsible for accidents. However, even if, in this case, this was an "unintended target," the fact is that these deaths were a statistical certainty. If you have a failure rate of 1 in 1000, and you drop 10000 bombs, 10 of them are going to fall on targets you didn't intend. It may not be what you intended, but it's not an "accident."

Of course, such excuses aren't really necessary for imperialists. Today, one day later, another 15 civilians were killed by a NATO airstrike (and, once again, despite the fact that journalists actually saw the bodies and the destroyed house, we still have to be told in the headline that this is just an assertion by the "Libyan regime"). And was this another random house hit by "accident"? No, it was hit on purpose, with the usual preposterous claim of it being a "command and control" center (the house belongs to a former military officer, not even a current one!). So NATO not only really takes "responsibility" for this strike, but claims it was part of fulfilling its purported mission. Among the dead? If I sort out the relationships correctly, two of them were great-grandchildren of Muammar Kaddafi. Still more civilians "protected" into the grave.

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