‘The overseas hub for America’s “war on terror” is the massive Ramstein Air Base in southwest Germany. Nearly ignored by US media, Ramstein serves crucial functions for drone warfare and much more. It’s the most important Air Force base abroad, operating as a kind of grand central station for airborne war—whether relaying video images of drone targets in Afghanistan to remote pilots with trigger fingers in Nevada, or airlifting special-ops units on missions to Africa, or transporting munitions for airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. Soaking up billions of taxpayer dollars, Ramstein has scarcely lacked for anything from the home country, other than scrutiny.’
…by Jonas E. Alexis
The Orlando shooting incident has been another tragic chapter in the history of ideological conflicts and tensions in America and indeed much of the world. If you were trained in logic and have little patience with implicit or explicit contradictions, impressively incoherent statements, and just plain dumb arguments, then you know that much of what’s passing for clear thinking these days are just plain claptrap. And if you don’t have a good sense of humor, then nonsense is going to drive you completely crazy.
First of all, we all should sympathize for the people who have lost love ones in the tragic incident. For us, all lives matter; every single human being on this planet is precious. But for ideologues, some lives, not all, matter. Here we are going to assume that the media is being fair and objective in reporting the incident in Orlando. 50 people or more lost their lives. The entire world, within a few hours, had already received the message and sent their condolences.
But the incident inexorably shows that politicians and news media outlets have deliberately excluded practical reason from their lexicon. How? Well, for the past three years or so, civilian deaths in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria have been astounding. If you work with numbers or statistical data all the time, then you will feel an urge to ask a puzzling question, “How is it that people aren’t mourning for the lives of those people who are being liquidated and humiliated by the oligarchs all over the Middle East?”