Escaping Blame

When an arsonist burns down a nursing home, did he intend to kill the elderly inside? He would claim no. To him, killing them was just a side effect of producing a pretty blaze. I would say yes because he was well aware they would not be able to escape. In a similar way, American generals claim they don’t intentionally kill civilians. Yet I have seen with my own eyes US forces dropping bombs on apartment buildings and mosques. The generals claim they were trying to kill armed resistors, yet clearly they killed more children, women and elderly since they outnumber the targets in the general population. The generals play these word games to make it sound as if they only rarely kill civilians. Hitler could have excused himself the same way for his rocket attacks on London.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)