The Demonization of Muslims is “Completely At Odds with America’s Founding Principles”



1. This and the following are disturbing images, because we as Americans know that they falsely depict who we are.But Americans have demonized our enemies as well. For example, in World War II, anti-Japanese posters (such as image 6 below) were used to whip up hatred of the enemy: And, at times, Americans have even demonized other Americans, such as during the Civil War (image 7 below).
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Δ We Always Demonize Our Enemies to Drum Up Support for War.

Δ War is always sold to it’s people by artificially demonizing the enemy.

Δ Countries need to lie about their enemies in order to demonize them sufficiently so that the people will support the war.

Δ Everyone knows that “truth is the first casualty of war“.

Δ All wars are based on propaganda.

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DEMONIZING MUSLIMS FOR SUPPORT OF WAR

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by  WashingtonsBlog

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Preface: I am not a Muslim or some kind of cheerleader for Middle Eastern countries. I was born and raised in America, and come from a Judeo-Christian background. Like the Founding Fathers, I am simply opposed to unnecessary war … and tolerant of other religions.. (more…)

US Army to fly ‘kamikaze’ drones


The robotic aircraft dubbed the “Switchblade,” represents the latest attempt by the United States to refine how it takes out suspected militants. Weighing less than two kilos, the drone is small enough to fit into a soldier’s backpack and is launched from a tube, with wings quickly folding out as it soars into the air, according to manufacturer AeroVironment. Powered by a small electric motor, the Switchblade transmits video in real time from overhead, allowing a soldier to identify the enemy. Upon confirming the target using the live video feed, the operator then sends a command to the air vehicle to arm it and lock its trajectory onto the target”. The drone then flies into the “target,” detonating a small explosive.
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AFTER REAPERS & PREDATORS, NOW THE MINIATURE SIZED SUICIDE DRONES

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A “kamikaze” drone designed to quietly hover in the sky before dive-bombing and slamming into a human target will soon be part of the US Army’s arsenal.

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by AFP

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As the Drone flies


Military ethicists and legal experts inside and outside the government are debating how far UAVs can go and still stay within what one imaginative booster, Ronald C. Arkin, called international humanitarian law and the rules of engagement. Concerns over restraint can already be considered academic. Drones are going anywhere their governors want them to go already–Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and countries in North Africa to name a few known jurisdictions. Last year a worried group of robotic specialists, philosophers and human rights activists formed the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC). They fear that such instruments may make wars more likely by the strong against the weak because there will be fewer human casualties by those waging robotic war. But proliferation of these assassins in the sky is now a fact. 
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THE LETHAL AUTONOMY

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by Ralph Nader

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Blowing The Whistle: Parachinar – The Sad Story


Parachinar once used to be called ‘a paradise on Earth’. Despite its natural beauty and strategic importance, Parachinar NOW is in a dire strait due to sectarian violence initially instigated by the negative policies of former president Ziaul Haq. The residents of Parachinar predominantly Shia, are the target of sectarian extremism and this has been the primary cause of clashes there. This violence has transformed the once beautiful land into ruins, completely destroying infrastructure. The main road connecting Peshawar to Parachinar is blocked by sectarian extremists who brutally kill travellers to and from Parachinar. Local people have been forced to travel through dangerous routes via Afghanistan and back into Peshawar just to purchase daily rations and essential items. Today, even that route has been closed, effectively cutting them off from the rest of Pakistan. 
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PARACHINAR: FROM PARADISE TO HELL [OF EXTREMISM]

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by Riaz Ali Toori

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Parachinar, the paradise like valley of Pakistan is very significant due to its strategic location. Bordering Afghanistan, lying in the upper part of Kurram Agency in the FATA, 250 km west of Islamabad, , Parachinar is blessed with immense natural beauty.

People here are friendly and eager to acquire knowledge. There are good opportunities as well as encouragement for females aspiring for education. Each year students in hundreds leave the town for other cities of Pakistan in pursuit of basic academic and professional education. A good many youth of Parachinar are presently studying in differend Cadet, Medical, and Engineering universities all across the country.

Remarkably, there are no restrictions, usually in existence in the tribal society that we have here in the borderlands of Pakistan. Women’s education is patronized by parents who feel very proud when their daughters achieve a mark of distinction in education.

in Parachinar there is only one Degree College for men and one for women and nearly 270 primary, 30 secondary and 32 high schools excluding a number of private schools and colleges.

Since the main source of income is farming on very small scale, gardening and natural resource utilizations, therefore, a large section of people from Parachinar have gone abroad, especially to the Middle East for better livelihood which has assured them in return a comparatively decent and modern standard of living. (more…)

New Silk Road could revitalize war-torn Afghanistan


  
 For thousands of years, the Pamir passes have served as the crossroads of goods, ideas, cultures and religions between China, the Arab world and Europe. If there were no wars in the region, tens of thousands of trucks and buses would transport cargo and people every day among the three countries….As a responsible world power and the biggest neighbor of Afghanistan, China should also help its neighbor turn a new page, by using its influence to tell the NATO countries that the three-decade wars in Afghanistan must end now.

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 THE THREE NATIONS PAMIR GROUP TO USHER A NEW ERA OF MUTUAL COOPERTION IN ASIA

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by Prof. Li Xiguang
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For thousands of years, the Pamir passes have served as the crossroads of goods, ideas, cultures and religions between China, the Arab world and Europe. If there were no wars in the region, tens of thousands of trucks and buses would transport cargo and people every day among the three countries….As a responsible world power and the biggest neighbor of Afghanistan, China should also help its neighbor turn a new page, by using its influence to tell the NATO countries that the three-decade wars in Afghanistan must end now. (more…)