Living with the Iran - Killing

The Iran “issue” is interesting to look at.   When one looks at those who condemn the initial killing of the general, frequently the words say essentially that the killing was morally justified, but tactically a major error.   The general was responsible for the killing of many Americans purportedly.
I would urge anyone who has not read it, to read Howard Zinn’s excellent: “A Peoples History of the United States”.   Zinn convincedly shows how repeatedly the U.S. and its government exploit and kill both people abroad and in the U.S.
In Gaza, there have been protests for over a year involving unarmed Palestinians and Israeli troops.   One site notes that 190 Palestinians have been killed and 28,000 injured over the past year – see: https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2019/mar/29/a-year-of-bloodshed-at-gaza-border-protests.

Over many years there have been Gazan Palestinian attacks upon Israel.   One summary noted: From 2004 to 2014, these attacks have killed 27 Israeli civilians, 5 foreign nationals, 5 IDF soldiers, and at least 11 Palestinians[5] and injured more than 1900 people,[citat” - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_rocket_attacks_on_Israel.  Another report from the Jerusalem post states: IDF annual report: 1,000 rockets fired at Israel from Gaza in 2018

A significant increase in rocket fire led to Israel striking Gaza 865 times. A total of 16 Israelis were killed in terror attacks over the past year.   https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/IDF-1000-rockets-fired-at-southern-Israel-from-Gaza-over-the-past-year-575871.

I have read a lot about the murderous Palestinians!   I’ve ready relatively little about the murderous Israelis!    1000 rockets – a huge increase – killed 16 Israelis.   

28000 Palestinians injured last year.   Gaza has a population of 1.8 million compared to 327,000,000 in the U.S.   The injury total is the equivalent of 5, 086,666 Americans injured in a year.   Who is being hurt ?

About half a million people died in Iraq as a result of war-related causes between the US-led invasion in 2003 and mid-2011, an academic study suggests.  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-24547256 . With a population of about 38 million, comparing the U.S. and Iraq, this is the equivalent of 4.3 million Americans killed.  

Now, some of you would say that the killings of Iraqis were not the fault of the U.S.   I would argue that that war instigated through lies by the U.S. caused a substantial number of, if not all of the deaths in Iraq.

Now, let’s look at what has happened to date.   One important Iranian leader has been killed.   The retaliation to date has been evidently minimal as far as the killing of Americans.   One can not guess what will happen next.

I think that the Iranians are very smart in what they have done so far!   They have impressed upon their own people that they can “be tough” with the U.S.    They have not given Trump much of an excuse to retaliate in a major way.

I see a similarity so far in what has happened to the Israelis as a result of their blockage and endless killings in Gaza and the U.S. Iranian situation.   In both cases, “the enemy” (not mine, however) has done relatively little damage to the major power (U.S./Israel) and in an odd sense has turned the tables – the “terror” and “fright” are largely within the dominant power.

Do not be naïve!   The Gazans are tactically – deliberately – not killing large numbers of Israelis.   Similarly, the Iranians have chosen to not kill significant numbers of U.S.ians.    Now, U.S. corporations, military bases, embassies and other similar parts of our country must, of necessity be on high alert.

IF, the U.S. decides to accelerate the violence, the Iranians will have the option of totally disrupting parts of the U.S. economy (which they still may do), through cyber attacks.   They also will have the option of killing Americans in numbers enough to start a war.

Who is winning and who is losing?



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