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Adam 6h
Mamana Bibi was slaughtered/executed/blown to bits by US officials and no investigation was ever conducted into her death, despite her family’s pleas, nor an apology was offered by the White House. Explain to me how this is any less brutal than what happened to Khashoggi?
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Adam 6h
Replying to @Cloutman
Mamana Bibi was slaughtered/executed/blown to bits by US officials and no investigation was ever conducted into her death, nor an apology offered by the White House. Explain to me how this is whataboutism or any less brutal than what happened to Khashoggi?
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Adam 7h
Replying to @Khanoisseur
“A year after her death, I traveled to the US and told members of Congress about the drone strike and how it had devastated us. I saw with my own eyes how saddened they were. But no one in the U.S. government promised to investigate what happened.”
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Adam 7h
Replying to @Khanoisseur
“Afterward my daughter Nabeela, then 8-years-old, went to the place her grandmother had been standing. She found her grandmother’s shoes. Our family gathered as many of her body parts as we could find and wrapped them in a cloth.”
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Adam 7h
“My children were home, standing about a hundred feet from her. They watched as she was struck by two Hellfire missiles, blown to bits before their eyes. My daughters and sons felt the explosion and were covered with the smoke and dust. Some were struck by shrapnel.”
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Adam 7h
Replying to @musicaamazigh
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Adam 7h
Replying to @Khanoisseur
4. Khashoggi has rightly become a household name, but how many remember Mamana Bibi, the 68-year old grandmother who was killed by a US drone strike in October 2012, as she was gathering vegetables for her grandkids’ dinner - kids who watched her die?
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Adam 7h
Replying to @Khanoisseur
3. Not a single senior level Pentagon official was ever prosecuted for this crime, leave alone Obama or his national security staff.
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Adam 7h
Replying to @Khanoisseur
2. “Amnesty International examined 45 drone strikes on targets in Pakistan from January 2012 through September of 2013. In one 18 laborers were killed when a missile crashed into their tent and a second missile struck those who came to help."
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Adam 7h
We dropped >200,000 bombs the last 10 years. As Amnesty International noted, “US policy and practices for intentional use of lethal force against terrorism suspects and other people who happen to be near such suspects go far beyond what international human rights law permits”
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Adam 7h
Think we can agree that we do terrible things like assassinations, torture and renditions and detaining people for years without charging them for a crime or due process or trial, and also hate it when others do the same.
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Adam 7h
He’s not wrong. We often do terrible stuff they snuffs out innocent lives and we dismiss it as collateral damage.
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Adam 7h
Replying to @chesscat48
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Adam 7h
Replying to @Khanoisseur
2. The Supreme Court wouldn’t even bother hearing a lawsuit brought against Obama by relatives of two civilians killed by a drone strike in Yemen in 2012. They weren’t suing for money, merely an apology.
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Adam 8h
Not to be outdone, Trump himself has ordered assassinations beyond US borders. So did Obama. As did Bush. And Clinton.
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Adam 17h
And as China’s oil bill rises so will cost of goods it makes for US customers - so everything from iPhones to Nikes could cost more, which is great for CEOs who squeeze out smaller competitors; their stock prices and bonuses could rise; but overall will be a drag on the economy.
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Adam 17h
Not enough production capacity in US to offset loss of Iranian and Saudi oil any time soon.
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Adam 17h
Replying to @Khanoisseur
8. Effective date - November 4, two days before midterm elections - for Iran sanctions (supported by Saudi, Israel) is timed to minimize duration of the pain at the pump, should prices skyrocket, while allowing a window to woo late-deciding pro-Israel and evangelical voters.
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Adam 17h
Replying to @Khanoisseur
7. HOWEVER, when Trump’s Iran sanctions kick in next month (four days before midterm elections), oil could shoot back up to > $100, unless the Saudis step in and fill the gap. That could mean both more pain at the gas pump and higher heating bills.
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Adam 17h
Replying to @Khanoisseur
6. The Great Recession was triggered when oil approached $90/barrel as people had to choose between paying for gas and paying their mortgage, exposing the underlying mortgage-backed securities fraud. US has a higher tolerance for higher oil prices now than it did a decade ago.
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