Exchange with the UK Independent's Dave Randall re Assad, Syria, Obama
By Joe Emersberger at Jun 01, 2012
You wrote very recently of Assad and his wide
"‘He is the President; she is the First Lady; they are dead children. He governs but doesn't protect; she shops and doesn't care… And one hopes that those on the United Nations Security Council, when it reconvenes, will look into the staring eyes of these dead children and remember the hollow words of Assad's wife when she simpered that she “comforts the families” of her country's victims.’"
Have you ever written anything comparable to this about Obama and his wife, or Netanyahu and his wife?
REPLY FROM RANDALL
No, but if the opportunity arises I am quite prepared to.
What Glenn Greenwald describes a few days ago is a routine event.
"Yesterday, I wrote about the rotted workings of the Imperial Mind, but today presents a tragic occasion to examine its close, indispensable cousin: the Authoritarian Mind. From CNN today:
A suspected NATO airstrike killed eight civilians — including six children — in eastern Afghanistan, a provincial spokesman said.
The airstrike took place Saturday night in Paktia province, said Rohullah Samoon, spokesman for the governor of Paktia. He said an entire family was killed in the strike.
The LA Times identified the victims as “Mohammed Shafi, his wife and his six children,” and cited the statements from the spokesman for the Paktia governor’s office that “there is no evidence that Shafi was a Taliban insurgent or linked with Al Qaeda.” The Afghan spokesman blamed the incident on the refusal of NATO to coordinate strikes with Afghan forces to ensure civilians are not targeted (“If they had shared this with us, this wouldn’t have happened”).
An American drone fired two missiles at a bakery in northwest Pakistan Saturday, killing four suspected militants, officials said, as the U.S. pushed ahead with its drone campaign despite Pakistani demands to stop. This was the third such strike in the country in less than a week. . . .
The officials said the victims were buying goods from a bakery when the missiles hit. Residents were still removing the debris, officials said. All of the dead were foreigners, but the officials did not have any information on their identities or nationalities"
And as Greenwald has described here, Obama has personally defined "militant" to be any military aged man in the USA's strike zone.
You literally have "opportunities" on a daily basis to write of Obama and other western leaders the way you wrote of Assad. The fact that you, and the rest of the corporate media, routinely fail to do so, is precisely what makes Western leaders so dangerous.