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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Trump’s “Total Destruction” is “Good War” policy

Trump’s "Total Destruction" declaration at the United Nations reflects America’s historic “Good War” doctrine

By Michael Hoffman

The liberals have sallied forth to condemn Donald Trump’s words at the United Nations —  that if Kim Jung-un (“Rocket Man”), continues his belligerence, the U.S. will “totally destroy North Korea.”

These are the same liberals who applaud, salute and hallow the U.S. attempt to totally destroy Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany during World War II —  men, women and children; their cities and cultural heritage.

These are the liberals for whom Bill Clinton’s former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, is a beacon of sanity on the world stage. Albright, the liberal humanitarian oracle, was interviewed May 12, 1996 on the CBS news program “60 Minutes.” CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl, speaking of U.S. sanctions against Iraq, asked Albright, “We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And – and you know, is the price worth it?” 

Albright: “I think this is a very hard choice, but the price – we think the price is worth it.”

Trump’s declaration is a legacy of the U.S. government's 20th century policy of genocide against demonized civilian populations, whether Iraqi, Palestinian, German or Japanese.

Indeed, Trump was followed at the United Nations podium by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, whose government has on at least two occasions (at Qana in 1996 and in Palestine in 2009), murdered Palestinian and Lebanese civilians who were harboring in clearly marked U.N. compounds that were supposed to be off limits to attack. The intentional Israeli massacre at the United Nations enclave in Qana killed 106 civilians. 

Furthermore, in 1948 U.N. envoy Count Folke-Bernadotte was murdered by an Israeli terror gang, one of whose leaders was Yitzhak Shamir, the future Israeli Prime Minister. Israeli war crimes against the United Nations are buried in silence and amnesia.

If President Trump’s words were reprehensible (and they were indeed), they are no less so than the policies behind “the Good War” and the “Iraq War”— wars of total destruction waged on the basis of “unconditional surrender," which Washington has undertaken for more than 75 years, with no remorse from the liberals thundering anathemas at Donald Trump.

For further study

Yuki Tanaka and Marilyn B. Young, Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth Century History

Jörg Friedrich and Allison Brown, The Fire: The Bombing of Germany, 1940-1945

Tony Clifton and Catherine Leroy, God Cried (on the Israeli Bombing of Lebanon)

Norman G. Finkelstein, This Time We Went Too Far

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