Friday, September 30, 2016

Does Bombing Work ???

Despite dropping 54,611 bombs and missiles in 15,362 airstrikes across the Middle East, the U.S.-backed coalition seems no closer to stamping out terrorism than when it began.

That figure comes from Airwars, a nonprofit that keeps track of the aerial campaign against Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the terrorist group commonly known in the West as ISIS or ISIL) and other groups in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

Since the air war on Daesh began on Aug. 8, 2014, the U.S.-backed coalition has carried out 9,996 airstrikes in Iraq and 5,366 airstrikes in Syria.

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Does bombing work? Apparently not, if its goal is to defeat an enemy:

  • Bombing alone did not defeat Germany,
  • Bombing did not defeat Vietnam, and
  • Bombing is not defeating "terrorism".

What the bombing of Iraq and Syria is accomplishing is the utter destruction of those two former nation states.

But why, other than paving the way for Greater Israel, would anyone want to do that?

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