Human beings, capable of the most heroic acts of generosity, mercy and kindness, are also nature’s most feared killers. Whenever we organize to kill other groups of human beings, the history of the killing is written forever in the blood of the losers. The terms “Crimes Against Humanity” and “genocide” are used with a delicate selectivity as refined as the greatest works of Mozart. These arguable atrocities are seen as fit subjects for debate, often involving a cost/benefit analysis that always argues how many good lives were saved by killing however many had to be killed, however regrettable their deaths may otherwise have been.
Millions of Americans are currently worked up about a lame duck president who golfs, rage tweets lies and plans super-spreader Christmas parties, while fighting the recommendations of our top epidemiologists, as our pandemic numbers soar, the American death rate 500% our proportion of the world population. Millions of other Americans defend their leader’s dedication to freedom from tyranny. The president is right in abdicating his so-called duties to a nation of traitors after power was openly stolen from him by a nationwide conspiracy of dangerous, sick individuals — AND MILLIONS ARE ACTING LIKE THIS STOLEN ELECTION IS PERFECTLY FINE!
This debate, by itself, shows how fucked up homo sapiens are, how intractably many will defend demonstrable lies, defend even the most wanton public homicide. If you believe the first job of government is to protect the health and safety of the citizens who elect that government, well, the debate seems unfairly one-sided — a president who weaponizes rage while hospitals and morgues overflow and medical precautions are desperately needed to curb mass death is, at best, a failed leader.
I was surprised to learn that as many Japanese died in the little known American fire-bombing of Tokyo as in either of the two cities famously vaporized by American atom bombs at the end of the war . I wasn’t surprised to learn that after Genghis Khan’s army had taken a city, sacked it, raped the women, took slaves, they returned a day later, two days later, to find and execute anyone cowering in hiding. The infamous My Lai Massacre, the March 16, 1968 slaughter of as many as six hundred unarmed Vietnamese civilians, mostly women and children, ended in the court martial and conviction of the lieutenant who ordered the massacre. Nixon quietly let the lieutenant off the hook .
Vietnam veterans, and Vietnamese survivors, have stated that countless such massacres took place in the course of that insane war, My Lai was the only one that was ever front page news, with a photo spread of the terrified and the dead in LIFE magazine. The My Lai massacre is only known today because of the heroic actions of an American helicopter crew who faced down the soldiers who had gone berserk– and an award-winning war photographer, embedded with the unit that slaughtered the inhabitants of My Lai, who captured the killing in progress.
We all know the savagery our fellow “wise apes” are capable of. Look no further than a few months back: three policemen pulling a black man out of his car, on suspicion that he’d passed a counterfeit twenty dollar bill, handcuffing him and kneeling on his neck, minute after agonizing minute, until he was dead. You can google it now Killing of George Floyd video and count down the eight minute and forty-six second lynching documented on a high school girl’s unflinching cellphone video. As Nixon said about sparing Lt. Calley, the man convicted for ordering the atrocity in My Lai, “nobody gives a shit about more dead gooks, Henry.”
Here is the well-born Jared Kushner, the boob that Mr. Trump relates to so much, so similar are their origin stories (alongside two photos from March 16, 1968 in My Lai). Kushner and Trump are two self-made multi-talented geniuses who had minimal help from overbearing billionaire fathers. Let us forget (and really, why mention it?) that, but for incredible luck and considerable cunning, Jared’s grandparents could easily have been featured in black and white photos similar to the ones above, in the Nazi ravaged Europe of the early 1940s.
Jared’s portfolio, as Hand of Mr. Trump, included solving the opioid crisis, making peace in the Middle East, reorganizing the federal government and, most recently, leading the American federal effort to rein in a highly infectious, deadly novel virus.
In his role as Pandemic Czar, Kushner publicly chafed at the idea that the federal government needed to give the states any of its stockpiles of PPE or anything else needed to curtail the virus which will soon have killed 300,000 Americans. “Those are OUR stockpiles!” he insisted nonsensically, with a whiny idiocy that is impossible to unhear.
And blah blah blah. I know you are but what am I? Make me! Suck it, CUCK! Loser!
America boasts 614 billionaires. During the less than nine months of the official pandemic their total net worth rose from $2.95 trillion to $4 trillion. Four trillion looks like this: $4,000,000,000,000. It is four thousand billion– each billion is a thousand million.
Unthinkable, and unfair, as it is for me to mention this, a tiny fraction of this enormous windfall of over $1,000,000,000,000 could go a long way toward easing the misery of millions of Americans more desperate, hungry and in legitimate fear of homelessness and death than at any time since the Great Depression. What I am suggesting, as we all know, is Marxism 101. The most powerful forces of our great nation, the best of us, idealists intent on preserving unlimited liberty above even human life, have an instant and irrefutable rebuttal to my sick and dangerous suggestion: Fuck You.
I suppose that’s a gentler response than a firebomb with a 16 mile radius.
On the night of March 9, 1945, U.S. warplanes launch a new bombing offensive against Japan, dropping 2,000 tons of incendiary bombs on Tokyo over the course of the next 48 hours. Almost 16 square miles in and around the Japanese capital were incinerated, and between 80,000 and 130,000 Japanese civilians were killed in the worst single firestorm in recorded history.source
The real mortality of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Japan will never be known. The destruction and overwhelming chaos made orderly counting impossible. It is not unlikely that the estimates of killed and wounded in Hiroshima (150,000) and Nagasaki (75,000) are over conservative.
At no time during the period between 1943 and 1946 were facilities allotted, or time provided, for the Medical Section of the Manhattan Engineer District to prepare a comprehensive history of its activities. Regulations forbade notetaking. Official records were scanty. There were few charts and photographs.source
The day after the verdict, Nixon ordered Calley released from the post stockade and placed under house arrest in the Fort Benning bachelor officer quarters. Appeals would eventually reduce his punishment to time served.