As expected [stderr] the wars in Syria and Iraq have devolved into a horror show of human tragedy. And, to exacerbate it, you’ve got America’s fondness for saturation bombing civilians with high explosive.
That probably seems like a strong claim, given that the US media have been carefully dancing around “coalition airstrikes” and “artillery support” but the numbers tell the truth.
The myth is that there is controlled, surgical, strikes against targets that have been identified, selected, and called in by steely-eyed artillery spotters and drone pilots. The reality is that you simply cannot fire that many aimed shots. [marinetimes] If they’re not aimed shots, they’re area fire: a war crime.
WASHINGTON – Marines providing artillery support to U.S.-backed Syrian fighters in Raqqa fired so many consecutive rounds they burned out the barrels of two M777 155 mm howitzers.
“Every minute of every hour we were putting some kind of fire on ISIS in Raqqa, whether it was mortars, artillery, rockets, [High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems], Hellfires, armed drones, you name it,” Troxell told reporters on Monday. Troxell had visited Raqqa a couple weeks ago for a period of four hours.
4 whole hours? What a tough guy. But, seriously, there’s no way that’s all aimed fire. And let me call your attention to the highlighted bullshit above: no, they were putting some kind of fire on a city. A city in which, somewhere, there were probably some ISIS fighters who hadn’t left yet. That orwellian turn of phrase attempts to make it sound as though the US forces were only blowing up ISIS fighters, not the city of Raqqa. That is a lie.
It doesn’t look like Dresden did after the bombing – but only because photos of Dresden are mostly monochrome.
They laid some fire down on those German Wehrmacht soldiers in Dresden, all right.
The US military chest-thumps and gloats a bit about its accomplishments: [marinetimes]:
A small Marine artillery battalion fired more rounds than any artillery battalion since Vietnam.
“They fired more rounds in five months in Raqqa, Syria, than any other Marine artillery battalion, or any Marine or Army battalion, since the Vietnam war,” said Army Sgt. Major. John Wayne Troxell, the senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Remember, the Vietnam war was characterized by massive bombardments, that were more severe than some in WWII.
“In five months they fired 35,000 artillery rounds on ISIS targets, killing ISIS fighters by the dozens,” Troxell told Marine Corps Times during a roundtable discussion Jan. 23. “We needed them to put pressure on ISIS and we needed them to kill ISIS.”
To put the numbers in context: During all of Operation Desert Storm, both the Marines and the Army fired a little more than 60,000 artillery rounds.
In the invasion of Iraq, just over 34,000 rounds were fired.
Dozens. Holy fucking flaming balls of fuck. They did that to
killput pressure on ISIS fighters by the dozen. This is the American taxpayer’s dollars at work. Imagine if that was Seattle. Imagine the wailing and screaming if that was Seattle. You know what? The wailing and screaming would sound just like all the other wailing and screaming, everywhere, any time – because wailing and screaming civilians all sound the same. These assholes are bragging that they fired more whupass at Raqqa (and the civilians in Raqqa and possibly a few ISIS fighters) than was used in another massive war crime. Yay! We war crime bigly! We blew up a city harder than we blew up an entire country! USA! USA!
I do not support our troops.
The US’ actions created ISIS. So, arguably, we blew Raqqa flat in order to fix a problem we created. Look out, Flint Michigan – the US army knows how to ‘fix’ your problems.